Pusandao de Pescado (Fish and Vegetables in Coconut Milk)

by Erica Dinho on July 14, 2011

Pusandao de Pescado

This Pusandao de Pescado is a traditional Colombian dish is from Tumaco, a port city located on the Pacific Ocean. Fresh fish, coconut milk, Colombian herbs, spices,Yuca, plantain and potatoes. What’s not to love?

It’s Colombian cooking at it’s simple and full of flavor. Serve over plain white rice and add some lime juice. You are going to love this dish!I made my pusundao with sworfish, but the dish is traditionally made with bagre (catfish).

Buen provecho!



(4 servings)

  • 4 swordfish fillets or other firm fish
  • 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
  • 3 cups coconut milk, fresh or canned
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon achiote or color
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 pound yuca or cassava, cut into pieces
  • 2 green plantains, cut into small chunks
  • Fresh cilantro


  1. In a medium pot, over medium heat, warm the olive oil and butter.
  2. Add the onions, red pepper, garlic, tomato and sauté until tender and translucent, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add cumin, color, salt and pepper.
  3. Add the potatoes, plantains, yuca, coconut milk and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
  4. Add the fish and cook for 15 minutes more. Serve warm.
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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 norma July 14, 2011 at 9:20 AM

I know…I love it already..


2 Lyndsey ~The Tiny Skillet~ July 14, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Oh yum! Erica here is yet another recipe of yours that I have to bookmark and definitely make! It looks like it would be good anytime of the day! Again…yum!


3 Faith July 14, 2011 at 12:17 PM

This looks so flavorful, Erica! I really love coconut milk in savory dishes like this!


4 Tracey@Tangled Noodle July 14, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Fabulous! I am already printing this out to try with some marlin steaks in my freezer! I love the addition of plantains and yuca, and coconut milk makes such a rich, creamy sauce when served with rice. 8-)


5 Belinda @zomppa July 15, 2011 at 1:52 PM

What is not to love is right!


6 Stevie July 15, 2011 at 4:08 PM

Swordfish! Wow. I adore that. This looks really good. I need to visit Colombia soon.


7 Heather B July 17, 2011 at 5:45 AM

It looks wonderful! Thank you! I will be making this soon!


8 Barbara July 17, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Looks marvelous, Erica. I use coconut milk all the time and this dish is chock full of delicious ingredients. Can’t help but be a winner!


9 Emily from The Best of this Life July 20, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Wow! This looks delicious. What a great recipe to try! Thanks for sharing :)

xo Emily


10 jt1120 July 21, 2011 at 12:41 PM

WOW was this good! My wife loved this for its “comfort food” quality, but I could have used a little more spice. Also, I used cod instead of swordfish. I’m wondering if I used paprika instead of the achiote would it give me both some color and some spice, but the mrs told me not to change the recipe. It’s a definite keeper. Thanks for the great recipe and keep them coming!


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