Pescado Encocado: The Captain’s Coconut Milk Fish Stew

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One of the best things about renting a house in the Galapagos is the kitchen that comes along with it!

My guide from the Galapagos Cruise Juan had a bacalao/cod and asked the captain of our ship if he would come over and cook it for us.

While I had spent 8 days on the cruise I didn’t know much about El Capitan.

He was always working but he told me his mother was from the coastal community of Esmeraldas in mainland Ecuador which is known for pescado encocado,


Fresh coconut milk makes this coastal Ecuadorian fish stew taste amazing. Check out the pescado encocado recipe.

Pescado Encocado: Coconut Milk Fish Stew

Yield: 4-6 people
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

A simple Ecuadorian coconut milk fish stew.


  • 1 cod or firm fleshed white fish cut into bite sized pieces, also known as cod
  • 2 coconuts chopped with a machete, coconut water separated and flesh cut into pieces
  • 2 plantains chopped
  • 1 red onion diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 4 cloves garlic diced
  • 1 pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Blend coconut meat and coconut water and 1/2 cup of water to make coconut milk.
  2. Strain coconut milk.
  3. Add to pot along with fish and simmer 10 minutes
  4. Boil chopped plantains until tender, about 10 minutes
  5. Saute red onion, tomato, garlic, and pepper for 5 minutes.
  6. Blend sauteed vegetables, half the plantains and half the coconut milk mixture with simmering fish.
  7. Add back to pot with fish and warm through.
  8. Serve with a generous portion of rice and the remaining plantains.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 Amount Per Serving: Calories: 322Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 38mgSodium: 171mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 6gSugar: 24gProtein: 16g

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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Love Ecuadorian food? Check out:

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  1. I’m bookmarking this to try when I’m back home, looks delicious!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      And so easy to make.

  2. That looks amazing! I love that there are tostones (my favourite) on the side 🙂

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I love them too!

  3. Allan Wilson says:

    This really looks delicious. Perfect for my tastes (maybe a squeeze of lime). Wasn’t able to get the video btw showing ‘Ecuador Pig’ to me.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I made a wee mistake, try again 🙂

  4. TammyOnTheMove says:

    Yum, love fish stews. Just attended a Cambodian cooking class where I learned how to make Cambodian fish curry. Will definitely give this recipe a go as well.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Ooh that sounds delicious too!

  5. hotels in bronx new york says:

    Wow – Pescado Encocado. Looks absolutly beautiful! Great post. Thanks!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Any time!

  6. Oa … looks so delicious. I have seen so want to try the dish. At home I also have quite a lot of interesting dishes. Have you ever tried the dish Vietnam yet?

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      No, what is it?

  7. You can’t go wrong with a fishy dish!

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      So true, especially when it´s fresh.

  8. The meal looks scrumptious! Yum-O. Also, the video is well-made. The music is nice, the shots of El Capitan at work as well as the focused images of the food cooking are great. The text/ instructions are short and quick. It makes this dish look very easy to make. Very appealing. 🙂 Great job! Maybe at the end, you could add an image of someone eating.

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      I know! I realized at the end I should have had a shot of him presenting the plate or us eating. I’ll know for next time.

  9. Can I use canned coconut milk instead?

    1. Ayngelina Author says:

      Yes of course, I have actually made it this way once.

  10. Coconut Milk Benefits says:

    Damn, thank you very much for posting this! It is gonna help when I buy Coconut Milk at the market! Super Astonishing!

  11. Best Coconut Milk Recipe says:

    Oh snap, thanks so much for posting this! It is gonna be so helpful when I order Coconut Milk at the store! Rad!

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