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Quick Thai Coconut Salmon

Quick Thai Coconut Salmon

30 MIN

Canned coconut milk and Thai roasted red curry paste have become fast pantry favorites around these parts. Coconut milk adds richness and body, while the red curry paste packs a convenient punch of flavor without needing to rely on a slew of different spices. This Thai Coconut Salmon dish is a great way to get fish on the table in under 30 (less if you prep the vegetables in advance).

Good Cents

Wild salmon typically runs more expensive than farmed. Check your grocer’s freezer case for flash frozen wild caught salmon fillets. Pound for pound, these are oftentimes cheaper and work great in recipes where it’s quickly simmered.

  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil (or olive oil)
  • 4 4-oz wild salmon fillets
  • 1/4 large onion, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 heaping tablespoons Thai red curry paste (Recommend: Thai Kitchen)
  • 1 14.5-oz can lite unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce or tamari
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges
  • To serve: Cooked rice or quinoa

In a medium skillet with lid, heat coconut oil over medium heat. Season salmon with Kosher salt and pepper. Once the oil is hot (it should look “shimmery”), add salmon skin side up. Sear for 2 minutes, then remove from pan and set aside.

To the pan add the onion and bell pepper and saute for 5 minutes. Add garlic and curry paste and cook 1 minute. Add coconut milk and soy sauce and whisk to combine. Add peas. Once liquid simmers around the edge, return salmon to pan, cover, and cook for 5-8 minutes more or until salmon is just cooked through. Top with cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Serve over rice or quinoa.

Meal Prep Tips

Prep the onion and bell pepper up to 3 days in advance. Steam rice or cook quinoa up to 4 days in advance, and reheat when ready to serve.

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5 comments on “Quick Thai Coconut Salmon

  1. I’ve made this recipe many times already with salmon and sometimes with shrimp. Delicious recipe thank you for sharing.

  2. This was a hit with my family! I made a similar recipe that takes much longer. This will be my go-to from now on. I can’t digest legumes, so I subbed fresh Dino kale and fresh baby spinach…no red pepper, so I added extra onion. It was fantastic—thank you so much!

  3. Thanks for this easy, very tasty salmon recipe. Literally puts dinner on the table in no time. Next time, I’ll try adding spinach.

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