Cream Dory Red Fish Curry Recipe

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Let’s make a splash with this flavorful fish curry recipe! As a mom constantly swimming against the current of endless to-do lists, I’m always on the lookout for quick yet crave-worthy meals. This creamy red fish curry starring the much-maligned but never put down – the humble cream dory – is sure to become a staple in your oceanic kitchen adventures.

Imagine succulent, flaky cream dory fillets luxuriating in a velvety, robustly-spiced coconut curry sauce. It’s a tropical getaway in a bowl, transporting your taste buds to an island paradise with each savory, tongue-tingling bite. And the best part? This whole shebang comes together in a mere 30 minutes, making it the perfect catch for those chaotic weeknights when you’re juggling carpool, soccer practice, and the neverending laundry vortex. The secret? McCormick Red Curry Mix. This comes in a ready-to-cook powder, just add coconut milk, and done! No more scraping ginger, pounding lemon grass, and hunting for galangal. Whew.

But wait, there’s more! Not only is this curry a flavor explosion, but it’s also nutritionally sound, packing a serious punch of protein, healthy fats, and essential vitamins and minerals. It’s the culinary equivalent of a superhero cape, giving you the power to tackle whatever the day throws your way while keeping your family well-fed and happy.

So grab your apron and let’s get cooking, mateys! Here’s how to bring this curried masterpiece to life:


  • 1 lb cream dory fillets, cut into chunks
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Mccormick red curry powder
  • 1 can (13.5 oz) coconut milk
  • 1 cup water or fish stock
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish
  • Cooked rice for serving
Cream Dory Red Fish Curry Recipe 1


  1. Cut the dory fillets in chunks then coat with flour.
  2. In a large skillet or wok, heat the oil over medium-high heat and pan-fry the dory carefully until slightly crispy. This step prevents the fish from disintegrating. Set aside.
  3. Add the onion on the same pan and sauté until translucent.
  4. Toss in the garlic and cook for 1 minute more, allowing those aromatic rockstars to really strut their stuff.
  5. Now’s the time to bring on the heat! Stir in the red curry powder and let it sizzle and bloom for 30 seconds, releasing those intoxicating Thai spice blends into the air. Breathe it in, mama!
  6. Slowly pour in the coconut milk and water (or stock), whisking constantly to create a luscious, silky sauce. Add the fish sauce and brown sugar, letting the flavors mingle in sweet, salty, spicy harmony. Allow to simmer for 2 minutes.
  7. Gently add the cream dory chunks and simmer for 2-3 more minutes, or until the fish is coated and heated through. Resist the urge to overcook – you want those fillets to remain tender and flaky.
  8. Remove from heat and add a squeeze of zingy lime juice to brighten up the whole dish.
  9. Garnish with lots of fresh cilantro (unless your kids are among the ¨cilantro tastes like soap¨ camp) and serve over steamed rice for a complete, satisfying meal.

That’s it, mamas! You’ve just created a restaurant-worthy fish curry in the comfort of your kitchen. This fish curry is creamy, fruity, and spicy with a hint of smokiness. Give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back (or celebrate with a sip of soju – you do you).

Now for some seasoned mom wisdom: This fish curry recipe is incredibly versatile and forgiving. Short on time? Skip pan frying and add the fish directly on the red curry sauce . Want to amp up the veggies? Toss in some diced bell peppers, sliced carrots or even a handful of fresh Chinese pechay. Prefer a different protein? Swap the cream dory for shrimp, chicken or tofu. The curry world is your oyster!

But most importantly, don’t stress if your little munchkins turn up their noses at first. Kids can be fickle fish when it comes to new flavors. Just keep serving it with a smile, describing all the tasty ingredients in a fun, engaging way. Before you know it, they’ll be hooked and reeling for more!

So there you have it, my foodie mommshie darlings! A meal that’s easy, nutritious, and tasty enough to become an instant family favorite. Give this cream dory red curry a go and let me know if it managed to reel you in too!

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