Salmon with a Thai Curry Sauce

Salmon with a Thai Curry Sauce
Salmon with a Thai Curry Sauce

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 1

    1

  • pound salmon fillet (preferably wild caught), skin removed

  • 2/3

    2/3

  • cups fruity white wine (like a Sauvignon Blanc)

  • One

    One

  • 1/2-inch thick slice of fresh ginger

  • 2

    2

  • tablespoons lemongrass, chopped into chunks (if you can't find lemongrass, sub a long strip each of lemon peel and lime peel)

  • 1

    1

  • cup plus 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion, divided

  • 2

    2

  • tablespoons coconut or peanut oil

  • 3

    3

  • teaspoons Madras curry powder (not Thai, I know, but it works)

  • 2

    2

  • tablespoons dark brown sugar

  • 1

    1

  • tablespoon grated fresh ginger

  • 3

    3

  • large garlic cloves, minced

  • One

    One

  • 14-ounce can coconut milk

  • 1

    1

  • tablespoon fresh lime juice

  • 1

    1

  • Thai bird's eye or jalapeno pepper, speared in several places with a knife, but left whole (use up to 4 chilis for more heat)

  • 1

    1

  • tablespoon fish sauce (plus more to taste)

  • 1 1/2

    1 1/2

  • cup peas (fresh or frozen will work)

  • Cooked rice or rice noodles for serving

  • Chopped cilantro and mint for garnish

Directions

In a deep stovetop pan that will snugly fit the salmon (you may want to cut the fillet into two pieces), combine the wine with 1 cup water, the slice of ginger, chopped lemongrass, and 2 tablespoons of chopped green onion, plus a good pinch of salt. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a bare simmer. Slip in the salmon and cook until it is just barely cooked (it should be rare in the center). Remove the salmon from the poaching liquid and cut it into approximately 1-inch chunks. Set aside. In a large skillet, heat the peanut or coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the remaining chopped green onion and stir in the curry powder. Cook, stirring, until the curry powder smells toasted, about 3 minutes. Turn the heat down to medium, then stir in the garlic, ginger, and brown sugar. Cook until the garlic is softened, about 2 to 3 minutes. Now stir in the coconut milk, lime juice, hot pepper(s), and fish sauce. Bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to low and simmer the liquid for about 3 minutes. At this point, stir in the salmon chunks, gently breaking up a couple of them into smaller flakes. Cover the pan and cook, still over low heat, for 4 minutes. Uncover, and stir in the peas. Continue to simmer until the peas are just cooked through (3 to 4 minutes for frozen, about 4 to 5 for fresh). Taste and add more fish sauce (or salt) to taste. Serve the salmon and sauce over rice or rice noodles and sprinkle with chopped mint and cilantro to garnish.

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