Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a lovely curry-like recipe but the beauty of this dish is that it doesn't use any exotic and hard to find ingredients. It also opens itself up to substitutions. You can adjust the spices to your taste and might like to try jumbo shrimp instead of salmon. I have also used cooked salmon in this recipe, just add it right at the end of cooking and reduce the overall simmering time accordingly.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix the turmeric and salt in a bowl and roll the fish in the mixture.
  2. Leave to sit while you make the sauce.
  3. If using cardamom pods or whole cloves, crush to a fine dust.
  4. Melt the butter or oil in a frying pan and add onion, garlic, ginger and spices (except cinnamon stick, if using), cooking gently for 2-3 minutes until onion starts to soften.
  5. Add the coconut milk and cinnamon stick, simmering gently until thick (8-10 minutes).
  6. Taste and adjust with lemon juice.
  7. You can let the dish sit for up to 15 minutes at this point if you want to delay dinner a bit.
  8. Add the fish to the sauce, gently stirring it to loosen the turmeric and cover the fish.
  9. Cook for 10 minutes over a medium heat or until the salmon is just cooked.
  10. Garnish with coriander and serve over rice or, if you prefer, very thin, cooked Asian noodles.


Most Helpful

I was looking for a nice, light meal that wouldn't be too difficult on a beginner. It was excellent and a real surprise! Thank you for sharing.

Jamie G July 15, 2002

Ideally I'd have liked to give this 2.5 stars going by Zaar guidelines. An interesting variation on salmon, but overall, we were left wanting something 'more.' The predominant flavor was cardamom. I used fresh, and only used 8 pods, thankfully. It was quick to do, with simple instructions. I think it was flavorful enough, and might be better with shrimp, but I don't think we'd make it again.

MrsMM October 02, 2007

I absolutely LOVED this recipe! I made this with salmon and used fresh cardamom pods, as outlined in the recipe. The only small alterations I made were to dice the garlic instead of grating it, and I used crushed red pepper flakes because I could not find 2 fresh red chilies at the store. This was deliciously spicy--I like my food quite spicy, so it was perfect for me. I've already put this recipe in my box of keepers and will be making it again soon. Thanks for posting.

Dr. Jenny September 16, 2007

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