Quick & Easy Coconut Fish Curry

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You might remember when I told you about my cilantro aversion.  It’s funny how tastes can change, even as an adult…long story short, it turns out, I think I’m cured.  (Baby steps though!  You probably won’t be seeing cilantro as an ingredient in my recipes any time soon…and I really don’t think I’ll ever be able to eat that tortilla soup I made.  *Shudder.*)  Since I had sworn off ever eating cilantro again, you might wonder how I discovered this…read on, Dear Reader!

I recently had the opportunity to try a few Stonehouse 27 sauces, including the following flavors:  Tamarind & Garlic, Spicy Cashews & Cream (both hot and mild varieties), Cilantro & Coconut, Dates & Tamarind, and Tomato & Chilies (thank you to the kind people at Stonehouse 27!).  One night, Mike was in the mood for fish curry and since I didn’t have a ton of time to spend making dinner, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to try one of the sauces.  The Cilantro & Coconut sauce sounded like it would be good with fish so I decided to give it a go.  (I had no intention of eating it…I just figured I’d have eggs for dinner or something.)

As the curry was simmering away it started smelling more and more delicious.  The savory smell of garlic and onion (which I can never resist) was mixing with the sweet smell of coconut milk…and the spices in the sauce took the aroma over the top.  It was calling to me…no, screaming to me, actually.  I had to try it.

I cautiously tried a small spoonful at first.  One bite let to two and I was hooked, trading my small spoon in for a bowlful, with all thoughts of eggs for dinner quickly escaping my mind.  The thing about the cilantro in the sauce is that while I could taste it very faintly in the background, it wasn’t strong or overwhelming in any way (and even more pleasantly surprising to me was that it had no taste of soap!).  Actually, it was a perfect harmony of flavors.  I still don’t relish the idea of eating a bucket load of fresh cilantro…but at least now I probably won’t shun a recipe and run two miles in the opposite direction just because cilantro is an ingredient.  :)

I was pretty impressed with both the Stonehouse 27 products and the company, so I wanted to share a little bit about them.

The products…

  • All natural ingredients
  • Naturally gluten-free
  • Low sodium (less than 40 mg per serving!)
  • No trans fat
  • No refined sugar

The company…

“Stonehouse 27 is a minority and woman-owned business that donates a percentage of its profits towards education for women and children.”  (From a Stonehouse 27 brochure.)

If you’re on Facebook, you might want to check them out here.   

And if you’re interested in finding their sauces near you, here’s their retail locator.   

Notice I’m garnishing this with fresh parsley instead of cilantro, lol…I don’t keep cilantro in the house!

Quick & Easy Coconut Fish Curry

Serves 4

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, thinly sliced

1 medium red bell pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon curry powder

1 (14 oz) can coconut milk

1 (12 oz) jar Stonehouse 27 Cilantro & Coconut sauce

3/4 to 1 lb firm-fleshed white fish fillets (such as cod, haddock or grouper), bones and skin removed

Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add onion and bell pepper and cook until completely softened but not mushy, about 7 to 10 minutes. Add garlic and curry powder, and cook 1 minute more. Add coconut milk and Cilantro & Coconut sauce, bring up to a gentle simmer (turning heat down as necessary to keep it at a simmer), and cook 3 minutes.

Add the whole fish fillets, making sure they are completely submerged in broth (they will break into smaller pieces while cooking).  Cover the pot and cook (without stirring), making sure it doesn’t boil, until fish is cooked (about 7 to 10 minutes).  (The fish is done when it is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.) 

Disclaimer:  I received the Stonehouse 27 Cilantro & Coconut sauce free of charge; as always, opinions stated are my own.

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  1. says

    That’s funny about cilantro. Personally, I love the stuff and I’ve never noted it to taste of soap.

    The fish curry sounds quite delightful. I’m not a huge coconut milk fan–it is too bloating–but it is nice in this type of dish.

    Fresh cilantro looks lovely. Perhaps you could start by using it as a garnish in some of your stunning food photos?

    • admin says

      Stevie, Most people don’t taste soap when they taste cilantro, but there are a lucky few who do (genetics to thank! ;) ). You might find the New York Times article that I mentioned in this post interesting.

  2. says

    Oh, this looks and sounds incredible! I haven’t had a fish stew-type dish since I was a little girl. Back then I hated it, but now it’s the kind of thing that I live for! I wish I had a jar of that sauce right now!

  3. says

    I demand a giveaway. It all sounds lovely, esp the Spicy Cashews & Cream sauce! You know, one of my favorite dishes is the curry fish head you get in Singapore. This reminds me of that….

  4. says

    I wonder if that means there’s still hope for one of my best friends. She has hated cilantro all her life. And she’s Asian. So, she has to pick her way carefully through a lot of Asian dishes to avoid the green stuff. Too funny.

  5. Laz says

    I love a good curry and certainly will not run 2 miles away from this.

    All the best with your 12 step Cilantro program. Such a flavorful addition to many dishes.

  6. says

    I’ve never seen or heard of these sauces before but I’ll have to keep an eye out for them cause they sound like some great flavors! I can’t imagine a life without cilantro…it’s one of my favorite herbs! I’m glad you’re starting to like it again because this soup looks delicious! baby steps.

  7. says

    Quick meals like this is great when time is short and/or it’s too hot out to really spend time in the kitchen :) I love all curries, and fish curries are no exception. Glad you were able to SLIGHTLY get over your aversion and love this curry. I feel that same way about dill, I never use it, can taste it from a mile away, but on some occasions when its used very sparingly and does not overwhelm the dish, I can actually really learn to enjoy it!

  8. says

    My daughter and her hubby do not like cilantro and I hesitate to use it, for that reason.

    Now, that we grow our own spices, I have been subbing them for whatever is suggested, in recipes and they work and in my opinion, they taste a lot better than the dried.

    I have never had a fish curry but it sounds good. That may just be the next fish dish, I will make.

  9. says

    This looks wonderful, and I’m sure it’s quite tasty! I love cilantro, but if I eat more than just the tiniest little bit of it, I get really bad heartburn. :( I have to be so careful with cilantro because of that and it sucks because I really like it. It’s a pity because I’d love to try this fish curry. :(

  10. says

    I’ve tried two of the Stonehouse 27 simmer sauces, but the ones I tried were too sweet (something with cashews and a tomato-garlic). This one looks a lot better. But like you, I’m totally averse to cilantro…which is really sad, seeing as I grew up eating Indian food.
    The fish curry looks and sounds very, very tasty.

  11. says

    Oh Im nuts about Cilantro, although we call it Coriander. Its soooo good. :) I sneak it into lots of different foods, I find the taste sweeter and more rounded, better than good ol parsley. :)
    Yummmm, the sauce looks good. And PLEASE, send me a bowl of the curry darlin, it looks AmAzInG!!!!

  12. says

    I don’t know, Faith, I don’t like cilantro either. At all. Ever. Perhaps I should try one of their other sauces first and work my way up to this one. I DO love coconut and your curry looks marvelous.

  13. says

    I’m sure, as you described…there was a great harmony of flavours…however, my aversion to cilantro hasn’t been cured yet…sigh. I need to grow up a little more. LOL

    Faith, the dish looks wonderful, nonetheless…especially with the coconut addition ;o)

    Ciao for now,

  14. says

    Those sauces sound amazing! And coconut fish curry sounds right up my alley..especially with the cilantro! I know it’s a love or hate herb, but I am on side LOVE ;)

  15. says

    i haven’t had curry in so long because of my kiddies, it’s too spicy for them. your fish curry looks delicious. the addition of the red peppers add great colour to the dish. glad you were able to get over your dislike of cilantro for this, Faith. looks totally worth it!

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