Coconut Fish Curry
traditional curry recipes call for ‘browning’ the onions until they reach a
deep, dark color with a rich, intense flavor. Here, this process is halted
about halfway through to avoid overwhelming the more delicate fish flavor.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
2 T. coconut oil
3 small yellow onion, minced
Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 14-oz. can coconut milk, full fat
1-pint cherry or grape tomatoes, washed
1 T. fresh ginger, minced
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
2½ T. curry powder
¼ t. red chili powder
¼ t. ground cinnamon
4 6-oz. cod fillets (or another firm mild white fish)
3 T. fresh lime juice
½ c. cilantro, roughly chopped
2 large limes, quartered, to serve
Serving suggestions: Basmati rice and/or roasted root vegetables of choice
Heat the coconut oil in a large high-sided
skillet over medium heat. Add the minced onion and reduce heat to just below
medium. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste, and stir to combine. Cook,
stirring occasionally, until onions are a light golden brown, approximately
While onions are cooking, combine coconut milk
and tomatoes in a blender or food processor and pulse until just combined.
(Small tomato chunks should still be visible). Set aside.
Once onions are golden brown, add ginger and
garlic to the skillet and stir to combine. Sprinkle curry powder, chili powder,
and cinnamon on top. Season with additional salt and black pepper, to taste,
and stir to combine. Cook for approximately 1-2 minutes, or until very fragrant
and a thick paste forms.
4. Pour coconut milk and tomato mixture into the
skillet. Carefully scrape browned bits off the bottom of the skillet and stir
until sauce is a rich golden color and the aromatic onion paste is thoroughly
incorporated into the mixture.
Bring sauce to a gentle simmer and add the fish
fillets. Cover and cook for 5 minutes before carefully turning the fish fillets
over. Cover and continue cooking another 3-5 minutes, or until the fish is
6. Remove from heat and stir in fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro. Taste and adjust seasonings, as desired. Serve immediately with basmati rice and/or roasted root vegetables. Offer additional lime wedges for squeezing, if desired. Enjoy!