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In-A-Hurry Fish Curry

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A few years back, a friend cooked me the most amazing fish curry — soft fillets poached in a deliciously flavoured broth.

I asked for the recipe to make it myself, and was sent through a loooong email with many ingredients that even my well-stocked pantry didn’t have. Asides from the ingredient list, the method seemed a little convoluted, involving three pans, a blender, and a couple of hours effort. It may be delicious but we like to keep low-carb eating as simple as possible.

While I don’t mind putting in the hard yards to make delicious food, I also love my quick and easy staples, so I set about recreating the recipe using what I had on hand (except for the fish, obviously, though you could use frozen fillets here instead).

The result was not only super quick and easy, it was also delicious, and so this dish which we named ‘In-a-hurry fish curry’ became a staple low-carb weeknight meal that can be served with any keto-approved sides: cauliflower rice, shirataki rice, steamed or even roasted veggies.

To speed up the process even more, the curry sauce can be made ahead of time so that all you need to do to bring the meal together is heat it and poach the fish — 10 minutes later you’re ready to eat a satisfying low-carb dinner!

The recipe below makes four serves, though it can easily be halved, doubled or tripled to serve more. I like to serve it with some greens stir-fried in a little oil and garlic, and/or some cauli-rice. You could also skip the sides altogether and serve it as a nutritious low-carb soup.

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Serving size about 1 1/4 cups, no side

Allergy information for In-A-Hurry Fish Curry

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nut free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, about 1 1/4 cups, no side)

Net carbs6.1 grams
Protein30.1 grams
Fat31.6 grams
Calories431 kcal
Calories from carbs 6%, protein 28%, fat 66%
Total carbs9.3 gramsFiber3.1 gramsSugars2.2 gramsSaturated fat26 gramsSodium168 mg(7% RDA)Magnesium81 mg(20% RDA)Potassium1,055 mg(53% EMR)

Ingredients (makes 4 servings)

  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil or ghee (30 ml)
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped (70 g/ 2.5 oz)
  • 2 tbsp ginger, grated, about 2.5 cm/ 1 inch piece (12 g/ 0.4 a oz)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp curry powder (mild or hot to preferred taste)
  • 1 cup coconut cream (240 ml/ 8 fl oz)
  • 1 cup prepared vegetable stock, fish stock or water (240 ml/ 8 fl oz)
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped or 2/3 cup canned tomatoes (150 g/ 3.5 oz)
  • 4 thick skinless fillets of firm white fish such as cod (600 g/ 1.3 lbs)
  • Optional: freshly sliced red chillies, cilantro (coriander) and lime wedges, to serve


  1. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until just starting to brown, around 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato, garlic and ginger and cook, stirring for a further minute.
    In-A-Hurry Fish Curry
  3. Add the curry powder, and cook, stirring, for a further minute until fragrant.
    In-A-Hurry Fish Curry
  4. Slowly add the coconut cream and stock, and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer, and cook around 5 to 7 minutes or until the tomatoes start to soften.
    In-A-Hurry Fish Curry
  5. Cut the fish into 3 cm/ 1.2 inch pieces. Add the fish, and gently poach for about 6 to 8 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.
    In-A-Hurry Fish Curry
  6. Divide amongst bowls, and optionally top with fresh chilies, coriander and lime wedges to serve.
    In-A-Hurry Fish Curry
  7. Serve immediately. To prep in advance, make the sauce and then store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to three days. On the day of cooking, bring the sauce to a simmer, and the fish and cook 6-8 minutes until cooked through.
    In-A-Hurry Fish Curry

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, about 1 1/4 cups, no side)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Coconut oil, extra virgin
0 g0 g6.7 g61 kcal
Onion, brown (yellow), raw
1.1 g0.2 g0 g6 kcal
Ginger root, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Garlic, fresh
0.5 g0.1 g0 g2 kcal
Curry powder, spices
0 g0.2 g0.2 g5 kcal
Coconut cream, creamed coconut milk (organic, unsweetened)
2.7 g2.2 g20.8 g198 kcal
Vegetable stock
0.4 g0.3 g2.7 g27 kcal
Tomatoes, fresh
1 g0.3 g0.1 g7 kcal
Fish, cod, Atlantic, raw
0 g26.7 g1 g123 kcal
Total per serving, about 1 1/4 cups, no side
6.1 g30.1 g31.6 g431 kcal

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Comments (11)

Haaaaaaaghhhh!! THE SEARCH is over thannnk you NOW......this????? is what IM TALKINGABOUT !!!

Thank you, I hope you like it! 😊

Just made this for lunch. Followed the recipe but halved it. Omitted stock/water as Basa fillets were frozen. Was lovely with cauli-rice. So quick and easy, many thanks.

Thank you Ann, I'm glad you enjoyed! 😊

I made this with fish and it was delicious. The gravy was amazing, highly recommended. The only substitution was avocado butter for ghee and added a teaspoon of turmeric. Thanks for the recipe!

Thank you for your feedback, glad you enjoyed!

Made it tonight. It was AWESOME!! My wife's background is Pakistani and she gave it a pass!

I made this tonight.  Very yummy.  I added shrimp, mushrooms, and a little sesame oil.

Sounds awesome!

I made this soup last night, I did double the recipe because I had a lot of fish.
The only different thing I did was to add 2 tablespoons of Tomato purée and 1/2 cup heavy cream.  I also used my emulsion-stick mixer before adding the fish, because my kids don’t like chunky soup.
This turned out so great!!  Both kids ate it, and didn’t mind the cilantro I used for garnish even!  
This will be on my favorite list for sure ❤️

Thank you Suzi, I'm glad you all enjoyed! Cilantro is a tricky ingredient, I don't mind it but I have to use parsley when cooking for my partner because he can't stand it 😊