Slow-Cooker Indian-Style Fish Curry

slow cooker indian style fish curry
Photo: Stephen Kent Johnson
4 to 6 Serves

The best part about making curry in a slow cooker? No stirring! Give it a couple of hours to thicken and to let the flavors meld, then add your favorite white fish 20 minutes before serving. This recipe appears in our cookbook "Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker" (Clarkson Potter).


  • ½ cup flaked unsweetened coconut

  • 2 serrano chiles, sliced (ribs and seeds removed for less heat, if desired)

  • 1 teaspoon whole coriander seeds

  • ½ onion, coarsely chopped

  • 1 inch fresh turmeric, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon fenugreek seeds

  • 1 tablespoon mild curry powder

  • Kosher salt

  • 2 cans (13.5 ounces each) unsweetened coconut milk

  • 2 pounds firm white-fish fillets, such as cod or halibut, cut into 2-to-3-inch pieces

  • Fresh cilantro, for serving


  1. Preheat a 5-to-6-quart slow cooker. Combine coconut, chiles, coriander seeds, onion, turmeric, ginger, garlic, tamarind, cumin, fenugreek, curry powder, and 1 teaspoon salt in a food processor; puree until a paste forms.

  2. Transfer to a saucepan, add coconut milk, and bring to a boil. Transfer coconut mixture to slow cooker. Cover and cook on high until slightly thickened, 2 hours (or on low 4 hours).

  3. Season fish with salt and add to slow cooker, submerging in curry sauce. Cook on low until fish is flaky but not falling apart, about 20 minutes. Serve, sprinkled with cilantro.

Cook's Notes

Recipe reprinted from "Martha Stewart's Slow Cooker: 110 Recipes for Flavorful, Foolproof Dishes (Including Desserts!), Plus Test-Kitchen Tips and Strategies from the Kitchens of Martha Stewart Living." Copyright 2017 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Penguin Random House LLC.

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