Raw fish salad
Photo by Photography/styling by Tamara West
Also known as kokoda, a very popular dish in the islands where fresh fish is abundant. This is my favourite way to eat really fresh fish. It’s a dish I have very fond memories of as we usually have it at the beach, the bach or on a boat when someone catches a fish. Though technically the fish is not cooked (with heat), the flesh still has the texture and appearance of cooked fish, a result of the acid in the lime juice reacting with the protein.
- Dice fish into 2cm cubes. Place in a non-metal, noncorrosive bowl and mix with fresh lime/lemon juice. Cover and chill in fridge to marinate for at least 30minutes and up to 1 hour — the acid of the lime/lemon juice will “cook’’ the fish, turning it an opaque colour.
- While the fish is marinating, prepare the remaining ingredients. Dice mango or pineapple flesh until you have 1 cup of diced fruit; finely dice the red onion, capsicum and chilli; de-seed the tomatoes and dice; thinly slice spring onions.
- When ready to serve, mix fish and lime/lemon juice with mango or pineapple, onion, capsicum, chilli, tomatoes, spring onion and coconut cream to taste. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve in small bowls as a refreshing
starter or light meal.