Coconut Fish Curry

This recipe can be prepared with any mild, firm white fish, including cod. The fish shown in these photos is barrelfish. This delicious, yet somewhat uncommon fish is found in deep waters along the Atlantic coast from the Carolinas to southern Florida.

Tip: Many 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.

Coconut Fish Curry

Coconut Fish Curry

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 4


  • 2 tbsp 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 tbsp Fresh ginger, minced
  • 3-4 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 1/2 tbsp Curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Ground cinnamon
  • 4 Cod fillets (or another firm mild white fish)
  • 3 tbsp Fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup 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 15-20 minutes.
    • 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.
    • 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 cooked through.
    • 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!
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    Coconut Fish Curry

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