Thai Coconut Fish Curry with Kabocha Squash

Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 - 6 oz fillets of barramundi, cut into 1 x 1-inch cubes, Kosher salt and cracked black pepper, 2 tablespoons - cooking oil of your choice, 1 - yellow onion, diced (approx. 1 cup), 3 - cloves of garlic, minced, 1 teaspoon - freshly grated ginger, 10 ounces - kabocha squash, cubed (about half of a full squash), cubed, 3 tablespoons - red Thai curry paste, 1 - 13.5 oz can of coconut milk, 1 tablespoon - fish sauce (soy sauce may be used if necessary), 1 tablespoon - sambal oelek (chili garlic sauce), plus more for more heat if desired, 1 - lime, juiced and zested (zest the lime prior to juicing it), 1 cup - (packed) roughly chopped kale, 6 ounces - broccolini, roughly chopped, Fresh Thai basil or regular basil leaves – full, torn, or ribboned, Thinly sliced scallions, Lime wedges,
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Thai Coconut Fish Curry
with Kabocha Squash

  • 20m prep
  • 25m cook
  • Serves 4
  • RECIPE CREATED BY
    Friends & Family

  • Pairs with Riesling

  • Perfect for Weeknights

  • Perfect for Getting Cozy

Ingredients

For Fish Curry:
  • 2 6 oz fillets of barramundi, cut into 1 x 1-inch cubes
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil of your choice
  • 1 yellow onion, diced (approx. 1 cup)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
  • 10 ounces kabocha squash, cubed (about half of a full squash), cubed
  • 3 tablespoons red Thai curry paste
  • 1 13.5 oz can of coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (soy sauce may be used if necessary)
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (chili garlic sauce), plus more for more heat if desired
  • 1 lime, juiced and zested (zest the lime prior to juicing it)
  • 1 cup (packed) roughly chopped kale
  • 6 ounces broccolini, roughly chopped
To Garnish and Serve:
  • Fresh Thai basil or regular basil leaves – full, torn, or ribboned
  • Thinly sliced scallions
  • Lime wedges

Belly-warming bliss in each bite.

Thai Coconut Fish Curry with Kabocha Squash is “silky and slightly spicy,” says Dana Sandonato of Killing Thyme, who also contributed food styling and photography for her recipe.

  1. Step 1Set the thawed barramundi out on the counter and let it come to room temp. This should take about 15 minutes. Once it reaches room temp, pat dry with a paper towel and cut into 1 x 1-inch cubes; lightly hit with salt and pepper, and set aside.
  2. Step 2Heat cooking oil in a large saucepan or braiser over moderate heat. Add the minced onion, garlic, kabocha squash, and fresh ginger. Simmer for approx. 5 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant and the onions are lightly translucent.
  3. Step 3Stir in the 3 tablespoons of red Thai curry paste and stir until the veggies are evenly coated.
  4. Step 4Add the coconut milk, fish sauce, sambal oelek, lime zest, and lime juice; stir to combine and until the curry paste has dissolved into the liquid. Let the curry simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the squash becomes tender enough to easily pierce with a fork. About 10 minutes into the simmer, add the kale and broccolini (they take less time to cook and you don’t want them overcooked).
  5. Step 5In the meantime, prepare your rice or other grain as per the package instructions and set aside when done.
  6. Step 6Once the squash is tender, add the cubed barramundi and poach it in the liquids for about 5-7 minutes, or until opaque, can flake with a fork, and has an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees F.
  7. Step 7Serve over your preferred grains, and garnish with basil, scallions, and a fresh squeeze of lime juice.
  8. Cooking Tip: Kabocha Squash can be tough to cut, but baking it in the oven at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes will soften it up. Alternately, you may microwave the squash for 4 minutes.
Suggested sides
  • Jasmine
    Rice
  • Sauteed
    Bok Choi
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