I’ve been trying to eat healthier and eat fish a couple times a week. This week I did a twist on a couple of things I know pretty well, one being making Thai curry.
I took a basic red curry, varied it for what I had on hand and gently cooked fish in it. It came out very well and the flavors blended as well in practice as I had had imagined.
Often red curry is served with duck and a fruit, like pineapple or mango is added to the sauce to provide tartness and sweetness. For fish, I substituted grape tomatoes instead. In place of the palm sugar, I used a smaller measure of brown sugar. My kaffir lime tree has gone to the great tree heaven in the sky, so I used a little bit of lime juice, and finished with a few chopped leaves of basil.
Here’s the recipe, enjoy! 🙂
- 1 lb. Trout (or outher suitable fish)
- ½ Cup halved Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
- Potatoes and Carrots, cut to small stew size and steam cooked seperately (optional)
- 2 oz. Red Curry Paste (For this recipe I used MaeSri in a 4 oz can)
- 19 oz can of Coconut Milk
- 1 tsp. Chicken Powder
- 2 Tbs. Fish Sauce
- 1 Tbs. Palm or Brown Sugar (to taste, go light, then add)
- 2 Kaffir Lime leaves stem removed, chopped OR 2-3 Tbs Lime Juice to taste
- ¼ cup Basil leaves (preferably Royal Thai Basil)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cut trout into 1" pieces, set aside
- In a wok or large pan, heat the solids (coconut oil) from the coconut milk over a medium-low heat. Reserve half the can for now.
- Add the red curry to the hot coconut oil and gently fry, allowing it to release it's fragrance.
- Add the remainder of the coconut milk, the chicken powder and the sugar. Stir well.
- Add the tomatoes and simmer gently for two or three minutes. If using Kaffir lime leaves, add now.
- If using potatoes and carrots, add now and stir gently.
- Add the fish sauce, and the fish.
- Cook until the fish is just done, It should only take a couple minutes.
- If using Lime Juice, add to mixture now.
- Add Basil Leaves and stir gently.
- I find that I like Mae Ploy and Mae Sri brands for curry pastes and coconut milk.