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Thai Seafood Curry

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (5 Reviews)


Thai seafood curry
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If you enjoy seafood, you'll love this sumptuous curry. The recipe starts with a healthy homemade, rather tart curry sauce that marries beautifully with fish & seafood. The sauce is heated in a wok or deep frying pan, to which an assortment of seafood and nutritious vegetables are added, plus cubes of pineapple. It's a healthy, one-pot gourmet delight that will impress your friends and family. Make it as the main course for your next potluck or dinner party!

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • SERVES 4
  • An assortment of fish & seafood - see my suggestion below recipe*
  • 2 whole kaffir lime leaves (available fresh or frozen at Asian grocers)
  • 1 small Japanese eggplant, or 1/2 Chinese eggplant, cut into bite-size chunks (be sure to leave nutritious skin on)
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, OR 2 medium tomatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 can pineapple chunks, drained (OR 1 1/2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into cubes)
  • approx. 1/2 cup fresh basil
  • 1 can good-quality coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. tamarind paste (OR substitute juice of 3/4 lime)
  • 1 shallot OR 1/4 cup purple onion, sliced
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 thumb-size piece galangal OR ginger, thinly sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. frozen prepared lemongrass (available at Asian grocers), OR 1 stalk fresh lemongrass (instructions below)
  • 1-2 green chilies (jalapeno work fine)
  • 1/2 tsp. fenugreek (seeds)
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp. fish sauce


For fresh lemongrass tips, see: All About Lemongrass: Your Guide to Buying, Preparing, and Cooking with Lemongrass.

  1. Make the curry sauce by placing all curry sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process well to create a fragrant Thai green curry sauce.
  2. Pour sauce into a wok or deep frying pan and add the kaffir lime leaves. Set over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until sauce begins to bubble.
  3. Add all the vegetables except the basil, and stir well. Reduce heat to medium-low (so curry is gently simmering). Simmer 5-7 minutes, or until the eggplant has softened. Stir occasionally.
  4. While vegetables are simmering, rinse and cut the fish into smaller segments (e.g. 2-3 inches long). Rinse the shellfish in cold water, and remove shells from prawns. Scrub and remove beards from mussels if necessary.
  5. Add the segments of fish, stirring well to incorporate into the sauce. Cook approximately 2 minutes.
  6. Add remaining seafood plus the pineapple, stirring gently to incorporate. Cover and continue simmering until the seafood finishes cooking (about 2 more minutes, or until prawns have turned pink and plump and the shellfish have opened).
  7. Do a taste-test. Note that Thai curries usually require more fish sauce (instead of salt) to arrive at their peak of flavor. Add 1-3 more Tbsp. fish sauce according to your taste. If it turns out too salty, add a squeeze of lime or lemon juice. Add more sugar if too tart, or more fresh green chili (or a sprinkling of dried crushed red chili) if not spicy enough.
  8. Ladle the curry into a serving bowl. Sprinkle the fresh basil over, and serve with plenty of Thai jasmine rice. Enjoy!

*Suggested Assortment of Seafood for this Recipe (note that this recipe is very flexible - add the types of seafood you prefer, or what is available to you):

  • 1 fresh or frozen fillet of salmon
  • 1 fresh or frozen fillet of red snapper, or other white-fleshed fish
  • 6-8 large sea scallops, OR 1+1/2 cups small bay scallops
  • 8-10 medium to large shrimp/prawns
  • several handfuls mussels or clams
User Reviews

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 5 out of 5
Loved this dish!, Member nailciks

This dish looks complicated but was actually easy to make and the sauce was delicious! I used fresh cod fillets sliced into chunks and threw in some thawed shrimp. Next time I'll use all fresh seafood including mussels - the recipe deserves it! Served it up with rice plus some french bread for dipping in, and my spouse was VERY pleased.

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