Pacific Paradise on Your Plate: Ika Mata Recipe Unveiled

Dish recipes: Ika Mata
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Embark on a culinary journey to the Pacific with our Ika Mata recipe, a traditional dish from the Cook Islands that mirrors the vibrant flavors of the ocean. This raw fish salad, marinated in coconut and citrus, is a refreshing delight that brings the taste of the tropics to your table.


1 lb fresh fish fillets, diced (kg: 0.45)

1 cup coconut cream

Juice of 4 limes

1 cucumber, diced

1 tomato, diced 1 red onion, finely chopped

1 red chili, seeds removed and finely chopped

Fresh cilantro, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

Lettuce leaves for serving


In a bowl, combine diced fresh fish with lime juice, ensuring the fish is fully coated. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes. Mix in coconut cream, diced cucumber, tomato, red onion, red chili, and fresh cilantro. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Adjust lime juice if needed. Refrigerate the Ika Mata for an additional 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld. Serve the Ika Mata on lettuce leaves for a refreshing and vibrant presentation.


Enjoy the burst of tropical freshness by serving Ika Mata as an appetizer, light lunch, or a delightful side dish that transports you to the turquoise waters of the Pacific.

Let Ika Mata be your ticket to a Pacific paradise on your palate a dish that encapsulates the simplicity and freshness of Cook Islands cuisine.