Friday, May 27, 2011

How to Cook Easy Thai Fish Curry

This fish curry tastes so delectable, you won't believe how fast and easy it is - ready in just 20 minutes! Fillets of fish (any type, fresh or frozen) are simmered in a rich Thai curry sauce. The recipe includes vegetables for a healthy one-pot dish. If you like, you can also add shrimp or other seafood to the pot/wok. Like all curries, this fish curry makes excellent leftovers as well as hot lunches to take to work. And it's ready in less than 30 minutes!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: Serves 2 to 4
  • 1/2 cup fresh coriander stems and leaves, chopped
  • 1 can good-quality coconut milk
  • 4 green onions, sliced (including green stem)
  • 1 thumb-size piece galangal or ginger, grated
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. fish sauce (available at Asian food stores)
  • 1 Tbsp. regular chili powder (use only 1 tsp. if using Thai or East Indian chili powder)
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. ground coriander
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. shrimp paste
  • 1 fresh red chili, minced, OR 1/2 tsp. cayenne OR dried crushed chili, OR 1-2 tsp.chili sauce
  • 3-4 fillets of fresh or frozen fish - any type, from sole to salmon
  • Handful fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, de-seeded and diced
  • 1 medium tomato, cut into small pieces
  • Handful of fresh basil
  • Handful of fresh coriander
  • Fresh lime or lemon wedges for garnish
  • Optional: 2-3 kaffir lime leaves, left whole (available at Asian stores, usually in the freezer)
  1. Place all 'Thai Curry Sauce' ingredients in a food processor, chopper, or blender. Process well to form a smooth curry sauce.
  2. Pour the sauce into a wok (or large frying pan) and place over medium to high heat. If you have kaffir lime leaves, add them too. Bring to a boil.
  3. Add fish, mushrooms, and red pepper. Stir well. Reduce heat to medium-high, or until it is simmering nicely. Cover and cook 6-8 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes and gently stir in. Continue simmering (covered) for another 2-3 minutes.
  5. Do a taste test for salt and sweetness, adding more fish sauce (instead of salt) until salty enough. If too sour for your taste, add a little more sugar. If too salty or sweet, add 1-2 Tbsp. fresh lime (or lemon) juice.
  6. Spoon the fish with curry sauce and vegetables onto a serving platter or into a serving bowl. Sprinkle with fresh basil and coriander. Garnish with lime or lemon wedges and serve hot with rice. Enjoy!

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