Tender coconut water poached fish

Poached fish. Photo: iStock/LauriPatterson

It is a delicate and flavourful dish where fresh fish fillets are gently cooked in tender coconut water, infusing them with a subtle sweetness and refreshing taste. The fish is poached slowly in the coconut water, allowing it to absorb the natural flavours while retaining its tenderness and moisture. Here is how to prepare it:

4 fillets of white fish (such as tilapia, cod, or halibut)
2 cups tender coconut water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-inch piece of ginger, thinly sliced
1 small onion, thinly sliced
2-3 green chillies, slit lengthwise (optional)
Salt to taste
Fresh coriander leaves for garnish (optional)
Lemon wedges for serving

In a wide, shallow pan, combine the tender coconut water, minced garlic, sliced ginger, sliced onion, and slit green chillies (if using)
Place the pan over medium heat and bring the coconut water mixture to a gentle simmer
Season the fish fillets with salt on both sides
Carefully place the fish fillets into the simmering coconut water mixture, ensuring they are submerged
Poach the fish gently for about 8-10 minutes, or until cooked through
The exact cooking time will depend on the thickness of the fish fillets
Once the fish is cooked, carefully remove the fillets from the poaching liquid using a slotted spoon and transfer them to serving plates
Garnish the poached fish with fresh cilantro leaves, if desired, and serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side
Optionally, you can strain the poaching liquid and serve it as a light sauce alongside the fish

This tender coconut water poached fish is delicate, flavourful, and pairs well with steamed rice or vegetables. It's a simple yet elegant dish that showcases the unique taste of tender coconut water. Enjoy experimenting with this cooking technique!

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