Croaker Fish in Coconut Milk

I can already hear the “But 9jafoodie, this isn’t croaker fish now”, Yes I am aware of that. When I created this recipe originally, I had access to croaker fish, I wasn’t sure I was going to like it so I didn’t photograph my journey. The recipe was a hit and when I decided to recreate it for the blog, I couldn’t find a good size croaker fish. Just pretendΒ  I used croaker fish.


  • 1 large size croaker fish ( or 2 smaller once)
  • 4ooml coconut milk (~ 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/2 of a medium onion (chopped)
  • 2 Garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 2 maggi cubes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 table spoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large tomato (Optional)


  • Clean and pat dry the fish. using a knife, create deep incisions all along the fish. Set in a oven safe deep dish
  • In a bowl combine the coconut milk, maggi, salt, thyme, onion, garlic, olive oil and pepper. pour the mixture over the fish.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the fish in the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven, with a serving spoon remove half of the cooking liquid and set aside. Return the fish to the oven and bake for another 15 minutes.

Remove the fish from the broth, in a blender combine the broth (with onions and all) and the tomato. blend until smooth. Set the pureed mixture in a medium pot over high heat and cook until it is reduced ( ~10mins).

  • Serve the tomato and Coconut sauce on the fish.

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  1. Abimbola December 20, 2015 at 2:42 am - Reply

    If I can’t get the ready-made coconut milk, can I blend coconut itself and sieve it

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie December 20, 2015 at 8:10 pm - Reply

      Yes, you can make your own coconut cream. blend coconut and strain (like ogi). then place on medium heat and boil until thickened and reduced.

  2. Dayo B March 19, 2015 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Hi 9jafoodie,

    The recipe calls for one large tomato in the ingredient list but a puree in the cooking instructions. Which one should we use? Thanks.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 19, 2015 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Fresh tomato, sorry about the confusion. Recipe clarified.

  3. Emass June 17, 2013 at 8:38 am - Reply

    I must try this.. delicious.

  4. TasteBud February 16, 2013 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this recipe. It was delicious, my husband who is not a lover of non fried fish loved it and cleared his plate. The only changes I made was to add some hot sauce and sweet chili sauce when blending the coconut and tomato sauce. It was delicious. Definitely a keeper. Thank you.

  5. oj November 7, 2012 at 2:50 am - Reply

    na wa o, amazing food things dey happen for here. am so inspired to revive my love for cooking. thnx

  6. [email protected] October 29, 2012 at 4:33 am - Reply

    Jesus! Did u know this brought me and my boyfriend back? Cos he said he can’t stand anoda man enjoy this.;) thks to u

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm - Reply

      o wow.. this is great dear, congratulations.

  7. ebonydiva September 27, 2012 at 5:02 am - Reply

    Very interesting indeed I ll try ir with another type of fish cos crocker is nt available in d country am staying

  8. Marionette September 23, 2012 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    Can you use light coconut milk and adobo seasoning instead of the 2 magi cubes?

  9. speculnut September 15, 2012 at 11:28 am - Reply

    do u cover the baking dish,and what other option if no baking fish

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 16, 2012 at 3:24 pm - Reply

      No, you do not need to cover the baking dish.

  10. Naija Dey Chop sha September 10, 2012 at 1:15 am - Reply

    Abeg, what do you eat this with? Also, would this go very well with Salmon?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 13, 2012 at 6:38 am - Reply

      RICE OR pasta…. Sockeye salmon will work .

  11. U know who August 29, 2012 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Now i’ve found my weekend project, i’m not very adventurous with food but everytime i visit ur blog i get inspired to try more variety of foods, thanks a lot

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 31, 2012 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      I don’t know who :(. lol. I am happy the blog inspires you πŸ™‚

  12. Mounah August 10, 2012 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Has anyone told you how wicked you are…I mean, you put all these delicious food up here and just go away like that, JK. On a more serious note, how can you keep doing this to me? Next time, I ‘m only visiting your blog when I’m not hungry. Great work, keep it up.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 10, 2012 at 9:38 am - Reply

      LOL….. YES, I have been told. hahah. Thanks love! longest time πŸ™‚

  13. Nwendu August 1, 2012 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    dis is really yummy i must try dis…but dat looks like spring onion right?

  14. Name August 1, 2012 at 9:15 am - Reply

    Wow it looks soo amazing, and it is healthy as well, i see there is very little oil in the recipe.. me is going to try this over the weekend

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 1, 2012 at 10:58 pm - Reply

      Very tasty and yummm!!! let us know how it turns out

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