Look at these vibrant colours, you’d probably not imagine you could make this in a slow cooker! Read on and get my slow cooker coconut fish curry recipe, it is easy to make and doesn’t take long (in slow cooking terms), and you’ll end up with a tasty dish full of fresh flavours, a creamy coconut milk sauce and tender flakes of fish.
Before I created this recipe, my own spin on a fish curry with coconut milk, I’d never cooked fish in my slow cooker before. Visions of a house reeking all day and fish disintegrated into tiny pieces really did put me off. But I realised that even though it is a slow cooker it doesn’t need to be on ALL day for fish, and a few hours on low would be sufficient to ensure the fish is cooked through (look for it flaking easily and turning from translucent to opaque) and the vegetables are gently cooked without losing their colour and nutrients. I was quite surprised to find that the slow cooker could produce a dish full of colour and flavour without the delicate fish falling to pieces.
As it doesn’t take long to cook, this is the kind of slow cooked dish I could put in the pot when I get home from work, and once the kids are bathed and in bed it would be ready for me to serve. So no need to get prepared first thing in the morning for this one. In summer I like a big bowl of my slow cooker coconut fish curry with plenty of vegetables and no other accompaniment, whereas in winter it will be served with steamed rice, using a spoon to finish every last bit of the coconut milk sauce.
A delicious light fish curry made in the slow cooker, using coconut milk
- 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 3 cm piece of fresh ginger peeled and finely chopped
- 1 red chilli deseeded and finely chopped
- 1.5 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 stick lemongrass bashed with a wooden spoon to release the flavour
- 400 ml coconut milk
- 300 g skinless and boneless cod loin cut into 2 cm cubes
- 100 g mange tout sliced
- 150 g broccoli florets
- To serve: fresh coriander and red chilli sliced
Place the garlic, ginger, red chilli, turmeric, lemongrass and coconut milk in the slow cooker.
Add the cubes of cod, mange tout and broccoli.
Cook on low for 2-3 hours or until the cod is cooked through (check that it flakes easily and has turned from translucent to opaque).
Top with chopped fresh coriander and slices of red chilli.
Note: I made this in a large 5.7 litre slow cooker but it would also work well in a smaller slow cooker e.g. 3.5 litre. Cooking time will vary according to your slow cooker and its size. In my large slow cooker this was done after 1 hour and 45 minutes. Check the fish as mentioned above to ensure it is cooked.
For more fish stews or fish curry recipes, check these out:
- Brazilian fish stew from Recipes from a Pantry
- Feel-good fish curry from Family Friends Food
- Hot prawn madras curry from The Hedge Combers
- Prawn, mushroom and spinach curry from Fab Food 4 All
- Thai yellow curry with fish from Nicky’s Kitchen Sanctuary
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