Poached Tilapia in Coconut Milk Curry

8 Feb

I’m so impressed with the way this last-minute, one-pan-meal came together. I’d spent the afternoon working up an appetite while volunteering for Growing Chefs at Whole Foods and did a quick run around the store to get a piece of tilapia before leaving. My first thought had been to throw together a stir-fry, but after perusing my fridge and finding leftover roasted squash and a bit of coconut milk, I decided to do a simple curry. SO glad I did.

I don’t actually own curry powder or paste. All it is is a mix of spices anyways, so I generally just put my own mix together. Use whole spices and grind them in a spice (read: coffee) grinder! You can use any vegetables you like in this recipe. I just used what was quick and easy.

Tilapia Fish Coconut Curry

Poached Tilapia in Coconut Milk Curry

2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 onion, sliced thin
2 Tbsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp black mustard seeds
1 can coconut milk
3″ fresh ginger, sliced into thin matchsticks
1 stalk celery, sliced thin
2 fillets tilapia (cod or haddock would work well too – any fish that’s not too strong)
1/2 a delicata squash, roasted
2 stalks kale, sliced thin
1 clove garlic, minced
cilantro, rough chop
green onion, rouch chop
1 lime, juiced and zested
salt to taste

1 cup quinoa, cooked

Heat oil in a pan and sauté onion with coriander, turmeric and mustard seeds until soft and the seeds are popping. Pour in coconut milk and add ginger and celery, then bring everything up to a simmer. Add half the lime juice and season with salt. Lay the tilapia into the pan, then add the squash. Place a lid on and let poach for ~3 minutes. Flip the fish and add the kale and garlic. Place the lid back on for ~1 minute, just until the fish is cooked through. Finish with the rest of the lime juice and zest. Serve on quinoa topped with cilantro and green onion. Enjoy!

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3 Responses to “Poached Tilapia in Coconut Milk Curry”

  1. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen February 10, 2013 at 10:17 AM #

    I’m always looking for a new way to prepare seafood.. that is flavorful, quick and healthy! I love this one! xx

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