Coconut Rice & Tropical Salsa for Fish, made of mango, cilantro, red pepper, tomato and scallion with a touch of habanero heat to bring you right under the tropics sun!

A decade ago…  I was travelling with my now husband and my little black Cocker throughout South America, and we ended up in beautiful Cartagena, Colombia. I believe one of my top places in the world! We loved it there, and after living for a year in Peru, everything seemed so different on the other side of the continent. Starting with the first meal we’ve got… Coconut Rice & Tropical Salsa for Fish! So simple and joyful way of doing fish!

Tropical Salsa for Fish

Although in Colombia, they make a “sofrito” (a reduction until paste) with the coconut milk first to give it extra taste and a brownish colour, I’ve skipped this step to cook the rice in coconut milk. The coconut flavour is all there, though, plus it’s way faster and easier this way. A full-on coconut taste with an optional makrut lime leaf to give it a zesty feel that is so inviting! Yes, some would say a bit rich, but if you eat it with a lean fish fillet… the balance is excellent!

Tropical Salsa

I’m all about mangos… who isn’t? But when added to a savoury dish, better cut some of that sweetness off… and no better friend to make this happen than a habanero hot pepper and a vinegar touch! The perfect spiked sweet-and-sour combo, sweet mango, sour apple vinegar and spicy habanero is a match made in heaven… Yes!… That cheezy! This salsa goes well anywhere, but combined with the coconut rice, this dish will bring you to the tropics. A perfect summertime dish!

Variations

Tropical Salsa for Fish

If you don’t find mango, you can easily substitute it with pineapple. Also, if you are part of those fresh cilantro haters, switch to fresh basil leaves. A result as fresh and delicious!

I’ve used a Sole fillet for this dish, but whatever white fish would do the trick!

Other Tropical Dishes

So let’s travel to the tropics!

Coconut Rice & Tropical Salsa for Fish

5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 338
Grilled Fish Fillet on sweet Coconut Rice, topped with fresh tropical salsa made of mango, red pepper, tomato and scallion with a touch of habanero heat to bring you right under the tropics sun!

Ingredients

The Fish

  • 4 Fish fillets (Sole, turbot, or flounder)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt

Coconut rice

  • 250 ml coconut milk
  • 175 g long grain rice
  • 1 makrut lime leaf (*optional)
  • salt

Tropical Salsa

  • 1/2 mango (cut into small dices)
  • 1/2 red pepper (cut into small dices)
  • 3 scallions (finely chopped)
  • 2 tomatoes (cut into small dices)
  • 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar (or cider vinegar)
  • 1/2 tsp fish sauce (*optional)
  • 1/3 tsp grilled sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp habanero pepper (finely chopped (or any hot chili peppers))
  • 1 handful fresh cilantro (finely chopped)

Instructions 

  • Start by making the coconut rice, adding the coconut milk to the rice, a broken makrut lime leaf, and some salt, and cook the usual way (15 min).
  • Cut all the ingredients for the Salsa Tropical into small dice, add the seasoning and reserve.
  • Bring a grill pan or grill to high heat, add a touch of cooking oil spray, and then season with salt fish; let it cook rapidly until the cooking line is halfway up, about 1-2 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  • Turn the fish, add the garlic and a bit more olive oil, and ensure it goes all over the pan; cook another 1-2 minutes or until done.
  • Serve the fillets over the coconut rice and topped with tropical salsa.

Video

Author: Marie Breton
Calories: 338kcal
Course: Plato principal
Cuisine: caribbean
Keyword: black rice, coconut, fillet, fish, grilled, habanero, mango, salsa, tropical

Nutrition

Calories: 338kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 74mg | Potassium: 316mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 986IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 3mg
Nutrition Facts
Coconut Rice & Tropical Salsa for Fish
Amount per Serving
Calories
338
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
17
g
26
%
Saturated Fat
 
12
g
75
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
1
mg
0
%
Sodium
 
74
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
316
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
43
g
14
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
986
IU
20
%
Vitamin C
 
34
mg
41
%
Calcium
 
36
mg
4
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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