Red Curry Fish

Lunch / Dinner

Red Curry Fish

The ultimate union of spicy, cool, and tangy, this Thai-inspired stew-like dish of red curry fish is just minutes from gracing your dinner table. Once this dish gets cooking, it moves pretty fast, so have everything chopped, minced, and arranged nearby before starting to cook.

Thai red curry — a popular dish that predominantly consists of adding coconut milk to curry paste — is the perfect blend of sweetness and spice. Add distinct seasonings like ginger and garlic and bright vegetables such as green beans and peppers, then cook cubes of mild fish in the mixture, for a quick and deeply flavored — yet pleasantly healthful — dinner.

The main thickening agent in the sauce is the curry paste. If you like your sauce thicker — or thinner, for that matter — adjust the amount of curry paste you add. And cod is delicious in this dish, but any other firm, white fish works just as well.


4 servings

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Test Kitchen Tip

Native to Southeast Asia, Thai basil has a flavor that holds up better when cooked than sweet basil. Regular sweet basil can always be substituted ifyou can’t find Thai basil.


Sauté beans in oil in a large nonstick skillet over high heat, 3 minutes. Add bell pepper, scallion whites, ginger, and garlic; cook 1 minute more. Transfer bean mixture to a bowl.

Add coconut milk to skillet and heat over medium-low. Whisk in curry paste, fish sauce, and brown sugar.

Add cod pieces; cover skillet and cook 4 minutes. Top fish with bean mixture, cover, and cook 4 minutes more; stir in scallion greens.

Garnish servings with basil and serve with lime wedges.


Chop the fish into uniform pieces, about 1-inch cubes. This way they’re bite-sized and will cook fast.


To speed up the cooking process, sauté the beans first, then the bell pepper, over high heat.


Simmer the fish in the curry sauce to keep it moist and help it absorb some of the sauce’s flavors.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 420

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 26g 40%

Saturated Fat 19g 95%

Cholesterol 73mg 24%

Sodium 739mg 30%

Carbs 15g 5%

Fiber 2g 8%

Protein 34g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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