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This 15-minute Coconut Thai Fish Curry recipe features flaky white fish in a balanced Thai curry broth, and is both paleo and keto friendly!

Overhead View of Coconut Fish Curry on Vintage Metal Tray on Dark Wooden Table

A few years ago when I visited Thailand, I took a cooking class at the resort where we stayed. We made a few traditional Thai dishes, including two types of curry.

One of the best things about Thai food in general and curry in particular is that it has a very balanced flavor profile.

And you don’t need store-bought curry paste to make a great curry!

15 Minute Coconut Thai Fish Curry with Description

Easy Coconut Thai Fish Curry Recipe

In this recipe, coconut milk lends subtle sweetness.

Coconut aminos and fish sauce add salty and umami flavors.

Savory depth comes from onion, garlic, and ginger.

Fresh lime juice adds pleasantly tartness and brightens up the flavors of everything else!

Three Quarter Angle of Coconut Fish Curry

How to Make Fish Curry

You might be surprised at how easy this recipe is to make!

Here are the basic steps:

  1. Sauté a few aromatics (like onion, garlic, and ginger).
  2. Add the coconut milk (or whatever liquid the recipe calls for) and seasonings, and bring it to a gentle boil.
  3. Add the fish, cover the pot, and cook until the fish is opaque and flakes easily. This generally takes less than 10 minutes!

Thai Fish Curry

As far as fish curry goes, Thai style is different than Indian style recipes.

Indian fish curry typically uses garlic and ginger as the base. However, it also usually contains stronger spices, such as garam masala, curry powder, or red chilli powder (which is a blend of red chillies along with cumin, coriander, turmeric, and a couple other spices).

Alternatively, Thai fish curry features soy sauce and fish sauce, and lets the flavors of garlic and ginger come through.

Both types of curry are delicious! However, if you’re looking for the best fish curry recipe that has a well-balanced flavor profile, isn’t too heavily spiced, and lets the flavor of the fish shine, Thai curry is the way to go.

Coconut Fish Curry with Fresh Cilantro Leaves in Foreground

What Type of Fish is Good for Curry?

The type of fish used to make curry will depend on your location and what you have access to.

Here in the U.S., I like to use a firm white fish, such as cod, haddock, or halibut.

I like to use de-boned fish fillets for curry. But still be careful because there might be stray bones!

If You’re Trying to Eat More Fish, Here’s More Inspiration:

Coconut Fish Curry in Metal Bowl with Vintage Spoons and Small Dish of Sliced Jalapenos on the Side
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Coconut Fish Curry

Prep Time3 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
This 15-minute Coconut Thai Fish Curry recipe features flaky white fish in a balanced Thai curry broth, and is both paleo and keto friendly!

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  • Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once hot, add the onion, garlic, and ginger and cook until the onion is softened, but not browning, about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the coconut milk, coconut aminos, fish sauce, salt, turmeric, and black pepper, and bring up to a gentle boil.
  • Add the cod, cover the saucepan, and cook until the fish is opaque and flakes easily without a fork, about 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the lime juice.
  • Serve garnished with cilantro.


  • Net Carbs: 7g per serving


Calories: 367kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 22g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 874mg | Potassium: 812mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 3.3mg

Nutritional information is automatically calculated and should be used as an approximate.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Coconut Fish Curry, Thai Fish Curry

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About Faith

I’m the writer, recipe developer, photographer, and food stylist behind this blog. I love finding the human connection through something we all do every day: eat! Food is a common ground that we can all relate to, and our tables tell a story. It’s my goal to inspire you to get in the kitchen, try something new, and find a favorite you didn’t know you had.

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