Coconut Cream, Kaffir Leaf & Chilli Kingfish Ceviche

If I could eat one dish for the rest of my life, this would be it. I never make these type of claims so I hope you are taking me seriously. I love raw fish more than I love my children. Jokes! But it's close. Very close. And that's why I am so excited to introduce you to my Kingfish Ceviche. With spring in full swing here in Australia, I can't stopping thinking about ceviche. It's such an excellent meal on a warm day. This recipe is inspired by all the Thai flavours we know and love - coconut cream, fish sauce, limes, kaffir leaves, coriander and chilli. It's punchy, clean and fragrant dish that's so good, and so quick and easy to make. The thing is, I am well aware kingfish ceviche is something we usually only eat at restaurants. It seems fancy and not something we would make at home. But not anymore. My recipe for Kingfish Ceviche is quite possibly the easiest seafood dishes to make at home. It's as simple as making the coconut sauce and plating the dish. Yup. It's that easy. And it's that simple.

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This recipe is so simple, trust me

It is, I promise. Start by lightly toasting coconut shavings in a pot on low heat, then set them aside to cool. Next, place the slices of raw kingfish on a plate in a lovely circular pattern. In a bowl, whisk the coconut cream, fish sauce and miring, lime juice then slowly pour around the kingfish. Garnish with the toasted coconut shavings, chilli, kaffir leaves and coriander. This is the perfect spring and summertime recipe you can whip us in less than 10 minutes. True story. All you need to do is add a refreshingly ice cold glass of white wine, sit back in the warm sun and enjoy.


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Secret tips for success

  • Most fish mongers will have kingfish. If you're not sure, ask them when they expect to get fresh fillets in and when it's available, ask them to cut the kingfish fillet sashimi style.
  • Always buy and eat your raw fish on the same day. The next day is fine, but don't leave the raw fish in your fridge any longer than that.
  • One kingfish fillet per person is plenty.
  • Don't like coriander? Swap it for parsley. 
  • If you live on the Sunshine Coast, I always get my seafood from the Noosa Seafood Market. If you live in Brisbane, I can recommend Morgan's Seafood in Scarborough; it's great! 


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A little note from me

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this recipe. I hope you feel inspired to make this Kingfish Ceviche! I know a lot of you are doing it tough in lockdown, so I hope this recipe brings you a little comfort and joy to your day. 

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