Spicy Coconut Fish Curry

Spicy Fish Curry _ Nigerian food

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We are starting off the year with a simple 30 minutes supper; there will definitely be more to come. It’s often a balancing act trying to cook delicious meals and keeping up with other demands of life, not to worry though we are here to rescue you with simple, delicious and time conscious meals.

I am a big fan of this dish, it’s straightforward, delicious and it pleases even the pickiest foodies. Try it with your choice of Fish – Tilapia, catfish, croaker, prawns or salmon will work well in this recipe. I am making use of filleted catfish cousin called Basa, if you live in North America you can find Basa or Tilapia fillets frozen at walmart.  Feel free to use unfilleted fish steaks.


  • Fish – 450 grams  – Cleaned and Cut
  • Curry powder- 1 teaspoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1 teaspoon ( Substitute- More curry powder)
  • Coconut oil – 3 Tablespoons (Substitute – Olive or vegetable oil )
  • Onion – Half medium bulb – finely minced
  • Chilli pepper – 2 Medium – finely minced (Substitute – 1 habanera pepper (ata rodo))
  • Tomatoes – 2 medium – Peeled and cubed
  • Coconut milk – 2 cups
  • Maggi – 2 cubes
  • Salt – To taste
  • Ginger powder – ½ Teaspoon
  • All purpose Flour- 1 heaped Tablespoon


  • Season the fish with 1 cube of maggi, salt and ginger power. Set aside to marinate for 15 Minutes or overnight
  • Place a large skillet on medium heat. Heat up the coconut oil. Add in onions and gently fry until slightly brown



  • Add in the turmeric, curry powder and chilli peppers. Fry for two more minutes



  • Add in the coconut milk and left over maggi cube. Bring to a boil over high heat



  • Add in seasoned fish and tomatoes. Reduce heat to medium. Cover and cook for 10-12 minutes



  • Stir gently, taste and adjust for salt
  • Scoop some curry sauce into a bowl, add in the flour and combine well to make a paste. Add the mix into the sauce. stir




  • Simmer on low heat for another 5 minutes to allow the fish soak in the curry flavor

Remove from heat. Serve on rice.

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By |January 20th, 2014|45 Comments


  1. priest September 17, 2017 at 10:03 am - Reply

    Can i use chicken breast in place of the fish

  2. Nma November 7, 2015 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    First of all, THANK YOU! Coming across your website has motivated me to do a li’l more cooking. God bless you. I intend to do this dish tomorrow and have just marinated my fish. Also want to use prawns. Anything i should do differently?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 8, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

      Thanks Nma. Prawns cook very quickly, marinate with the fish but add it in not earlier than 4 minutes before the dish is done.

      • Nma November 14, 2015 at 9:41 pm - Reply

        Thanks. Made this dish last sunday and it was a total hit. Best part is, my son loved it. Next time, I’d add a li’l less flour or even do without as i already loved the thickness before adding flour anyway. Looking to see what to make for lunch today. ;). #pankara for breakkie. Hope it comes out nice. Keep up the good work and have a blessed Sunday.

  3. pat October 22, 2015 at 8:07 am - Reply

    How about using fresh fish instead of frozen?

  4. Lami October 14, 2015 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    This recipe is so nice. Tried it tonight and it’s the easiest curry recipe ever.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 17, 2015 at 8:02 pm - Reply

      whoop whoop. thanks for the feedback.

  5. Ore June 6, 2015 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    I tried making this tonight and it was heavenly. I used a little bit of lime to marinate my fish and I added the marinade to the curry sauce. I love the kick the lime gave to it. I must say thank you for all your hard work. You really inspire a lot of my dishes. My family is always asking me which catering practical are you doing for us tonight?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 9, 2015 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Whoop whoop whoop!! that’s great feedback Ore. Thanks much

  6. Spices Online May 15, 2015 at 4:44 am - Reply

    Best Recipe. I loved it. Thanks for sharing the wonderful recipe with us.

  7. smith's kitchen March 30, 2015 at 3:57 am - Reply

    this was awesome, did it yesterday, its comfort food, my family couldn’t get enough. i must tell you that you inspired a lot of cooking at home. kudos to you..

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 30, 2015 at 8:24 am - Reply

      awww that’s great to hear. thanks for the feedback!

  8. Dee February 11, 2015 at 11:24 am - Reply

    I tried this last night and nailed it!! Hubby and kids loved it. I had everything at home but the flour, so I used Corn starch instead, delicious. I will be treating my oyinbo friends to this. Keep them coming. Thank you xx

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 11, 2015 at 3:16 pm - Reply

      That is awesome! you are welcome anytime

  9. Mimi November 23, 2014 at 8:38 am - Reply

    Thank you for your recipe, tried it and it was wonderful.

  10. catherine September 26, 2014 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Made this dish today n everyone love it at home

  11. Lilian August 20, 2014 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    Hi 9jafoodie …if I am using chicken do i need to boil the chicken separately before adding it to d sauce to boil

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 22, 2014 at 10:08 pm - Reply

      What cut of chicken are you thinking of using? if you are using breast or thigh, I will advice you pan fry it before using.

  12. [email protected] July 11, 2014 at 7:11 am - Reply

    There’s often an incorrect perception that African food is unhealthy. I write articles for the Edible Gold blog for GOLD Restaurant in Cape Town (http://goldrestaurant.blogspot.com/). Love your recipes.

  13. Ruth July 6, 2014 at 11:37 am - Reply

    Hi Dear, can I post your recipes on my website and credit you?
    Thanks and I enjoy trying out all your recipes. good job

  14. Nik June 6, 2014 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I just made this! I want to incorporate more vegetables in my diet so I added spinach. Came out great.

  15. nelly4 June 3, 2014 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Am on it…wish me luck btw am using chicken. Hope my boo gets to celebrate my first pay check from my talent *blushing*

  16. luch April 7, 2014 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Just made it! My fiancé was so scared at first, especially cos I chose to make this on a night he was extremely hungry. Turned out awesome. A welcone change.

  17. Jennifer February 20, 2014 at 9:08 am - Reply

    Look gud,am ganna prepare my to know if its how it looks it taste also but I know it will taste gud.I say big thanks!

  18. tosin February 7, 2014 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Made this tonight. At the sight my mum fled. Lol but it tasted great, my siblings were gushing over it. Thanks

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 9, 2014 at 2:26 pm - Reply

      That’s great to hear. Thanks for the feedback

  19. Al February 6, 2014 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Hi, if I intend to use chicken or beef instead of fish how long do I have to cook them? Also can I use tomato paste instead of fresh tomatoes?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 9, 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

      Tomato paste is too tart, I will just skip adding tomatoes all together in that case. Chicken or beef will take 30-35mins to cook thoroughly.

  20. Mitchell February 5, 2014 at 2:49 pm - Reply

    Thanks Obi! That was really helpful

  21. Obi February 5, 2014 at 10:27 am - Reply

    http://theshiksa.com/2012/04/18/how-to-peel-tomatoes/ I didn’t personally use any cos I was in a rush.

  22. Mitchell February 5, 2014 at 3:29 am - Reply

    Pls 9jaFoodie can I use coconut powder, stir it with hot water n turn it to coconut milk? It’ll be cheaper than real coconut milk methinks. Or d stress of getting coconut milk from real coconuts. Sigh. N what’s d easiest way to peel tomatoes? I’ve never done it

  23. Ibukun February 4, 2014 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Do I have to buy curry sauce to mix with the flour or just curry powder?

  24. Obi February 4, 2014 at 8:21 am - Reply

    I did it!!!! Yay!! Didn’t have ginger powder at home though so added some nutmeg for a different taste. Don’t use maggi/ buillion cubes so used a bit of suya spice I had at home. I didn’t use flour to thicken cos I wanted it a bit runny. Result … a pot of delish sauce that we had with chinese rice.

  25. Anonymous January 31, 2014 at 9:47 am - Reply

    Definitely trying this on sunday thank GOD I already have turmeric

  26. Bode January 23, 2014 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    This looks really good yo.
    Person fit use salmon? dry fish nko?

    I need to step my cooking game up 🙁

  27. Naijamum in London January 22, 2014 at 9:01 am - Reply

    This looks delish
    I love anything like Thai food – lots of coconut flavour
    Added bonus is that this looks pretty straighforward…
    Hope all is well?

    PS – I just discovered a Vietnamese Catfish dish (Ca Kho). It is Catfish braised in a clay pot. If you havent tried it, pls do. It is to-die-for!!!…especially with extra chillies

  28. Luv Saving January 21, 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

    My mouth is watering, must make it this weekend. I’ve been wanting an excuse to buy Turmeric. Thank you

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