This one-pan Thai coconut salmon curry is not only a show-stopper to look at, it’s also seriously delicious, easy to make and ready in 30 minutes.
Crispy seared salmon simmered in a rich, slightly spicy, creamy coconut sauce. Loaded with veggies and sprinkled with some fresh basil. You’ll love it.
You might think this recipe is reserved for special occasions only, think again. This is a one-skillet, fast weekday-worthy dinner you’ll come back to again and again… but it’s also fancy enough to serve on a dinner party.
That sweet, spicy combination of red curry, coconut milk and peanut butter is completely intoxicating. We also add a little squeeze of fresh lemon juice for a hint of acid which helps to round out the other flavors.
This is how we do it. We sear the salmon fillets, sauté some fresh baby bok choy and bell pepper (or whatever veggies you have on hand), stir in some coconut milk and seasonings to bring together the ultra-fresh, bold and creamy curry sauce. Then we serve it all up over rice, garnish with basil, or fresh cilantro, and an extra sprinkle of chili flakes.
Let me guide you through the recipe with this step-by-step VIDEO.
- you can use whatever veggies you want, like baby corn, spinach, zucchini, broccoli or peas
- sear the salmon. The key too getting an ultra-crispy salmon without any sticking, is to use a non-stick skillet, then sear it over high heat with some vegetable oil or coconut oil paired with butter
- instead of basil, use Thai basil or cilantro
- you can swap salmon for chicken, shrimp or tofu
- make it milder or spicier
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Calories Per Serving: 374 kcal
Thai Coconut Salmon Curry
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Calories Per Serving: 374 kcal
This was delicious! I used fish stock instead of veggie but otherwise followed the recipe as written, and served with cilantro lime rice.
Thank you for giving the recipe a try! I am so glad you enjoyed it!
Is there a substitute for peanut butter?
You can use almond butter. Enjoy the recipe!
I’m not crazy about curry, can it be made without it?
Hi, you can use more tomato paste and 1/2 to 1 teaspoon chili paste of your choice. Please let me know if you have any more questions. Enjoy the recipe!
I’m going to make the Thai Coconut Salmon. I can’t wait to try it. It has all my favorite ingredient in it. I’ll send a picture when I finish it. Can I print the recipe? It’s easier for me to see.
Sure, there’s a print option underneath the recipe on desktop and tablet version. Enjoy the recipe!
Anna! What a delicious dish! I feel guilty it took me very little time to prepare, yet it tasted like I spent an entire day! I made it as directed, my wife and I absolutely loved it! Definite fav!!! Kudos and thank you!
That’s so nice to hear! I’m really glad you enjoyed the recipe. Thank you for giving it a try!
This looks delicious, can you suggest a replacement for peanut butter? I have a nut allergy. Thank you!
Hi, you can use almond or cashew butter. Hope you love it!
You could try tahini or sunflower seed butter
Is there a substitute for fish sauce?…Also I have Thai Curry Spice…but it is not Red……is this ok..?….I can’t wait to try it…!
Hi! You can leave the fish sauce out. If using thai curry spice, start by adding 1 tbsp, taste and add more to your own liking. Hope you love it!
So tasty! What was the calorie amount for this?
Amazing ! Try it , you will love it .
So glad you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for making!
thank you! so glad you enjoyed!
Fabulous recipe! It is perfect as written and it’s going into my regular repertoire for quick and tasty weeknight dinners. Thank you!
that’s so nice to hear! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for giving it a try!
I made this tonight and it was insanely delicious!! We enjoyed it more than some of the dishes at our local Thai spot. I threw a handful of cilantro on at the end and it was *chefs kiss*
Love hearing this! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for making it!
I just made this. This is so good.. substituted chicken and shrimp and broccoli.
Sounds amazing! I’m really glad you enjoyed this recipe, thanks for making!
I just posted on your Instagram but wanted to comment here as well. This curry is absolutely sensational. I made it for dinner last night and we practically inhaled it. A big thank you from Western Australia (where we’re in the middle of a very hot summer).
Fantastic, that’s really nice to hear! So glad you enjoyed the recipe, thanks so much for making it!
Wow! This recipe was amazing! The longest part was prepping the veggies. The actual cooking time was fast. We were expecting company and it didn’t work out so we had leftovers. My husband and I were hiding the leftovers from one another so that we could enjoy it one last time in our lunches at work. If you like Thai-inspired dishes, this one is a winner! It wasn’t spicy. I added a very small pinch of red pepper flakes to the dish as it was cooking too.
Yay! Love hearing that, Melissa. So glad this recipe was a hit, thanks for the comment!
Very tasty! The only change I would make next time is shorter cooking time for fish…2 minutes/per side should do it. (May have been my fish sizes)
Thank you for an incredible meal.
I’m so happy you enjoyed it!
I’m about to make this for lunch! I’ve been craving it all week. It’s Alpha Gal allergy safe which is a big win for me 🤙🏼
Quick question. I love your recipe video that works like an IG story. Very user friendly! How did you make that? Is there a specific app to make/embed it that way?
Hi, I use Google Web Stories. Pleas let me know if you have any more questions. Enjoy the recipe!