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National dish of Nauru

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  • Independence: 31. 1. 1968
  • Capital: Yaren
  • Official language: Nauruan, English
  • Population: 9 378
  • Area: 21 km2
  • International code: NR
  • Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)
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Coconut Fish


  • 6 pieces (about 6 ounces each) skinless fish fillets, such as mahi mahi, or cod each about
  • 3/4-inch thick
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry roasted macadamia nuts, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup flaked or shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, chive or parsley (or a combination)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Lime wedges
  • Crunchy pineapple relish, see recipe below
Coconut Fish is national food (dish) of Nauru


Heat oven to 450 degrees. Pat fish dry. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste. Mix chopped nuts, breadcrumbs, coconut, herbs, ginger, 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper to taste in a shallow dish. Put egg whites and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt into another shallow dish; beat lightly with a fork until frothy. Dip fish into egg whites; let excess drip off. Coat fish on all sides in breadcrumb mixture. Put onto a wire rack set over a pan. If desired, refrigerate an hour or so. Heat oil in large, well-seasoned cast-iron (or nonstick) ovenproof skillet over medium-high. Add fish in a single uncrowded layer (use two skillets if necessary). Cook until golden, about 2 minutes. Gently flip fish; put into oven. Cook until crisped and fish is nearly firm, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to heated serving plates. Serve with lime wedges and topped with pineapple relish.

Crunchy pineapple relish Mix 1 cup finely diced fresh pineapple chunks, 1/4 of a seedless cucumber, finely diced (peeled if desired); 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion, rinsed; 2 to 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, chive or parsley (or a combination); 1/2 teaspoon fresh lime juice; drizzle of sesame oil; 1/4 teaspoon salt and freshly ground pepper to taste in a small bowl. Let stand, stirring once or twice, about 20 minutes.


While there are no specific or unique preparation methods for Nauru cooking, we should point out that attention to detail is important in the Nauru cuisine. Nauru cuisine uses elements from various cooking traditions borrowed from their neighbors and developed from their own traditional dishes. Using the right amount of spices for example is essential – either for spicing up the taste or for coloring the dish. The diversity of vegetables and cereals found in Nauru is also noticed in the delicious dishes belonging to their cuisine. The visual attractiveness of the dish is also important, and a balance between colors and proportion differentiates. Each traditional dish has a special cooking method, which is more or less general in all of Nauru’s regions. Meat is one of the main elements of most Nauru dishes and cured and smoked hams are often parts of delicious dishes.

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