Fiery Thai fish curry with coconut & turmeric


Sometimes I have a yearning for a delicately flavoured but fiery Thai curry (inspired by Masterchef this week – or rather not inspired because I know mine is better than the contestants’!). This is totally yummy, hot and sour, and is extremely simple to make. Thanks to Mick’s fish at the farmers’ market I have a wonderful variety of sustainable fish; I tend to use white fish fillets: I used haddock, but could be cod, coley, pollock or even monkfish though this takes careful preparation to remove the membrane and central bone, and much more cooking.

serves 2

  • 400 ml tin coconut milk
  • 250 ml stock or water (I usually rinse out coconut milk tin)
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, bashed
  • pinch of palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp tamarind
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • white fish fillet for two, skinned
  • handful of pak choi, or other Chinese greens
  • thick piece of creamed coconut
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves, rolled and sliced thinly

curry paste

  • 3 long dried chillis, soaked and chopped
  • 2 small fresh Birdseye chilis, chopped, seeds in or out, your preference
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, chopped
  • 2 red shallots, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chipped
  • 1 inch chopped fresh turmeric or 1 tbsp powder
  • 1/2 tbs shrimp paste


Put all the curry paste ingredients into a blender and pulse into thick-ish paste..

Put the coconut milk, water/stock  lemongrass into a wok and bring to the boil.

Add the palm sugar, tamarind and fish sauce and 4 tbsp of curry pate (should be about the right amount) Simmer and add fish and pak choi/tatsoi/choi sum. Simmer until fish flakes and is only just cooked.

Add the coconut cream and sprinkle with lime leaves; serve on rice.

A meal in a pot!

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