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Poisson Cru (I‘a Ota)

Lilinoe Andrews


8 oz fresh fish cut into pieces 1" x ½" x ½" (roughly, pinkie finger sized pieces)
3 limes, juice only
1 tsp Hawaiian salt
¼ tsp black pepper
½ C sliced carrot, matchstick size
¼ C sliced onion, cut on the diagonal
1 C chopped tomato, cut the same size as onion
1 C sliced cucumber, cut the same size as onion and tomato, no seeds
2 C coconut cream; if not fresh, use frozen Hawaiian Sun in package


Salt and pepper the cut fish in lime juice for one hour.
Strain all juice and discard.
Add sliced vegetables and coconut cream.
Mix and serve slightly chilled.

NOTE: any fish is ‘ono, but ‘ahi, mahimahi and opah work especially well.