Bacalao con Salsa de Coco y Choclo (Cod Fish with Coconut-Corn Sauce)

by Erica Dinho on April 19, 2012

I can’t even begin to describe the amazing flavors of this dish. The thyme, garlic and corn work so well with the fresh cilantro, cod fish and sweet coconut milk. This is an easy weeknight meal packed with flavor. Serve it over white rice to soak up the delicious sauce, and drizzle with lime juice.

Enjoy it!



(4 servings)

  • 4 cod fillets
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup sliced onions
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Fresh cilantro


  1. In a large saucepan over medium heat, heat the butter and oil. Add the red pepper flakes, onion and garlic and cook until soft. Add the corn and cook for 5 minutes. Add the stock and coconut milk. Bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat and cook uncovered for 10 minutes. Place the mixture into a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. In a saute pan, heat some olive oil. When the oil is smoking hot, add the fish. Saute for 2 minutes and flip over. Return the mixture to the pan and heat over medium-low heat. Add the fish to the sauce and cook for about 8 minutes more, until the fish is cooked all the way through.
  4. Serve over white rice and garnish with fresh cilantro.
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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa April 19, 2012 at 7:34 AM

I had a momentary pause there where I literally daydreamed about this combination. Want it. Please.


2 Joanne April 19, 2012 at 8:16 AM

I LOVE the sound of that sauce! I would have a hard time not just drinking it.


3 Platanos, Mangoes and Me! April 19, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I can just imagine the taste of this fish….rico!


4 Jeannie April 20, 2012 at 1:54 AM

Something I have not tried before, pairing corn ad coconut to make sauce…looks really creamy and delicious!


5 rebecca subbiah April 22, 2012 at 5:11 PM

wow this looks amazing one to bookmark


6 Denise Browning@frombraziltoyou April 26, 2012 at 1:13 AM

Hola, Erica!
I love this recipe. In Brazil, we have a lot of codfish recipes, but none with coconut milk. It’s something that i’ll have to try . Keep up the good work…xx


7 Erica April 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Thank you!


8 Erin April 30, 2012 at 9:41 PM

I made this dish, but use tilapia fish and it was really delicious!


9 Carley May 31, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Hi Erica, I was making this recipe and I noticed that there were no instructions as to what to do with the thyme and cumin. Could you please review it? Thanks!


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