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Thai-style coconut-crusted cod recipe

Thai-style coconut-crusted cod recipe

7 ratings

Delicate, flaky cod is the perfect base for this spicy, flavour-packed Thai dinner. The fresh coconut, chilli and ginger crust adds tons of tropical flavour, while the crisp carrot and cucumber salad makes a vibrant side. See method

  • Serves 4
  • 10 mins to prepare and 30 mins to cook
  • 303 calories / serving
  • Gluten-free
  • Dairy-free


  • 1 whole coconut or 100g pack fresh coconut chunks
  • 1 green chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped
  • 4cm piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 15g fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 limes, 1 zested, 1½ juiced, ½ cut into wedges
  • 4 cod fillets

For the salad

  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 250g pack carrot spaghetti or 2 large carrots, peeled and grated
  • 1 cucumber, halved, deseeded and finely sliced
  • 15g fresh coriander, roughly chopped
  • 1 red onion, finely sliced
If you don't have any limes, try a lemon instead

Each serving contains

  • Energy

  • Fat

    17g 25%
  • Saturates

    10g 49%
  • Sugars

    8g 9%
  • Salt

    0.7g 12%

of the reference intake
Carbohydrate 9g Protein 27.7g Fibre 3.6g


  1. If using a whole coconut, preheat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C. Bake it for 15 mins to shrink the flesh from the shell. Remove, then carefully pierce the ‘eyes’ of the coconut with a corkscrew or skewer and drain the water into a glass. Tap the middle of the coconut with a hammer or put into a plastic bag and crack on a solid surface. Scoop out 100g flesh with a spoon.
  2. In a food processor, blitz the coconut flesh, green chilli, ginger, coriander, fish sauce, garlic, coconut oil and lime zest and juice to form a rough paste.
  3. Put the fish on a lined baking tray and spread the coconut paste over the top. Bake for 15–20 mins until golden on top and the fish is cooked.
  4. Meanwhile, make the dressing by mixing the red chilli, vinegar, sesame oil and fish sauce in a bowl. Add the carrot, cucumber, coriander and onion and toss in the dressing. Serve with the fish and the lime wedges to squeeze over.

Tip: Baking the whole coconut makes it much easier to get the flesh out of the shell but doesn't affect the fresh, creamy flavour at all.

If you have any leftover coconut, try blitzing into smoothies, shaving into salads or use to top granola, yogurt or even ice cream. Chill the drained coconut water for a refreshing drink.

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