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Pull Out Your Cutting Board – Samoan Fish Salad “Oka” Recipe

Apr 28, 2023 | Cook Islands, Fiji, Recipes, South Pacific

Spring is in the air, and we are all looking for new and fresh cooking ideas.

As you may guess, coconut is a staple of the South Pacific islands, and each island has a unique raw fish dish.

In Fiji, this dish is called “Kokonda”; in The Cook Islands, “Ika Mata”; and in Samoa, “Oka.”

Today I am sharing a recipe for Samoan Fish Salad “Oka.”

A delicious Samoan fish salad that will leave you wanting more. It is similar to a Latin ceviche but made with coconut milk too.

This dish should be served the day you prepare it!

Course: Appetizer or a light meal

Cuisine: Samoan

Prep Time:15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

 Serving:  4

 Calories: 238 kcal


  • 1 lb. Tuna, Red Snapper, or Mahi Mahi (debonded). You can use any fresh fish you like. Just make sure it is fresh fish.
  • 1/2 cup lime juice freshly squeezed
  • 1/4 onion diced
  • 2 green onions
  • 2 small tomatoes diced
  • 1 cucumber Peeled, seeded, and diced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 cup Coconut milk
  • 1 serrano or hot red chili pepper minced (optional)
  • salt to taste


  1. Cut up your fish into bite-size pieces.
  2. Put in a bowl and cover with the freshly squeezed citrus juice.
  3. Marinate for about 10 minutes or until you finish cutting the other vegetables. The citrus cooks the diced fish quickly.
  4. Dice up the vegetables into similar bite-size pieces.
  5. Drain the citrus from the fish and add the vegetables
  6. Add in the coconut milk
  7. Add salt to taste
  8. Refrigerate for about an hour to let all the flavors meld together, then serve

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