Fish Curry Recipe

When our family tried this fish curry recipe for the first time some of us were a bit worried about the ingredient composition. Coconut in a savory dish was something new to us. Usually it is more associated with sweet bakeries rather than a component in our dinner. We grew to love the combination of ginger, turmeric, cumin, coriander and chili which is gently balanced by the coconut cream resulting in irresistible new flavors. The fish curry brought a new dimension to the often baked fish fillets served for dinner.

The recipe as it is now is for all that love a thick and creamy sauce full of flavor. Our first runs proofed to be more watery but the addition of tomato paste gives the chance to adjust this shortcoming nicely.

Fried whole seeds and finely diced ginger and turmeric roots is not everyone's liking you can always grind them down with a pestle. Using the whole seeds provides a fuller flavor in comparison to the already store bought ground spices.

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Fish curry

Fish curry

Fish curry recipe ingredient list:
For 3 to 4

fish fillet
coconut oilCoconut oil
cumin seeds
ground coriander
cinnamonCinnamon
bay leaves
green chilli
ginger root
turmeric root
garlicGarlic
onionYellow onion
Himalayan crystal saltSalt
tomatoTomato
tomato pasteTomato paste
mild chiliChili
coconut cream
garam masala
fresh coriander
  • 600g white fish fillet (mirror dory, kahawai, cardinal fish or other)
  • 2 tablespoons oil (coconut oil or vegetable oil)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds or ground
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds or ground
  • 2 green chilies, finely sliced, mild (the result is a moderate spiciness but not hot)
  • 5cm cinnamon quill
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cm piece ginger root, finely diced or crushed
  • 5 cm piece turmeric root, finely diced or crushed
  • 3-5 cloves garlic finely diced or crushed
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • 4 tomatoes about 3 to 4 cm in diameter each, coarsely chopped in cubes
  • 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of mild chili powder
  • 200ml coconut cream
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of garam masala
  • 1 cup loosely filled with freshly chopped coriander

Step by step method to cook the fish curry recipe:

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Step by step method to cook the fish curry recipe:

  1. Clean the coriander thoroughly, spin dry and set aside to dry.
  2. Wash and pat dry the fish fillet. Cut the fish into cubes or pieces and set aside.
  3. Wash the tomatoes well. Cut them roughly into cubes, just that the pieces of skin are not too large (the tomatoes disintegrate some minutes after cooking anyway).
  4. Heat the coconut oil fry the cumin and coriander seeds for a minute.
  5. Stir in the green chilies followed by the finely diced ginger root and turmeric root. Fry for a couple of minutes!
  6. Now sauté the finely diced onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes or until translucent. Reduce the heat, if you realize that the onions are starting to burn.
  7. Blend in half a teaspoon of salt!
  8. Now fold under the cubed tomatoes, accompanied with the two tablespoons of tomato paste. Let it cook for about 2 minutes.
  9. Mix in half a teaspoon of mild chili powder and fill in the 200 ml coconut cream bring it to a boil and let the sauce at reduced heat simmer for about 3 minutes.
  10. The sauce is finished and you can now finally layer in the fish pieces. Cover them with sauce. It takes about 5 minutes until the fish is done, maybe a couple of minutes longer if the dices are thicker then remove from the heat.
  11. Carefully mix under the chopped fresh coriander and let the fish curry sit for 5 minutes.

Ready to serve, enjoy!

My family likes it with rice that has two tablespoons of desiccated coconut added to it. For this portion we cook 1 ¾ cup of Basmati rice.

In case you prefer bread as a side dish a flat-bread such as naan is a traditional serving option.

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