Niue is a small island nation located in the South Pacific, and its cuisine is heavily influenced by Polynesian and Pacific Islander flavors. Here’s a recipe for a traditional Niuean dish called Ika Motu:


  • 2 lbs of fresh tuna or any other fresh fish, cut into cubes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a large skillet, heat the vegetable oil over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped onion, tomato, and green pepper and sauté until they are soft and fragrant.
  3. Add the fish to the skillet and stir to combine with the vegetables.
  4. Pour in the can of coconut milk and stir to combine.
  5. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch with 2 tbsp of water until it forms a smooth slurry.
  6. Pour the cornstarch slurry into the skillet and stir to thicken the sauce.
  7. Season the dish with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Serve the Ika Motu hot, garnished with fresh herbs or chopped scallions.

Ika Motu is usually served with steamed rice or taro root. Enjoy this delicious taste of Niuean cuisine!



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