Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
An easy curry that you can adjust the hotness level by adding hot peppers to taste. I use Vietnam Basa catfish but you can use any firm whitefish. If you cannot find galangal (Thai ginger) regular ginger can be used. Modified from a recipe I found on a Thailand Tourism website.
- 2 tablespoons lemongrass, grated (or dried, ground)
- 1 tablespoon galangal (fresh, dried ground or regular ginger)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1⁄2 cup fresh cilantro
- 7 -8 garlic cloves
- 1 medium green bell pepper
- 5 jalapeno peppers, seeded (more or less, to taste)
- 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
- 1 teaspoon lime zest, grated
- 1 (14 ounce) can coconut milk
- 1 lb white fish fillet, firm, cut in 1/2-inch strips
- 3⁄4 lb shrimp, shelled and deveined
- 1⁄4 cup fish sauce
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1⁄2 cup coconut cream
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- basil leaves (garnish)
- 1 -2 avocado (garnish)
- To make Curry Paste.
- Place all the nine green curry paste ingredients (to the lime peel) in a blender/processor and process until smooth. If too dry, add a couple tbsp water to get a constancy that will process smoothly.
- Pour the coconut milk and green curry paste into a large saucepan and heat 'til boiling.
- Add the fish pieces, shrimp, fish sauce, and sugar. Cook at a med. simmer for 5-minutes.
- Add the coconut cream and lime juice. Stir to combine. Taste to adjust seasonings. Add more fish sauce or lime juice instead of salt.
- Peel, seed and slice the avocado(s).
- Serve with white jasmine rice and garnish with basil leaves and/or avocado slices, and lime wedges.
I liked this dish very much but I found the ingredients to be too vague. In my experience... you can't use fresh and dried herbs interchangeably. A general rule of thumb is use 1/2 or 1/3 dried herbs to fresh. That having been said... I used 2 Tbs of FRESH ginger and 2 Tbsp of FRESH lemon grass. It was absolutely delicious and I loved it. I give it five stars for taste (at least the way I prepared it) but I worry that if an inexperienced cook was trying to make this dish I think they might have mixed results. The fresh cilantro really sends this over the top so if you love cilantro like I do... you will love this dish.
Ooooh! YUM! I am not an expert on "authentic," but this recipe was genuinely delicious, and enjoyed by our guests as well. I followed it pretty closely, and used catfish. Due to a bunch of stuff, I used less than 1/2 of the coconut milk, plus some water. It wasn't nearly as coconutty as those I have had in restaurants, so if you like the taste, go for the whole can. The cilantro taste in mine came through boldly, probably because I measured a packed 1/2 cup. Although I don't remember restaurant green curries tasting so strongly of cilantro, we love the stuff, and this was in no way a negative:-) Actually, I liked this lots better than restaurant green currys, as the flavors seemed much brighter. There was lots of sauce, and next time, I might use 1 1/4 lbs fish plus a full pound of shrimp. One other plus - the green curry paste can be made ahead. With a small amount of prep, this dish can be cooked at the last minute and served quickly. Thanks, Kathy, for a great recipe!
This was an outstanding green curry. The flavours all blend well together and they aroma was wonderful. Cooking it reminded me of our trips to Thailand. I used grated lemongrass, fresh ginger instead of galangal and Lake Victoria Nile Perch Fillets instead of catfish. My green prawns/shrimp were a little large so it took a few more extra minutes to cook. I also left out the Jalapeno peppers as I couldn't find them in our supermarket. So if you want a green curry without the heat just leave the Jalapeno's out and the flavour of the curry isn't compromised. Thank you Kathy228