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Halibut Coconut Curry in a Hurry

October 24, 2016

Halibut Coconut Curry in a Hurry /

Halibut Coconut Curry in a Hurry is creamy, dreamy and delicately mild and can be on your dinner table in less than 15 minutes.
Halibut Coconut Curry in a Hurry /

Life is always a rush. People are always rushing from one place to other and never getting anyplace quickly at all.

We are always hurrying and then waiting in line for this, that, and the other thing. People even wait in line to purchase dinner on their way home from work.
Halibut Coconut Curry in a Hurry /

You are going to be sad to hear that all that waiting was for nothing. This delightful halibut coconut curry in a hurry dinner can be on your table in 15 minutes or less. Yes, just 15 little minutes for the full and complete meal. Really, if we did not have to wait on the rice to cook, it could have been done way before that.

Halibut Coconut Curry in a Hurry /

This heavenly mild halibut coconut curry is delightfully creamy, fragrant and warms you from the inside out. The poached fish is so delicate it just melts in your mouth. One bite and I promise you will never be waiting in a long food que ever again.

You are just going to love this halibut coconut curry in a hurry as it is gluten-free, dairy-free and warming. We originally posted the recipe for Halibut curry in a Hurry in February 2014. We have made the dish many times and have tweaked the recipe to use easy to find common ingredients. In addition, we have many alternative options for you if you cannot find ingredients or need to make substitutions due to a dietary restrictions. As you know, Thai flavors are all about the balance of sweet, sour, spicy and savory. Please use this recipe only as a guide but each person has their own individual taste. Some of you may want it more spicy, more sweet, more sour or want it more salty so this is where you do your taste test and add a little more of the components to meet your individual taste. If you want it more spicy, then add some bird chilis in with the sautéed onions and garlic. If you want it more sweet then add more sweetener of choice. If you want it more sour, add a little more lime juice. If you want it more salty, then add more salt, bouillon or fish sauce.

This mild halibut coconut curry in a hurry does not have one little spicy bird chili in it. Yes, you heard me correctly. No chili peppers, not a single one. The red you see on top is a little mild red bell pepper, just for color. However, this curry is the most flavorful and delightful curry we have had in a long time. Flavorful without the burn. (Feel free to make it as hot or mild as you wish and add your own bird chili's as you wish, but we promise you will not miss the fire heat).

We started out with a little coconut oil in a pot and added a little onion, ginger, lemongrass paste, garlic and just gently sautéed them until they became aromatic. We added one can of light coconut milk, bite sized pieces of halibut fillets, turmeric, seasonings, lime zest, butternut cooked squash and poached fish for about 10 minutes until the fish flakes easily. Dinner was ready and it was just as simple as that. You are going to love the rich and flavorful broth.

Halibut Coconut Curry in a Hurry /

Turmeric is such a beautiful golden spice and it has so many health benefits. Turmeric works as an anti-inflammatory, is high in antioxidants and helps lower cholesterol. However, my favorite reason for using turmeric is I just love that beautiful golden color. It is also a warming spice without the heat spice on the tongue. We love the ginger and turmeric in this dish. It is just what you need on these cold and damp days.

Halibut Coconut Curry in a Hurry /

Once again, we used what we had on hand. Feel free to add any vegetables you like. We had cooked butternut squash in the refrigerator and baby bok choy so that is what we added. In Asia, it is easy to find things like fresh lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves in the regular grocery store. However, feel free to use dried spices or take a fun trip to the Asian market near you or just simply omit and you can still make this lovely dish without much fuss. There really is no substitute for kaffir lime leaves however, a little fresh lime zest and juice just before serving really brightens this dish. The rest of the items you should easily be able to find in any Western grocery market. In addition, any mild white fish fillet will be lovely in this dish; tilapia, cod fish, mahi mahi, etc. all work well.

It is a little brisk out today and a little warming comfort food is just what you need. This flavorful coconut broth is so creamy and delicious, you will wish you made more than just 2 servings.

If you like Thai flavors, have you tried our Thai Pomelo Crab Salad Avocados

or how about our Roasted Kobocha Squash with Curried Sauce

or our Turmeric Pork Skewers with Thai Basil Dipping Sauce
Thoughts and prayers going out to Thailand. King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be dearly missed.



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Halibut Coconut Curry in a Hurry

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October 24, 2016

Heavenly mild halibut coconut curry is delightfully creamy, fragrant and warms you from the inside out. The poached fish is so delicate it just melts in your mouth.

  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 2 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager


white fish - 2 fillets bones and skin removed ( we used halibut but any white fish you like such as tilapia, cod, mahi mahi, etc all work well)

coconut oil - 1 tablespoon or oil of choice

ginger - 1 inch knob peeled and freshly grated or 1/4-1/2 teaspoon dried ground

onion - 2 tablespoon finely chopped

garlic - 2 cloves finely chopped

coconut milk - 1 can (12 oz) light

lemongrass - 1 tablespoon stir in paste (we used Gourmet Garden) or preferably fresh lemongrass stalks- bash with your clever and remove before serving.

salt - to taste

white pepper - to taste

vegetable bouillon or cube - 1 teaspoon or 1 cube dissolved in 1 tablespoon of warm water (can use chicken powder, we used gluten free or can use 1 tablespoon of fish sauce)

maple syrup - 1 tablespoon or can use brown sugar or coconut sugar (or can also use sugar alternative if desired)

turmeric - 1 heaping teaspoon

butternut squash - 1/2 cup cooked and cubed

baby bok choy - 3/4 cup chopped

lime zest - 1 teaspoon (if you have access to fresh kaffir lime leaves then use 3 whole with stem removed and remove from dish before serving

lime juice - juice of 1/2 of a key lime or about 1-2 teaspoons.

coriander - garnish optional

chili - optional (bird chili to taste)


1Cut your halibut (or white mild fish of choice) into large bite size pieces. Set aside. (Make jasmine or brown rice as the side dish)

2In a medium pot, place about a tablespoon of coconut oil. Add fresh ginger, onion, garlic and saute until aromatic and onions are translucent, but no browning. Please note if you are adding dried ground ginger instead of fresh, hold adding it until you put your coconut milk in the pan- please note that dried ground ginger is stronger than fresh ginger so you may want to start out with 1/4 teaspoon, taste and if you want it a little more spicy can increase up to total of 1/2 teaspoon dried ground ginger)

3Turn down heat on stovetop burner to medium-low heat. Add coconut milk, lemon grass paste or bashed fresh lemongrass (if no lemongrass, just skip it, as this recipe is even delicious without it) cut up halibut fish, salt and white pepper (to taste), vegetable bouillon or fish sauce, maple syrup or sugar alternative of choice, turmeric, cooked and cubed butternut squash, baby bok choy (or whatever vegetables you desire and stir. Add your lime zest and lime juice and stir. (if you have access to fresh kaffir lime leaves, remove the stems and add them in the coconut milk and remove just before serving.) Gently poach halibut fish for about 10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with chopstick (fork). (if using fresh lemongrass, remove before serving)

4Serve Halibut Coconut Curry with a side of rice and garnish with cilantro. Enjoy hot!

  • Joanna

    This dish sounds most intriguing, Bobbi. I have texture issues, though. Is that going to be a problem here? I really want to try this but I am worried it will be too soft or possibly even soggy or a bit slimy. Please tell me it’s not…. 🙂 xo

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Joanna, the fish in this dish is tender and flaky- (My picky teenage boys ate it, so that is saying something for it as my boys don’t like fish). The coconut milk makes a thick creamy broth and with the aromatic spices it just the perfect way to warm up this winter.

      • Joanna

        I think I will try it! Thanks, Bobbi!! xo

  • Robyn

    Oh my gosh, Bam, this is my favourite recipe so far! I love that it’s quick but mostly I love the combination of these ingredients. I can taste it already! I definitely will use halibut as it’s one of my favourites. I agree that curry doesn’t have to be fiery hot and this dish looks beautiful. I’ve got company coming this weekend and this is what they’re getting. Can hardly wait – thank you!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi there Robyn, I am so glad you liked this recipe. On these cooler days, my body just craves something comforting and warm. Please do let me know how it goes for you this weekend. The good thing about this recipe is you can enjoy your guests or even bring them into the kitchen with you to enjoy a quick aperitif for the 15 minutes it takes you to whip up this little dish. PS, I think my blood is getting thin living here in Asia. It is 9 degrees C (mid 40’s F) and I am so wishing we had a furnace I could sit on but no such luck. I might have to go out and get one of those little space heaters. Take care

  • Robyn

    PS..I am laughing so hard about the furnace comment! I have a lot of cousins in Michigan and they have had it with winter, lol.

  • Love the title, knew this is my kind of recipe when I read it. Just the dish we need in this part of the USA to warm us. It is currently below zero will warm up to the 20’s F later but more snow is on the way (8-12 inches) on top of what we have accumulated from previous storms. Hoping the snow goes somewhere else.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Norma, I hope your pantry is well stocked and hope this cold spell passes soon. Sending some warmer breezes your way.

      • My fridge, freezer and pantry are well stocked. My fear at the moment is losing electricity, so far all is OK.

  • Your fish curry looks mouth watering!

  • I’m so curious to give this a try!

  • Halibut is my favorite fish! Thank you for a wonderful new recipe 🙂

  • kitchenriffs

    We’re going to hit 46 F later this week, or next week for sure. Can’t wait! It’ll be heatwave compared to what we’ve had most of this year. Anyway, lovely dish. Fish is so perfect for a quick dish like this, because you don’t want to overcook it. I can’t imagine waiting half an hour standing in line to buy dinner — so much easier to make your own! Fun post — thanks.

  • I’m fairly certain when it hits mid 40’s here I will be outside without a coat. It will feel like a heat wave!! I think we’re supposed to hit 40 next week – oh, I can only hope!!!! Your halibut looks great Bam. I know this would go over well here – particularly without the heat for Miss A. I always love new fish recipes too, so this is perfect. (Plus 15 minutes and done…I’m all over it!)

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    Wow, it does sound cold up there – not like Michigan but it’s a lot colder than when I was there. Your halibut curry in a hurry is beautiful. I love cooking with turmeric – really healthy.

    • Bams Kitchen

      I love turmeric too and it is so warming. Hong Kong definitely has nothing compared to the minus zero temps my family and friends has been experiencing in US and Canada. My blood is just getting too thin living in Asia. My eldest sister told me that there is no more room to put the snow when she shovels as it is already taller than she is. That is a lot of snow… Next month in Hong Kong we will be complaining its too hot… so enjoying the cooler weather that you do not stick to your clothes for just a little bit longer. Wishing you a super day!

  • Quick and looks delicious!

  • The colour that turmeric gives is definitely beautiful 😀
    What a delicious looking fish!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • I remember one of my good Indian friend told me. Two main things that cause stomach ulcers in my family are “Hurry” and “Curry.” Of course he was joking or was he? 🙂 I could eliminate the hurry part but I don’t think I could eliminate my weakness for curry dishes. And your halibut flowing with all the yummy sauce is making me so hungry. I hope you are having a beautiful week Bam. 🙂

  • Beautiful BAM. I really approve of the quick dinners. So useful and comforting. I hate it when I get too lazy / tired to cook something and buy take out. Always a downer.

  • I love dishes that can be made in a hurry! This is my kind of meal during the week when I’m rushing to get a meal together after I get home from work! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • It’s hard to believe such a great-looking recipe is so quick to make!

  • Bam, 15 minutes is amazing for such a lovely dinner! I imagine there is quite a bit of rushing around (or at least that’s what I gather when my husband’s family is visiting us from Shanghai…always in a hurry and lots of crowds). I’m a big fan of tilapia and it’s pretty inexpensive so I’m glad you mentioned that it would pair well with your recipe.

  • Very lovely dish! If you add turmeric in the beginning with onions, it will be roasted and give beautiful golden color.

  • The sauce looks divine! I love a good coconut curry…

  • I love seeing quick recipes. They are my favorite. This looks fantastic!

  • wow, look at that georgeous yellow curry color!!!
    i bet this must be deliious….

  • I need to make this delicious curry – IN A HURRY. 🙂

  • I absolutely love fish curry, but do you know I have never tried Halibat, I have heard of it in books though. Thanks for sharing, it looks delicious.

  • In a hurry or not I looks like theres a lot of love placed in that dish, looks so yummy!

  • Curry is one of my weakness. Your recipe sounds amazing, thanks for sharing!

  • I am drooling in front of my computer while scrolling down your pictures! I personally experienced waiting on lines for some popular food spots in HK but I’d also be willing to wait on line for this yellow curry halibut! Such a flavorful dish! Thanks for sharing!

  • I love curry, especially when coconut milk in it! Do you eat like this everyday in your household? I want to move in! Love to try fish in curry. I don’t think I’ve ever tried before and you know how much I love fish! And curry. Looks so good….

  • I love curry and coconut flavor togeher!! I posted a dish last week with these wonderful flavors. This looks amazing!

  • This looks wonderful and I could make it with Tilapia. Great flavors especially since Tilapia needs some help!

  • I wish I could find turmeric here – I swear I have looked at my two local supermarkets but they don’t seem to have it. That curry looks so vibrant !

  • Oh you always make it sound so easy & I thank you for that! I love coconut with fish. I’ve never heard of the benefits of turmeric – wonder if I can get a few gallons of that. I’m worried about your blood thinning…what in the world are you going to do when you come visit? Do they even sell long johns in Hong Kong?

  • Buongiorno, BAM! When you said “in a hurry”, you weren’t kidding! This dish can be prepared in minutes and I bet it’s delicious. I do love halibut and would love to try this recipe. I need to make a trip to the Asian market again. 😉

  • Like others I love Halibut, a very gentle tasting fish (if you see what I mean) so pairing it with gentle curry flavours really works – and I’ve neve rtried it like this before so I’m going to remember your recipe for the next time I see Halibut at the fish market. wishing you a super week x

  • This truly looks sensational. I always crave coconut milk and curries made with it and I do prefer to use the light kind. This is so fast and so good for you while feeling like an absolute treat. Great job!

  • Turmeric is one of my favorite spices. And this recipe sounds just so delicious, I have to try it. Wow, thanks!

  • Oh, I thought it sounded familiar as I started reading! I have made this dish and absolutely love it but it’s been far too long!! This is such a fabulous recipe, Bobbi. Thanks for the reminder – I will make it again soon. New pics are beautiful!

  • What a gorgeous dish with tons of flavor Bobbi. Did not know you could buy lemon grass in a tube, will look for some. Tried to grow some last year with no luck at all. Have a wonderful week. Thanks for sharing.

  • Liz

    Bill steers away from curry, but I’ve finally gotten him to eat halibut. Baby steps. So this looks like a good dish for me to make when he’s out of town next month! Dinner then lunch the next day. I’d be in heaven!

  • I love curry dishes and I like my curry spicy – I may throw a few extra bird’s eye chiles in mine 😉 I’m looking to add more fish into my diet. Being pregnant, I’ve had to cut out all of the sushi I’m used to eating, so finding awesome cooked fish recipes like this are pure gold!

  • We were just talking about making fish curry on Saturday! I am intrigued by the use of maple syrup in your recipe Bobbi 🙂

  • BAM,
    I had to come over to the site to leave a comment. What a delicious looking curry. It is delightful and the ingredients and method read so well.
    Bravo (as ever) from Ireland.

  • Oh Bobbi, this coconut curry dish looks so good…all so well balance…what a great combination of flavors…and yes, I just need a bowl of rice and I am happy!
    Thanks for this tasty recipe…have a wonderful week 🙂

  • This looks amazing Bobbi! I love halibut– and have been loving curries lately too 🙂

  • Love these quick delicious dinners and the fact that it’s halibut is a huge plus! We love halibut and almost all curries, so the combination sounds quite good. And then you went and made it a meal with the squash and greens. Love it!

  • This dish is packed with flavors! I love finding new ways of cooking fish and this one looks absolutely perfect! Pinned!

  • Love easy to cook quick dishes… Looks amazing

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks so much Amira. I think a 15 minute meal with this much flavor is a great idea for everyone with a busy life. We all want to eat healthy but time is always a limitation.

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