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Healthy coconut-crust fish

A fragrant fish recipe with desiccated coconut, chilli and shallot. The full-of-flavour meal comes served with fried potatoes and an avocado and tomato salad.

Serves 4

Prep Time 20 min

Cooking Time 15 min


  • 25g desiccated coconut
  • 800g potatoes, scrubbed and cut into wedges
  • 4tsp groundnut oil
  • 100g shallots, sliced
  • 1 red chilli, finely sliced
  • 4 fresh kaffir lime or basil leaves, finely sliced
  • Cooking oil spray
  • 4 x 150g cod or other white fish fillets
  • 4 tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • ½ cucumber, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • Juice 1 lemon


  1. Put the desiccated coconut in a small bowl and cover with hot water. Soak for 10 min, then drain. Steam the potatoes for 6–8 min until almost tender.
  2. Heat 1tsp of the oil in a non-stick frying pan. Add the shallots, chilli and kaffir lime or basil leaves, then cook for a few min until golden and caramelised. Add the drained coconut and fry for 1 min more. Set aside and keep warm.
  3. Heat a large non-stick frying pan with the remaining oil, then add the steamed potatoes. Fry for 5–6 min until golden. Season with ground black pepper.
  4. Meanwhile, spray another large non-stick frying pan with oil and cook the fish for 3 min. Turn and cook for 1–2 min more until cooked through.
  5. Put the tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, avocado and onion in a bowl. Squeeze over the lemon juice and toss.
  6. Top the fish with the coconut mixture, then serve with the fried potatoes and avocado salad.

Nutrition per serving

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443 34.6g 16.2g 5.7g 10g 8g 0.3g 58mg 42.1g 2.3mg

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