Thursday, January 26, 2012

Fish Curry with Coconut Milk

I am definitely trying to incorporate more fish into my diet these days.  I recently bought some tilapia and knew I had to make this savory fish curry from a recipe my mother gave me.  This is actually a recipe-redo.  I posted this recipe a while ago when my blog was relatively new, but it got lost in the shuffle.  So since I was already cooking this dish today, I thought it would be a good idea to post it again and give some better pictures to go along with it.   It turned out so flavorful and delicious and my husband said that he could eat it all the time (so could I). This is one fish curry recipe that I will make again and again.

1lb of firm white flaky fish (tilapia, cod etc)
1 medium onion sliced or chopped
1-2 chili peppers sliced.  I used fresno chili peppers here, but you can use jalapeno or serrano as well.
5-6 cloves of garlic finely chopped
2 inches of ginger finely chopped or grated
1 stalk of lemongrass (pounded) -optional
handful of curry leaves -optional (substitute bay leaf)
2 Tbs of lemon juice
1 Tbs of red chili powder -or to taste
1/2 tsp of turmeric
1 tsp of fenugreek seeds
1 2 inch stick of cinnamon
salt to taste
1/2 or 1 cup of water
1 cup of coconut milk

Cut fish into 3-4 inch pieces.  Add all the ingredients to the pan (accept the coconut milk) and bring to a simmer on medium-high heat.   You will see more liquid form in the pan from the fish as it cooks.

Simmer for 15 minutes with the lid on the pan.  Stir occasionally, but very gently.  You don't want the fish to break up.

Add half a can of coconut milk (about 7 oz).  Stir gently.   Taste for salt here.  Simmer for another 2-3 minutes.

Serves 4 people.  Eat with rice, chapati, naan, roti and  other curries.  Enjoy.


  1. This looks delicious! How long do you have to simmer to get to the final thickness as shown? Is the curry sauce quite thick?

  2. You only add 1/2 a cup of water to cook the entire dish and then add the coconut milk. So that is how the gravy gets thick and rich. : )

  3. We are also adding more fish to our diet, I'm saving this one as a must do!

  4. Mmmmm, how I love coconut milk based fish curries! This looks amazing, Ramona! Pleeease become my personal chef? I may have to drool some more at the pictures.

  5. This looks really good Ramona. Still haven't found the curry leaves yet but I will. I really want to make a curry and this sounds delicious.

  6. Such a healthy, beautiful entree, Ramona! I have a whole bun of re-dos to do as well :)

  7. okay - you have me excited here! I have been wanting a good fish curry recipe and I am really pumped to try this. I will make this next week for sure! Now I have to pick my fish. hmmmmm

  8. I have to actually remind myself to eat fish sometimes, because I get sick of it. I can see eating lots of different kinds of fish in this preparation--it looks awesome!

  9. with coconut milk !! That's reminding me of my fav shrimp curry. This looks delicious.

  10. What a great way to prepare fish AND curry! I love them both, but sadly, I'm allergic to fish...but I think this would be terrific with chicken! Thanks, Ramona!

  11. my goodness. When should I be there?

  12. Ramona, this is totally where your blog title comes from curry and comfort! It looks amazingly delicious and I can eat this every single day (if spice level is my level, which is not so spicy). I had not tried curry with fish, but I do love fish and this makes me drool (as well as the cookie post below!!).

  13. I like seafood very much, we live in the coast so it's easy to find fresh fish. You recipe has a lot of flavors, just how I like...and with coconut milk, just perfect as I have restrictions with the milk.

  14. This looks so delish. I have tried to make my own coconut curry but have never been able to make it as good as the restaurants. I will have to try this next time. Thanks for sharing.

  15. This is an excellent fish curry full of delicious spicy flavourschef etoilé

  16. Looks saucy, thank you for this recipe, I'll make sure I'll try it on my spare time and right now I'm trying a recipe called Crayfish and Prawn Salad with Butterbeans.

  17. WOW! Its looks delicious. My kids are fond of fish and last night I tried fish fingers recipe to make them happy.

  18. I know your expertise on this. I must say we should have an online discussion on this. Writing only comments will close the discussion straight away! And will restrict the benefits from this information.

  19. Freshwater tarpon is known for putting on quite an aerial display while fighting, but are also known for being picky eaters and tough to land, especially the smaller ones.


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