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Friday, March 13, 2015

Squash and Tilapia Cooked in Coconut Milk

I talked to Mama a week ago  and I am feeling homesick.  Whenever I am feeling that way, I turn to food that reminds me of home, remind me of my family.  Squash is one vegetable that is very  affordable from where I grew up.  My Mother used to cook this for us when we were kids  with  crabs or other seafood and it was always a hit.  Having said that, I  bought an acorn squash from the store  a couple of days ago so I can cook it the way Mama used to.
 I only picked the smallest one because I wasn't sure if my lovelies would eat it with me.  Since I don't have crabs, I used the frozen tilapia I have to cook with it.  Below is the recipe:


  • Small size of  acorn or any kind of squash
  • 1 medium sized tomatoes, sliced
  • a small size of ginger root
  • 1 piece of  lemon grass
  • 1/2  onion
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 5 frozen tilapia fillets
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • a dash of cumin
  • scallion
  • 1 teaspoon of  crushed chili peper
  • Cut the squash in half.  Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds and other soft tissue of the squash.  Peel the skin and slice them up into desired sizes,.  I usually slice it 1/2 thick.
  •  Open the can of coconut milk and pour it in the pan.
  • Add the onion, tomatoes, ginger, lemon grass, salt and pepper.  
  • Let the coconut boil then add the tilapia.  Let it cook for about 7 minutes then  remove  the tilapia from the  pan so that  when you  put the squash, the fish won't  break into pieces.
  • Cook the squash until it is tender, usually about 15 minutes or so depending on how thik you cut the  them.

 You can serve  it with steamed rice.  put some of the juice from the pan on top of the tilapia when you do the plating.
 Sprinkle the  scallions on top.
 My kids love  just about any kind of fish and this is the first time I cook it that way and glad that they liked it.  They are not sure about the squash as this is the first time I cook it with coconut milk.  I usually sautee the squash with some  sardines and they like it that way.
 When I cook with fish, I always make sure to add ginger or lemon juice to   somehow eliminate the fishy taste and it works great.  It also add another level of the flavor to the dish.
The lemon grass is just something that I love to use when cooking with coconut milk.  It is so good especially when you cook  chicken.  The smell is  just special.  BY the way, our rice looks greenish because I flavored it with pandan.  

27 sumptuous burps..:

MikiHope said...

Tilapia is one of the few fish that I will eat at all (I love shell fish--not fish). Cooking it in Coconut milk sounds interesting to me. Of course I do love squash--any squash! If I can find all these ingredients I will be sure to attempt it.

Irene Waters said...

That looks particularly yummy.

Michelle Varga said...

That looks like such a delicious recipe! I would love to try this!

Stacie said...

I've never seen a fish recipe like this before, but it looks amazing. I can't wait to give it a try.

Terri Ramsey Beavers said...

That looks really tasty and I can just imagine how wonderful it smelt while cooking. I'd love to try this recipe and see for myself just how amazing it taste. Thanks for sharing.

Autumn Blues Reviews said...

Mmmmm, looks great. I'll be passing this along to my hubby to make for us since he does all of our cooking. He actually made the family acorn squash last year and we all loved it. Can't wait to try this. Thank you for sharing.

Jeanine said...

Wow. This whole dish looks amazing. I haven't had anything like this before, would love to try this! Looks so tasty!

Olivia Schwab said...

This looks great! I'm going to have to try this soon! Thank you for showing me the recipe!

Ann B said...

This looks so delicious. I will have to try it this weekend. I love eating squash.

Nina Say said...

Cooking in coconut milk sounds absolutely delicious! I can't believe nobody has told me to try this ye.

Vera Sweeney said...

This sounds like an amazing dish. I never would have thought to use coconut milk like this great idea!

Michele D said...

Wow! That looks different. My husband is allergic to fish so this wouldn't be good for him although I would love it.

Fiona said...

I've never had squash before. I really like the sound of this and that it's cooked in coconut milk.

CourtneyLynne said...

Hehehe is it bad that I have never had squash before?! I use to be the pickiest when it came to veggies up until afew years ago... Now I love all veggies... I guess I finally got my adult taste buds ;-)

Roselynn Mercedes said...

Wow, this dish looks absolutely amazing and so delicious, not to mention very different than anything I normally eat. I have also never tried cooking with coconut milk, it must add such an interesting taste.

Bonnie Gowen said...

That looks really good! We just actually had Talapia the other night. I will have to try this sometime.

Donna L. Ward said...

Thanks for this really great look and I am so sure, tasty, recipe - Which I have already saved to my recipe file - I've never worked with squash and I love Tilapia -I have to buy the fish and squash next time I'm out - as I have the milk for this! Thank you

Chrystal Mahan said...

Yummy yummy. I love squash. I love tilapa. I love coconut milk. But I have never had it cooked like this. It looks really good.

Hil'Lesha O'Nan said...

I don't eat fish (or meat for that matter), but I must admit that this looks really good! I'll have to share the link to your recipe with my brothers, because they both love tilapia. :)

Lynndee said...

It was really good, sis. Remember you shared the recipe with me? And I'm surprised my picky son liked it too. :)

Yona Williams said...

I don't really have the best of luck cooking seafood and fish, but this dish looks really good. I think the combination of ingredients sounds interesting.

Krystal Butherus said...

I need to try this dish, it looks so unique! I bet it tastes soooooo good!

Erin said...

I LOVE all things seafood. And squash! But I've never sauteed squash with sardines... that sounds very interesting!

Nile Flores said...

That dish looks and sounds delicious. I'm actually kind of hungry right now, which is bad because I didn't originally want to cook tonight... lol

Camesha | Mama Motivator said...

Oh my! That looks so good!!! This a a really unique recipe.

Alyssa Collazo said...

I've been looking for new ways to cook tilapa and this sounds amazing! Thank you for sharing.

Aisha Kristine Chong said...

It looks super good. A new way for me to have a yummy bite on these dishes.

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