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Coconut Ceviche Fish with Sweet Potato Puree

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Credit: Christie Connelly

This is my take on the Fijian raw fish dish called kokoda. The marinated fish is often served with a chunk of steamed sweet potato, but I like the texture contrast of a smooth purée with the tangy fish and fresh herbs. Served with some quality corn chips or tortilla chips on the side for scooping, it’s fantastic!



  • 300g fresh snapper fillet, skin & bones removed
  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 500g sweet potato, peeled & cubed
  • ¼ red onion, very finely diced
  • ½ green capsicum, very finely diced
  • 1 very ripe tomato, very finely diced
  • 200mL coconut milk, plus 2 tbsp extra
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Bunch coriander, leaves picked
  • Corn chips or tortilla chips, to serve (not pictured)
  1. Slice snapper fillet into 2–3cm cubes. Place in glass or ceramic container with lid and add lime juice and lemon juice. Mix well and put in fridge with lid on for 4 hours, or overnight. Stir every hour or so for first 4 hours to make sure each piece of fish is properly marinated. It should be completely white with no clear bits when done.
  2. About 1 hour before serving, place sweet potato in medium saucepan and fill with cold water. Bring to boil over high heat and cook for 10 mins until very tender. Drain and mash with extra 2 tbsp coconut milk. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool to room temperature.
  3. Drain fish from marinated liquid and place in mixing bowl. Add onion, capsicum, tomato and coconut milk and gently mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. To serve, spread some sweet potato puree on plates, top with fish and garnish with coriander. Use corn chips to scoop up mixture.

Serves: 4 as a starter


Christie Connelly

Christie publishes the popular Australian food blog Fig & Cherry featuring healthy, family-friendly meals and sweet treats with mouth-watering photography to match. Christie draws recipe inspiration from her Hungarian and Lebanese heritages, her travel adventures and, of course, the amazing fertile soil of the Northern Rivers with its abundance of local organic fruits, vegetables, delicious native produce and healthy free-range-reared animals. Her passion is educating parents, grandparents and carers how to shop for, prepare and cook healthy, nutritious food and to encourage children to enjoy it as well.