According to locals, one of the favorite dishes in French Polynesia is Tahitian Poisson Cru. A refreshing island-style mixture of tuna and fresh vegetables prepared with lime and coconut, the dish is a traditional and delicious taste of the French Polynesia. You’ll find plenty of local restaurants on the islands that serve it, and you can enjoy this dish on board at Terrace Café when you’re cruising the South Pacific. Try the recipe below to bring a taste of the islands to your home.

poisson cru


1 pound fresh yellow fin tuna
2 small tomatoes peeled, seeded and diced
1 small cucumber peeled, cut in half, seeded and sliced
1 small white onion peeled, cut in half and sliced
1 small carrot peeled and hand shredded
Juice of 3 fresh limes
3 teaspoons fresh ginger (optional)
Salt and pepper
4 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
1 green onion chopped

Serves 6


Cut the tuna in ½-inch-thick cubes. Combine tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, carrots, lime juice and ginger, if using, in a bowl. Place tuna in a separate bowl and season with salt and pepper and then combine with the vegetable mixture. Mix in just enough coconut milk to thoroughly coat all ingredients in the bowl. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, and garnish with chopped green onions. Best enjoyed with a Mai Tai!

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