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Quick and Easy Thai Salmon Curry

At 20 minutes from start to finish, this easy Thai salmon curry recipe is a fantastic midweek dinner that even the most rushed of families can manage! It is hot with a red Thai curry paste and sweet from mangetout and silky with coconut milk.

Portrait overhead image of a Thai salmon curry served with rice, shredded Thai Basil and mangetout in a white bowl

Lightning Fast & Easy Thai Fish Curry.

I have no idea why there are no Fish Curry recipes on my site as yet and this easy salmon recipe will probably open the floodgates.

This dish definitely falls into the curry in a hurry category! My timings say 20 minutes but in reality, once you are familiar with the recipe it is closer to 15.

Most important it packs much more flavour than that short cooking time would indicate.

The hot, sour, sweet and salty flavours closely associated with Thai food is really a great love of mine.

I use them in everything from my Thai duck curry through to my Thai Chicken Stir Fry and of course Thai green chicken curry.

As with most of my recipes, this pays no nod to authenticity whatsoever. These are flavours I love with ingredients from my store cupboard!

At the heart of this recipe is a Thai red curry paste, make sure you spend wisely. This is where the majority of your flavour comes from!

Portrait image of a Thai salmon curry served with rice, shredded Thai Basil and mangetout in a white bowl

An Ingredient Guide.

You can, of course, use a jar of Thai red curry paste for this curry recipe. In fact, I kind of assume that the majority of people will.

But I am sure that there are a few of you out there like me. If you are intrigued making fresh Thai Red Curry paste at home is really easy.

Next on the list to look at is Thai Basil, it can be tricky to find depending on your location.

There is no direct substitution, but swapping it out for regular basil with 25% of mint is a pleasing alternative.

Finally, we have the Mangetout, I used to mock their use at one pint in time. But they are great in this curry, they offer a crunch and sweetness.

You can replace with snow peas which seem much more common in the US for my readers on t’other side of the puddle!

Portrait overhead closeup image of a Thai salmon curry served with rice, shredded Thai Basil and mangetout and shredded Thai basil

Recipe Hints and Tips.

You need no skills at all to cook this recipe but that does not mean that a little prep does not help.

Whilst this cooking this meal is not as frantic as some wok recipes that I cook it still moves quickly.

As a result, preparing all of the vegetables beforehand really helps.

You should also check your salmon fillets for bones. Just run your fingertips along what looks like a seam on the flesh side.

If there are bones you will feel them, use some tweezers or needle-nose pliers to remove them.

If your salmon fillet has skin on it you can leave it on. But it will be soggy and not nice!

Removing the skin is easy, place the fish skin side down on a flat board. Slide a long sharp knife under the skin on one side and gently begin to cut.

Once you are 3-4cm in grab the flap of skin and pull slowly working the knife and the two will separate.

Or you can cook it with the skin on and just remove before serving.

Simple Thai Salmon Curry Recipe
Yield: 2 Servings

Simple Thai Salmon Curry Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Curries can occasionally be challenging to cook with ingredient lists as long as your arm... This salmon curry is not like that, it has a modest list of requirements and takes just 20 minutes to cook!


  • 350 g Skinless Salmon Fillet
  • 150 ml Coconut Milk
  • 50 g Thai Red Curry Paste
  • 1 Tbsp Fish Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Spring Onions
  • 100 g Mangetout
  • 1 Tsp Lime Juice
  • Thai Basil
  • 1 Tsp Neutral Cooking Oil


  1. Finely slice your spring onions keeping the white part separate from the green part.
  2. Heat a wok over a high heat and when hot add the oil followed by the white parts of the spring onion and then the Thai red curry paste.
  3. Stir fry for 60 seconds then pour in the coconut milk and add the fish sauce and brown sugar and stir to form a sauce.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium then add in your salmon fillets and cook for 3-4 minutes napping with the sauce occasionally.
  5. Add the green parts of the spring onion, lime juice and mangetout peas and cook for a further 3-4 minutes or until your salmon is cooked to your liking.
  6. Serve sprinkled with Thai Basil and a side of simply cooked Jasmine rice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 565Total Fat: 40gSaturated Fat: 18gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 110mgSodium: 532mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 2gSugar: 4gProtein: 43g

Did you make this recipe?

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Sue R

Monday 4th of November 2019

Delish! Thank you. Husband loves a curry of any sort. I'd not done one with fish in it before.

Brian Jones

Tuesday 5th of November 2019

You are welcome, I love this dish, I treat it as a lazy day cheat dinner it is so easy :D

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Thursday 27th of September 2018

This has my mouth watering. Nothing beats a good fish curry and this looks incredible. I haven't had a fish curry for far too long, might have to pop this on the meal plan soon!

Brian Jones

Sunday 30th of September 2018



Thursday 27th of September 2018

I am just so in love with thai red curry - it's one of my favorite flavors! And I love that once you have the paste made, most recipes are pretty quick after that. This sounds delicious!

Brian Jones

Sunday 30th of September 2018

It is great a bit of work in advance and then a whole world of quick tasty grub.

Camilla Hawkins

Thursday 27th of September 2018

This looks so tasty, I love quick and easy salmon dishes, perfect for a mid-week meal!

Brian Jones

Sunday 30th of September 2018

Thanks Camilla

Jacqueline Meldrum

Thursday 27th of September 2018

Homemade curry is always so much nicer than making it from a jar of curry. It is really worth making a bit of effort.

Brian Jones

Sunday 30th of September 2018

I agree, Thank you.