Mark’s Trevally Kokoda Recipe


SpotX Wild Foods Recipe from Mark Kitteridge
Prep:24 hours Cook:1 minute Difficulty:1


  • 750 grams trevally fillets, skinned and boned.
  • ¾ cup lime/lemon juice.
  • ½ teaspoon salt.
  • ¼ cup white vinegar.
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped.
  • ¼ cup chives, finely chopped.
  • 2 spring onions, finely chopped.
  • ½ capsicum, chopped.
  • Telegraph cucumber (about 6cm), sliced.
  • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved.
  • 210-gram can coconut cream.
  • ½ teaspoon sugar.
  • Ground black pepper, to taste.
  • Coriander or parsley to garnish.


  • Slice trevally into 2-cm cubes.
  • Place in a lidded container with lemon/lime juice, white vinegar and salt.
  • Toss well and leave to marinate for a minimum of 3 hours.
  • Overnight is better.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • In a separate bowl add:.
  • Chilli, chives, spring onions, capsicum, cucumber, tomatoes,.
  • Coconut cream, black pepper and sugar. Mix well.
  • Drain fish in a colander under running cold water until run-off is clear.
  • Place fish in the coconut cream mixture.
  • Return to refrigerator for an hour.
  • Stir occasionally.
  • Garnish with sprigs of parsley or chopped coriander before serving.





Trevally Like kahawai, trevally was for many years considered only good as bait. The flesh is relatively dark and quite oily, making it ideal for smoking. Filleted, the fish has a strong flavour that works well in pasta and other dishes where sauces might overpower the more delicate taste of other species. Trevally is also excellent grilled or barbecued as steaks, fillets or cooked whole. Where possible, leave the skin on – it helps keep the fish together and the fat under the skin keeps the flesh moist.
Trevally makes brilliant raw or marinated fish and is great in sushi or as sashimi. Trevally is best eaten fresh, as it does not freeze well.
Trevally can be caught seasonally around most of the New Zealand coast and quite often the schools of these fish can be seen gorging in krill on the surface. While this makes them relatively easy to find and catch for recreational fishers, unfortunately a commercial seine boat can hoover up whole schools in a single sweep.
Trevally are easy to fillet and are dealt with in the same way as you would a snapper. Removing the skin can be a little more difficult and requires a sharp knife run flat and firm between the skin and the flesh to remove in one piece. Because of its lack of ‘real’ scales, some people cook their trevally fillets with the skin on.


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