Fish coconut curry. I love this dish. It's simple [so long as you remember to make the rice before the curry is finished; oops]. It's versatile. It has fantastic taste. And it can be made as spicy as you like. The dish has three key ingredients: fish, coconut milk and vegetables. For the first, I use whatever white fillets are available. Today, it was plaice. For the second, the only necessities to make sure that your coconut milk is precisely that: it shouldn't have any added preservatives, artificial colors, or artificial flavors. For the third, something crunchy and green usually works best – today I used string beans, but snap peas are also a good option.
Photo? No photo. Don't ask. Instead, here's one from my excuse:
I've been wanting to make something spicy since Friday night, when a colleague made a spectacular – spectacular – Indian dinner featuring duck varaval. Luckily it's the first Sunday of the month, so there was some hope of finding a grocery store open in Århus today. I had to buy a small jar of curry paste. It's one of the very few ingredients I don't make on my own (sorry, Chez Piggy, but your recipe intimidates me).
What you need (three servings):
- olive oil
- 1-2 onions, chopped
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 2 tbsp minced fresh ginger
- zest and juice from 2 limes
- 1 large or 2 small boxes coconut milk
- 2 tsp red curry paste (or to taste)
- 1 cup string beans or snap peas
- 3 small white fish fillets
- 1 generous cup cherry tomatoes
What you do:
- Don't forget to make the rice. Put it on before you start making the rest of the curry.
- Heat a couple tablespoons of olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Once it's hot, add the onions and red pepper, and cook for about 5 min. Then add the ginger and lime zest, and heat through (but don't let it burn).
- Add the coconut milk and stir, bringing slowly to a boil. Incorporate the curry paste. Once it is simmering, add the green vegetable, fish, cherry tomatoes, and lime juice. Cook until the fish is finished (5-6 min. should do it).
- Serve over rice with a slice of lime.