Cazuela de Pescado al Coco Gratinada (Fish and Coconut Casserole al Gratin)

by Erica Dinho on May 26, 2010

cazuela de pescado y coco

This fish and coconut dish is fantastic. Eating it makes me think that everything is right with the world :) Swordfish is one of my favorite fishes to use for this recipe because of its firm texture. It cooks very well in the coconut sauce, but if you prefer, you can use another white fish such as snapper, cod, sea bass or tilapia.

Serve this with nice plain white rice to soak up the delicious sauce. You will find yourself simply gobbling it up. It was completely satisfying.

Buen Provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 4 swordfish fillets
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped, onion
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 fish bouillon tablet
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon achiote or color
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper

Cazuela de Pescado Gratinada


  1. Rub the fish with the lime juice. Set aside.
  2. In a large, oven proof saucepan over medium heat, warm the olive oil and butter.
  3. Add the onions, red pepper, garlic, tomato and sauté until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cumin, color, salt and pepper.
  4. Add the cream, fish bouillon, coconut milk and bring to a boil. Add the fish and cover. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese on top.
  5. Place under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until golden on top. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot.
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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ivy May 26, 2010 at 10:53 AM

I’ve never seen a fish gratin recipe. It sounds delicious.


2 Gera @ SweetsFoodsBlog May 26, 2010 at 10:54 AM

Fish and coco, oh Erica wonderful mix. It blends 2 worlds the savory and the sweet :)




3 Kim May 26, 2010 at 11:05 AM

Oh wow! How delicious and comforting this would be Erica! It looks gorgeous.


4 Lyndsey May 26, 2010 at 11:10 AM

This sounds so good, what interesting flavors you have here! I have got to try this.


5 Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 26, 2010 at 12:00 PM

I can’t help but think that looks like a dessert. I bet it tastes wonderful. :) There aren’t too many ways I don’t like fish.



6 anncoo May 26, 2010 at 12:21 PM

This looks so delicious and flavorful. I can surely eat extra rice with this.


7 5 Star Foodie May 26, 2010 at 12:46 PM

What an amazing flavorful preparation of swordfish, very yummy!


8 Belinda @zomppa May 26, 2010 at 1:19 PM

I believe this is fabulous! Great combination!!


9 Melanie May 26, 2010 at 1:32 PM

This dish looks delicious as do all of your recipes Erica.


10 Simply Life May 26, 2010 at 5:25 PM

ooh what a great dish!


11 Sook May 26, 2010 at 7:03 PM

I love that there is coconut in it!


12 Joan Nova May 26, 2010 at 7:11 PM

Looks very rich and delicious. Definitely screams for an accompaniment of white rice and a squeeze of lime!


13 Barbara May 27, 2010 at 8:04 AM

Marvelous, Erica! Both the presentation AND the flavors.


14 Amy @ cookbookmaniac May 27, 2010 at 8:26 AM

I love how a delicious dish can make us feel like it can save the world. Just by your description I am inspired to make this because all I want is for everyone to be happy.


15 Maria May 27, 2010 at 8:29 AM

That sounds great! I love the coconut with the lime … fantastic flavors together. And a very different way to enjoy fish. I have some coconut milk in the pantry and I have been trying to decide what I want to make with it. Thanks for the idea!


16 Erica May 27, 2010 at 9:29 AM

Thank you guys for the comments!


17 norma May 27, 2010 at 9:30 AM

This is new for me and I think you have a winner here.


18 Carolina May 27, 2010 at 11:13 AM

This looks delicious!!!!!!!!!


19 Jenn AKA The Leftover Queen May 27, 2010 at 11:00 PM

What a delicious combination!


20 tasteofbeirut May 28, 2010 at 8:44 AM

This looks and judging by the list of ingredients sounds delicious as well; I have just about all the ingredients at hand, and all I need to do is go get me some fish; great idea, thanks Erica.


21 saloua May 29, 2010 at 4:23 PM

I ate the same thing last week in paris in a colombian restaurant, and I wanted to make the same at home ,thanks for giving the recipe , thank you so much for all the recipes you share with us


22 Hannah May 30, 2010 at 2:16 AM

This looks rich and HEAVENLY! I kinda want to dive in and swim in it… :D


23 Sandra G. June 2, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Love coconut and fish together yum!


24 Erica June 3, 2010 at 1:04 PM

Thank you guys! This dish is wonderful.


25 Oysterculture June 6, 2010 at 3:54 PM

What an incredibly yummy sounding dish, love the mix of fish and coconut and of course the sunny color for the anchiote makes it just look happy!


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