Firi Firi with Coconut Caramel Dipping Sauce

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Recipe: #40866

June 04, 2023

"Firi firi is traditionally enjoyed with poisson cru, a Tahitian raw fish salad, and other local dishes. It's a versatile treat that can be served as a breakfast item, snack, or dessert."

Original is 4-6 servings
  • For Firi Firi:
  • For Coconut Caramel Dipping Sauce:


  • Serving Size: 1 (358.4 g)
  • Calories 692.7
  • Total Fat - 23.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 20.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 478 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 116.4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3.8 g
  • Sugars - 65.8 g
  • Protein - 8.7 g
  • Calcium - 283.5 mg
  • Iron - 2.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.1 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar until well combined.

Step 2

Gradually add water to the dry ingredients, whisking continuously, until you have a smooth and thick batter. The consistency should be similar to pancake batter.

Step 3

Heat vegetable oil in a deep frying pan or pot over medium heat. Make sure there is enough oil to fully submerge the firi firi.

Step 4

Once the oil is hot, take a tablespoonful of the batter and drop it gently into the oil. Repeat with more batter, frying several firi firi at a time. Be careful not to overcrowd the pan.

Step 5

Fry the firi firi until golden brown on all sides, turning them occasionally with a slotted spoon or tongs. This should take about 2-3 minutes per batch.

Step 6

Remove the fried firi firi from the oil and transfer them to a paper towel-lined plate to drain any excess oil.

Step 7

For the Coconut Caramel Dipping Sauce, in a saucepan, combine the granulated sugar and water. Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved.

Step 8

Allow the mixture to come to a boil without stirring. Let it boil for about 5-7 minutes or until the syrup turns a golden amber color.

Step 9

Carefully pour the coconut milk into the caramelized sugar. Be cautious as the mixture may bubble up. Stir well to combine.

Step 10

Reduce the heat to low and simmer the mixture for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a spoon.

Step 11

Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.

Step 12

Allow the coconut caramel sauce to cool slightly before serving. It will continue to thicken as it cools.

Step 13

Serve the firi firi warm with the coconut caramel dipping sauce on the side.


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