Ota & Tuna Salad with Handmade Coconut Milk

Ota & Tuna Salad with Handmade Coconut Milk

Traditional Fijian Cuisine at its Best

If you’re a traveller, you probably love experiencing the unique delights of each country you visit. This enriches your travel experience – and your life!

One of the best ways to immerse yourself in Fijian culture is to try local ingredients you buy from the market. Markets in Fiji offer some of the freshest, tastiest ingredients in the Pacific, including some that may look very unusual.

Don’t be put off by their strange appearance though. Traditional Fijian vegetables can take your tastebuds on an exciting journey. Many are used to create delicate culinary masterpieces worthy inclusion on the finest menu. Let our Chefs spoil you with local Fijian cuisine recipes at their best.

Try this dish for a simple, refreshing introduction to Fijian produce.

Ota & Tuna Salad with Handmade Coconut Milk

Many Pacific Islands serve this refreshing dish, varying slightly between countries it’s a traditional meal which is easy to prepare. Ota [edible local wild fern] is only available in the produce markets in Fiji on a Friday and Saturday.


  • 1/2 bunch ota
  • 1 x medium tin of tuna (drained)
  • 2 x finely diced tomatoes
  • 500ml coconut milk
  • 1/2 juice from a lime
  • 1 red chilli
  • salt & pepper


  1. Remove all leaves from the ota, cutting the delicate end pieces and including them in the pile to be blanched.
  2. Boil a pot of water.
  3. While the water is coming to the boil, combine coconut milk and tuna, tomatoes and red chilli (use as little or as much as you like) in a separate bowl.
  4. Blanch the ota for approximately 60-90 secs, before removing it from the water and quickly placing into a cold water bath (to stop the cooking process).
  5. Strain the ota.
  6. Add ota to the coconut mixture
  7. Season with salt and pepper.

In addition to Ota, there are many other unique ingredients worth trying. Immerse yourself in the tropical Pacific Islands by tasting the real Fiji!


Sep 21, 2020 | Fiji

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