Slow Cooker Coconut Fish Curry

Slow Cooker Coconut Fish Curry

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.

Slow cooker coconut fish curry - an easy to make dish, full of flavour, using your slow cooker

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.

Slow cooker coconut fish curry - an easy to make dish, full of flavour, using your slow cooker

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.

Slow cooker coconut fish curry - an easy to make dish, full of flavour, using your slow cooker

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Slow cooker coconut fish curry - an easy to make dish, full of flavour, using your slow cooker

Slow Cooker Coconut Fish Curry

A delicious light fish curry made in the slow cooker, using coconut milk
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Slow Cooker
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 3
Calories: 176kcal


  • 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.
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Going to try this tomorrow but not sure how long to cook for?

[…] slow cooker coconut fish curry […]

[…] Slow Cooker Coconut Fish Curry  fish is not something you often see cooked in a slow cooker.  However, this recipe is only cooked for 2-3 hours, making it possible to prepare this when you get home from work. The lightness of this dish makes it ideal for Summer Slow Cooker Recipes. […]


Oh yes please! I love coconut in curries and yours looks and sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x

Looks fabulous, but then, I do love a fish curry! Yum 🙂


wow! what a gorgeous array of colours in one dish! i bet it smelt amazing too x (and tasted great x)

This sounds so, so good, Lucy. Pinned on my must make board! So my kind of food. I know my hubby would like this too! Eb x

This looks gorgeous and still so fresh looking which I wouldn’t have expected in the slow cooker but of course it’s the shorter cooking time. I’ve also avoided cooking fish in my slow cooker because I thought it might get overcooked but now I know it turns out really well and can be cooked much more quickly than most slow cooker curries I will feel more confident about having a go! I feel I should thank you for testing it out for me!

Looking forward to cooking this tomorrow . . . 🙂

Ooh yeah, that’s my kind of meal Lucy. Thanks for including my curry 🙂

Wowzer – this is so vibrant and sounds so fragrant.

This looks so delicious and reminds me that I’ve never cooked fish in my slow cooker! Thanks for linking to my prawn curry:-)

All my favourite flavours in one little bowl #heaven 🙂
Janie x