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Coconut milk Fish curry

One of the things I love about cooking is that you can transform one ingredient and have it in so many ways. For fish, you can have it fried, stewed, stuffed in bread, made into a patti and so many other different forms. In Kenya, fish is usually fried or stewed unfilleted and in many times whole. I love fish, and to be honest, I can have it which ever way it is served.

Today I made one of the tastiest fish I have ever had. It was filleted and I stewed it in coconut milk, garlic and lemon. Read on to know exactly how this went down:



fish curry ingredients

3 fish fillets

1/2 a cup of coconut milk

4 grated tomatoes

2 green bell peppers

2 finely chopped onions

Juice of 1/2 a lemon

1/2 a teaspoon of black pepper

1/2 a teaspoon of ground ginger

1 tablespoon of ground cumin



Put some vegetable oil in your sufuria and after this is hot, add your bell pepper, onion, garlic, black pepper, cumin and ground ginger. Let this saute for about 3 minutes.

garlic, onion and pepper

Add your tomatoes  and the freshly squeezed lemon juice then let this stay on the heat for about 5 minutes. As this is cooking, cube your fillet into bite-size pieces. If you so wish, you can marinate your fish before cooking it. The best marinade to use is the same on we used here. I wish I did that, but I was short on time.

After that is done, add your fish and coconut milk then mix. You can use coconut milk that is store bought or you can make your own.

adding fish to sauted onions

This cooks really fast. After about 5 minutes it should be through, but this may vary depending on the size of your fillet pieces. Because this cooks fast, it is ideal for week nights and for those impromptu guest we get once in a while.

coconut milk with fish

The nuttiness of the coconut milk goes perfectly with the wholesomeness of the fish. The bell peppers provide a good crunchy texture which contrasts with the tenderness of the fish. This goes absolutely well with ugali, but because it has no bones, it can be tasty with rice too.

Try this, and prepare to be blown away!

Kaluhi 🙂


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  1. Rae

    there are two entries on the cumin to use, which is which?

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Oh, I never realized there was an error. I have just corrected this. One entry was ground ginger and the other was ground cumin. Thank you for notifying me 🙂

      • Rae

        you’re welcome and bless you for the download option you’ve provided

        • kaluhiskitchen

          Anytime 🙂 🙂

  2. Nina

    When do I use the lemon? I may have missed it…

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Together with the tomatoes.

  3. Beatty

    Any dish other than beans,githeri matoke na fish I can cook with coconut milk/cream

    • kaluhiskitchen

      Rice. Maandazi. Salads. If I think of more I will let you know.

  4. D.od

    Made this today, absolutely loved it!!

    • kaluhiskitchen

      I need to make this again too! The photography here was awful though 😀 😀

  5. Donna

    Tried and recommended. Thanks Kaluhi

  6. Gloria

    Thank you for the great lessons. Can i try this with dry fish?

    • kaluhiskitchen


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