Curried Salmon With Spinach

Curried Salmon With Spinach
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This  dish is  inspired  by my childhood.   No there  were no  Salmon in South India, but   fish was  plentiful, as were  Amaranth leaves.  Purple  amaranth was  our  favorite   Mom used  to  make “Cheera thoran” or  stir fried amaranth leaves with coconut .  Amaranth  leaves  are more  nutritious  than  spinach  and  a  meal   with  Cheeera  thoran   and  Fish Curry  will be  what  you  would  call a   complete , balanced  meal !!!

Amaranthus hypochondriacus Prague 2011 2

Isn’t  that a  pretty plant ?  It  is  Amaranth, in the  same  family of  quinoa.  Many  plants in this  family are popular ornamental plants.  The  leaves  and  seed  are  very nutritious, providing  more  calcium  and  iron per  serving  than spinach. Where I live  these  are  sometimes  available in the  Asian  markets  where  as spinach is ubiquitous.

Coming  back to  today’s  dish, it is a  good  combinations  of  vegetables , protein  and   some  spices.   The  good  thing  is  my picky tasters   don’t  even  notice  the  spinach ! Hooray , one  for  mommy 🙂 I have  served  these  over  rice  today , but  thicken the  curry a  bit and  roll inside  a  flatbread   or   thin  a  bit  more  and  serve  in a  bread  bowl 🙂

Here is  the  recipe :

Curried Salmon With Spinach

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 Servings

Curried Salmon With Spinach


Salmon - 500 gm (20 Oz bag)
Frozen Spinach - 200 gm (8 Oz bag)
Coconut Milk - 1 Can (12- 13 oz)
Onions - 1 Medium
Garlic - 3 to 4 pods
Ginger - 1 " Piece
Curry Leaves - A few
Mustard Seeds - 1/2 Tsp
Mild Red Chili Powder - 1 Tsp (To Taste)
Turmeric Powder- 1/2 Tsp
Coriander Powder - 1/2 Tsp
Salt - 1 1/2 Tsp (to taste)
Tomato - 1 medium
Oil - 2 Tbsp


Clean and cut the salmon into 1 inch cubes. Chop the onion, ginger, garlic , tomatoes and chilies into small pieces.

Heat oil in a thick bottomed pan. When the oil is hot add the mustard seeds and let it splutter. Add the ginger, garlic, curry leaves, chilies and the onions. Saute for a few minutes till the onions are soft. Add the spice powders mix and warm for 30 seconds. Add the chopped tomatoes mix cover and let cook for 5 minutes or till the tomatoes soften.

Uncover and add the spinach. Stir fry the spinach for a minute and add the coconut milk (See Notes). Mix and bring to a gentle boil.

Add the salmon. Stir and place the lid back on. Cook for 10 minutes over low heat till the salmon is cooked and flakes easily. Taste and adjust salt and turn off the heat.


If using regular canned coconut milk , do not shake the can . Drain off the clear liquid and add a little fresh warm water to fill the can.

Curried Salmon - Base

We  start the   standard  curry  route.  Saute  chopped  onions, ginger and garlic in 2 tablespoons of  oil for a  minute  or  two. The  green  chilies,  curry leaves  and  mustard  are all optional.   If  you have  these definitely  give   the  mustard  and   curry leaves a  try as  these add a certain  aroma  and  complexity to the   dish.  As  the  onions  cook stir  often. Soften the  onions , but  do not  brown.

Once  the onions  are  softened  add   the  spice  powders  and  salt. Stir  well and  heat  for 30 seconds  until the   spicy aromas  fill the  air.   Add  the  chopped  tomatoes,  mix,  cover,   and  cook  for 3  to 5 minutes  or until  the tomatoes  soften.  Add  the chopped  spinach , fresh or  frozen   and  let  it   cook for a  few  minutes . If  using   fresh  cook till  the  spinach is  wilted  and   is  greatly reduce in  volume.   Add  coconut  milk .  If using  canned , I like  to  skim off  the  cream   and  mix  it   with  enough fresh   warm water  to  make  up  about  1 1/2 to 2  cups.  The  amount of  liquid greatly depends on  how  creamy you would  like  the  curry to be.    Mix  and  bring  everything to a  slow  simmer.

Curried Salmon with Spinach

Add  the  salmon pieces . Cover  and  cook  for  10 minutes  over  low  heat or  until done .

Serve !


Curried Salmon With Spinach

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