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Best Tilapia Fish Coconut Milk One Pot Stew Recipe

This post is about delicious tilapia fish recipe with coconut milk cooked to perfection.

For preparation of the fish, I cut them in half in our dish for today. Fitting the fish into the pot is important so that they can be cooked evenly. When you eat it you do not need to slice it in half, it is ready to eat.

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Even though others can cook it in full without slicing into half it is fine, just make sure they cook perfectly and evenly.

Pot of tilapia fish

Preparing fish is very important that it is very fresh to begin with.

Picking the fresh fish is very important.

  1. Go early to your nearest farmer’s market.
  2. Buy from your trusted fish vendor.
  3. Find gills that are red.
  4. Look at fish scales, check if it is shiny.
  5. Eye of the fish, crystal white or not super reddish eye.
  6. Fish was not smelly from a far, but do not physically put your face to smell the fish for sanitary reasons.
  7. Consume the fresh fish earlier, the better.
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Ginger preparation

Adding ginger especially a lot you include the dish will be more tasty, the soup will taste better. The tilapia fish will be less of the fishy smell.

The lightly tapping of the ginger is very important too to release the juices of the ginger to let us enjoy more its extract which is a fan favorite to fish recipes.

Slicing the ginger into big sizes so that we can boil, It cannot be like sautéing the ginger normally, but I chosen to boil the ginger altogether in one pot to make our lives much more easier.

Big slices of ginger

More suitable for soups and stews as the only goal is to have the extraction of the good oils and juices that the ginger has to offer. 

Ginger is a very reliable and staple in my kitchen they grow on the soil or on the ground. It might look like it has many stems and unique. Ginger has been praise for it’s smell, oil, and healing properties.

If you want to cook then you must be friendly with ginger as it can accommodate almost in every dish like in my Eggplant Salad Recipe.

I tackled on my previous recipe picking out the best onion, vinegar, tomato and eggplant variations. I am sure you can learn a lot from my recipe article that I wrote.

Sliced ginger into the pot with fish

Adding the ginger first to the one pot dish so they can boil the same time with the tilapia fish so that the flavor will come out.

The fish by that process will have a new taste now and merry together.

Sliced red onion for the pot dish

Red onion was used because it is much more delicious. The white onion is more sweet, but the red or violet onion is much more flavorful and sweet too.

Sliced eggplant for fish dish

Eggplant worked fine for the dish as an extender. Only fish for the dish is plain Jane, we add more flavor and unique vegetables that can surprise our family meals loved ones for us to eat. 

Much more delicious to add vegetables and get more excuse for us to up or add our vegetable intake for health and better wellness.

Fresh Coconut Milk is your best bet

Squeezing milk out of coconut husk flesh

The most fresh coconut milk you can find the better. The coconut was ordered by my father early morning when he went to the wet market. Just buy on coconut nut and they will grind the coconut flesh inside for you. Coming back home you have to squeeze it out by yourself. 

Strained coconut milk

Freshly cut open coconut and extraction of coconut milk is the best and freshest taste you can use.

What goes with fish stew?

Fish stew is perfect with other types of cooking you can use tuna or salmon. Another meal you can pair with fish stew is a fried pork belly. A stew would always be perfect with something fried on the side.

What can I use fish stock for?

Fish stock is needed with when you are cooking tamarind soup or stew. Fish enriched soup can also be needed when cooking with fish stock.

Equipment that you needed to cook the fish dish

  • Pot with water
  • Spatula
  • Stove
  • Pot Lid
  • Sharp trusted kitchen knife
  • Chopping board
Yield: 4

Tilapia Fish Coconut Milk Stew

Fish coconut stew in deep plate with greens garnish on top

This tilapia fish coconut milk stew recipe is very moist and flavorful. If you want to eat something fresh and easy throw it on a one pot or crock pot you can do so.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 4 Pieces Tilapia Fish
  • 2 pieces medium onion
  • 1 medium ginger
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups of coconut milk
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • 1 piece large eggplant
  • 2 pieces green chili pepper
  • 8 stalk pieces bok choy


  1. Wash and Clean the Tilapia fish.
  2. Slice onion, ginger, eggplant into medium sizes then set aside.
  3. Put the ingredients in the pot such as fish, onion, ginger, and eggplant.
  4. Get your coconut grated from your wet market vendor ready for you for free. Ready your strainer and add water when squeezing coconut milk if you need more.
  5. Make sure to pour the first coconut milk, if you need more just add small water to suffice.
  6. Put Salt and Pepper to taste.
  7. Bring the pot to the stove to a boil in medium heat. Do not oveheat as your dish will be burned.
  8. Let the fish dish boil for 20 to 30 minutes, then taste it if the flavorings are good. Ready to serve hot.


You can use a different fish like Salmon or Tuna.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 528Total Fat 29gSaturated Fat 23gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 97mgSodium 1819mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 5gSugar 7gProtein 53g

Story behind the dish

Back in the days in the Visayas Region in The Philippines this is a widely known dish to every household. 

Since this is a Asian Philippines dish it is being cooked by everyone at home. From old generations to younger generation, to be truthful more from the much older generations.

Coconut and Fish go well together

The recipe has coconut milk because it adds more depth to the dish despite of your regular fish stew that only has the fish stock or fish stew inside.

in one pot tilapia fish green bok choy pepper onion eggplant with coconut milk boiling

Having the coconut makes it more creamier, and the fish juices will emanate more and combine with all the spices and flavors they can offer.

Despite coconut curry dishes are most popular in the United States of America, western dishes have it more also as a staple dish at home.

Coconut milk is more appropriate and much more match when it comes to combining ingredients to make a wonderful dish. The color and texture gives it also a scrumptious, goodness fresh tasting dish that everyone will love and adore on their dinner tables.

Coconut Trees Abundance

Coconut trees can be found everywhere in the Philippines since it is located near the equator and it has a tropical climate which means it could be summer and all sunshine all year long.

People have been using and making resources out of all parts of the coconut tree such as the leaves, fruits, husk, body, stem and roots. 

Popular products by coconut trees 

Food made by coconuts

Coconut pies, Fish Stew Coconut Milk Recipes, Coconut salad, coconut flesh juice, Coconut Jam, and many more.

Beauty products made by coconuts

Face mask, face wash, body lotion, body scrub, coconut foot scrub, very famous coconut oil for hair growth plus avoiding hair damage and many more.

Livelihood products from coconut trees

Broomsticks, Coconut leaves tied cross stitch bag, wooden spoons, wooden forks, wooden bowls, and many more.

Why people likes to eat fish with coconut milk?

Because it taste delicious and very tasty. Moist fish that literally melts in your mouth when try this recipe out. The vegetables will be crunchy and infused with the coconut milk with fish soup stew that gives that delicious umami flavor that we all love.

Conclusion Fish Stew Coconut Milk additions

Always buy fresh!

Try this recipe with your friends and family, the kids will love it. Light dish for everyone when you want something like comfort food levels for a change. 

They have to try this dish because number one reason that it is delicious and healthy. With nutritional value, take a break from eating meat you can go ahead and make this authentic honest to goodness fish dish. You can pair the dish with rice or potatoes.

Vegetables are already in the recipe and helps us to feel more fuller and happier. 

Your family will like this and might even ask you to make this every week.

This dish is good for the health and scrumptious. Pair it again with anything fried dish on the side. The soup will make you feel warm and rested. Ginger properties will make the dish feel and taste more peppery and flavorful.

Grocery shopping at wet market

I am sure everyone wants to know some tips and advice when trying to buy your produce at the wet market as it is more cheaper and affordable.

First tip, I can give you is look for fresh fish, Whenever I shop at the farmer’s market or wet market I always go to my frequent market vendor as I already know her merchandise and products she is selling. I can save more on time and she is always helpful on what dishes you can cook with fishes, seafood, vegetables, meats and fruits.

Second Tip,  Check the fish if they meet the standards that I present you above scrolling here. Make sure to buy fresh when you can. 

Third Tip, Buy what your family can consume. Have a plan and also make a grocery list. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter, I include a free printable on where you can get free resources for your kitchen for your family meals. Go back here to Homepage so you can receive your free password, I always and often post amazing helpful stuff for you to have. Check the blog often.

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