Super Easy Curry Fish Fillet

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Curried fish fillet

Curried fish fillet

I cook fish very often. It’s very easy to cook and very healthy too. Fish has very little fat and if it has, it is a good source of Omega-3 oil and Vit D, especially salmon and trout. This is another super easy fish dish which my family likes very much. I think you can have your meal in 10 minutes even if you are very slow. Fish is very easy to cook. You only need about 10 minutes to pan fry it, maybe even less, depending on the thickness of the fish fillet.

Sometimes when I think of how much I like fish, I asked myself why didn’t I become a fisherman, or rather a fisherwoman? I bet there’s none that’s why there’s no such word as ‘fisherwoman’. Maybe I should have done that to be the first fisherwoman! Who knows I would have gone down into the Guinness Book of Records!…hehe.

But tell you, I did go for a lot of fishing at the river when I just graduated. While waiting for jobs, I went fishing with my boyfriend (now my husband and also waiting for jobs at that time) and my brother almost everyday at the wharf under the hot sun. We would climb onto a boat and put down the lines to fish. We got quite a lot of fish, mostly about a foot long, and fresh river prawns. I didn’t know that we can fish prawns! My brother taught me that. We had fresh fish and prawns in every fishing trip.

Then one day, my ‘future’ mother-in-law was HORRIFIED when she took a closer look at me. I was SO DARK! I could qualify for an African easily….haha….except that my teeth were not so sparkly white. You know the Malaysian weather… and humid all year round. Wedding was quite near. She would love to see her ‘daughter-in-law’ fair and beautiful. Looks like I was for exhibition. But too bad, I had turned out to be her ugly duckling. I was amused and secretly happy but she wasn’t at all. I thought I looked like a real black beauty! I bet she would have bleached me if she could. She must have breathed a huge sigh of relief when her son and I soon got our jobs and there ended our fishing trips…sadly.

In fact, each time I cook salmon, I just dream that the salmon was caught by me! How cool would that be. And if I see salmons jumping in the water, I wish I could jump in and catch one. Well, maybe I should just give up dreaming and get an aquarium. But then, will the fish survive? I think they will eventually end up in my frying pan! If you have never gone fishing, I think you really miss out one of the most fun things in life. It’s just such fun and thrill when finally a fish bites!!

I think I better stop talking about fishing. It will be endless. Ok, back to my fish dish. I love curries, whether dry type or with gravy. You can use any type of curry powder. I prefer Malaysian curry powder which you can easily get from Asian shops. It has a good balance of spices.

There’s very few ingredients used. Here’s my super easy and fast curry fish fillet recipe.

2 pieces of fresh river cobbler
some curry powder
some chilli powder (optional)
some finely ground sea salt
corn flour to coat

Coat fish with curry seasoning and corn flour

Coat fish with curry seasoning and corn flour

Rub some salt on both sides of the fillets. Mix some chilli powder to the curry powder and sprinkle over it, rubbing gently all over both sides of the fillet. Then sprinkle cornflour over the fillet, again on both sides. Pat it so that it sticks to the fillets. Leave to marinade for a while if you like or you can fry it straight away.

Pan fry the fish fillets

Pan fry the fish fillets

Heat up some oil in a non-stick pan and pan fry the fish fillets until both sides are golden in colour. Dish up and serve hot with rice, potatoes or even noodles. You don’t need to deep fry these fillets. Just 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil is good enough especially if you use a non-stick pan. Use medium fire to fry.

This dish may not be suitable for kids because it’s a little spicy. But you can use less curry powder for a very mild taste, or even just turmeric powder which will not be spicy at all and yet healthy.

Other fish recipes that you may be interested in:
Teriyaki Salmon
Spicy Salmon Fillets
Chili Salmon With Hot Bean Paste
Salmon And Asparagus Stir Fry
Spicy Salmon On Spinach
Salmon In Hot Sambal Sauce
Healthy Miso Wild Alaskan Salmon
Malaysian Curry Fish Laksa

Other curry recipes that you may be interested in:
Fast And Easy Malaysian Chicken Curry
Baked Chicken Curry
Tandoori Chicken And Nan
Spiral Chicken Curry Puffs (Part 2 - Pastry)
Spiral Chicken Curry Puffs (Part 1 - Filling)

There are many more fish recipes at my Recipes section.

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divya  on February 27th, 2011

Wow…looks very colorful and tempting fish fry…

busygran  on February 27th, 2011

Mary, your fishing experience reminds me of mine. I just gave up fishing 3 years ago. So now I’m ‘fairer’. LoL!
It’s a good way to have curry fish without the gravy! Interesting!

Ginny Hartzler  on February 27th, 2011

This looks delicious!!! I didn’t know you could fish for prawn!! I’ve never heard of such a thing!

suituapui  on February 27th, 2011

Yum! I think I would love that…a lot. Love fish!

Swathi  on February 28th, 2011

This is delicious meal. you make delicious dishes.

skip to malou  on February 28th, 2011

haha mary i can tell that you love fish by the way you talk about fishing! love your story/stories though.. it would be good to talk about your fishing adventures by eating your curry fish..

penny aka jeroxie  on February 28th, 2011

You sure love your fish!

LeQuan  on February 28th, 2011

Oh Mary, that was too funny about your mother in-law. The bleaching part gave me a good laugh. They need to invent something like that. I mean, they have tanning salons, why not de-tanning salons? To be honest though, I’d probably be more interested in catching those yummy prawns :-P. I have a confession. I have a fear of handling fish. I always buy fillet so I don’t have to touch their scaly skin (blush). I mean, I have no problems beheading shrimp and prawns, but I cannot stand to touch fish skin? For a seafood fanatic like me, that’s so shameful.
Loving your simple curry fish fillet. The cornstarch sure helps to add that perfect extra crunch doesn’t it? Great suggestion on using turmeric powder instead. Cannot wait until my kiddies are fully chili trained. Before I know it, I’ll bet they’ll be eating more chili than me and stealing my dishes at restaurants while grinning away like a little monkey ;-). Haha.

Mary  on February 28th, 2011

@divya - Thanks very much, Divya! :D

@busygran - Wow….you went for lots of fishing??? I should have followed you! :D I just can’t get fair even here in Scotland, a place with little sun. Actually I love to be dark. Makes me feel healthy…hehe

@Ginny Hartzler - I didn’t know that, too, until my brother taught me. the prawns were so fresh and delicious…mmmm :D

@suituapui - Hey, you go fishing there. Lots of fish in the Rejang River. But not sure whether they are too polluted to eat. Maybe just for fun :D

@Swathi - Thanks very much, Swath! :D

@skip to malou - Yes, I love fishing. Hope to go for more fishing when hubby retires. I need to bribe him :P

@penny aka jeroxie - Yes, I do :D

@LeQuan - Oh, if there’s such a thing as de-tanning salon, my mother-in-law would made many appointments for me I’m sure…..haha. You know each time I go back for holidays, she thinks I look really beautiful because I look quite fair (actually not). But then within a couple of days, I would be all dark again….good for me. I purposely went out to get dark. I need Vit D!!!! Sssshhhh…don’t tell her :P And oh, never go fishing alone. You need guys with you. See I had 2 with me. I only fish and enjoy the thrill. They put the bait and remove the fish and prawns :D By the way, my friend’s son started eating bird’s eyed chillies when he was 2!!! I wonder how she trained him. She said she also doesn’t know. He just picked it up! I think he deserves a place in the Guineas Book of Records.

Cook.Bake.Love  on February 28th, 2011

What a coincident! I made curry fish fillet last night for dinner but mine is baked version. Urs look very good, the skin is so smooth and nice. I think I should cost with some cornflour next time. My marinade is very much the same except I added some black pepper and minced garlic. :)

anncoo  on February 28th, 2011

hahaa Mary, Love your story :) Your MIL sounds cute. I don’t mind to be black beauty if I can :) I remember I went fishing too with my neighbors when I was a teenager and it was really fun.
Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe.

Suman Singh  on February 28th, 2011

easy and delicious meal..looks yummy!

Little Inbox  on February 28th, 2011

Hmm…the fish fillet must be really flavorful. Curry flavor, I love it!

Belinda @zomppa  on February 28th, 2011

You belong in the waters!!! =) I love curried…anything really, but this looks super flavorful.

Priya  on February 28th, 2011

YUmm, irresistible fish fillet, yumm!

Sommer@ASpicyPerspective  on February 28th, 2011

That sounds delicious! Great idea!

Cheah  on February 28th, 2011

Mary, I enjoyed your story. Fishing trips sound so much fun, never experienced before. Guess I won’t like it in our weather. Your fish dish looks super easy to make and bet it tastes good.

5 Star Foodie  on February 28th, 2011

The fish sounds very flavorful with chilli and curry powders, an excellent preparation!

aipi  on February 28th, 2011

This sounds like a perfect meal..loved the combo of spices you used :)

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Anna's Table  on February 28th, 2011

Mary, thanks for visiting my blog and taking the time to comment. It doesn’t get any better than freshly caught fish. I love the simplicity of your recipe. When you have such fresh ingredients you don’t need to get complicated to have a fantastic dish. I just joined as a follower and look forward to sharing recipes. Have a wonderful week.

claire  on February 28th, 2011

I am sure your MIL is now very proud of her “dark” daughter-in-law! Such a good cook and all.. i wish my sons can get wives who love cooking and inviting me to go and taste them each time… hahaha…

Mary  on February 28th, 2011

@Cook.Bake.Love - Great minds think alike! :D I would love to add garlic next time too.

@anncoo - I wish I can still go fishing everyday. You can join me :D And then, every meal will be fish…haha

@Suman Singh - Thanks very much, Suman! :D

@Little Inbox - Yes, it’s very tender and delicious :D

@Belinda @zomppa - Haha…I should be called a kingfisher! :D

@Priya - Thanks very much, Priya! :D

@Sommer@ASpicyPerspective - Thanks very much! :D

@Cheah - Yes, it’s so much fun. Ask your hubby to take a day off and go fishing :D Wear a BIG hat.

@5 Star Foodie - Thanks very much, Natasha! :D

@aipi - Thanks very much, Aipi! :D

@Anna’s Table - You are most welcome, Anna! Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment :D

@claire - My MIL? She doesn’t really get the chance to eat my food…too far away. But she can see the pictures though if someone at home helped her…hehe. Claire, God will answer your prayers for great daughter-in-laws that cook very well :D

Julie M.  on February 28th, 2011

We are huge fans of fish in this house as well. One of the best parts about it, like you said, is how quickly and easily it cooks up! I always have filets on hand for the nights when I want a quick healthy meal without all the effort. Love, love fish and this curried version looks delicious!

Cooking Gallery  on February 28th, 2011

I’ve got some fish fillets in my freezer and was already wondering what I should do with them, now you give me some ideas…Curry fish sounds delicious :D)!

Namitha  on February 28th, 2011

That’s a super simple and easy way to make a great fish dish :-)

tigerfish  on February 28th, 2011

Salmon and trout are the two fishes we have at home, quite regularly. I like the simple spiced seasoning for your curry fish fillet :) …almost like tandoori fish fillet.

Ivy  on February 28th, 2011

Mary, you will be jealous to hear that here in Greece there are some professional fisherwomen, so you may want to move to Greece. The fish fillets sound delicious and next time I shall use corn flour instead of flour to coat the fish.

Sarah Naveen  on February 28th, 2011

that looks so yumm!!!

teresa  on February 28th, 2011

so yummy! i love fish and I love curry, so this would be a hit in my house.

Zibi  on February 28th, 2011

I’d love to try this seasoning on the mackerel we bought last weekend, it sounds great Mary!

Simply Life  on February 28th, 2011

I really need to start cooking with fish more! I’m always worried it will stink up the house (my husband hates the smell!)- any tips?

peteformation  on February 28th, 2011

Wah, this one eat with a little sambal belachan, nice leh!

LeQuan  on February 28th, 2011

Mary, you truly are beautiful, inside and out. When my kids are your kids’ ages, I’d be thrilled to look as good as you! Beauty really does shine from the inside out, you’re perfect proof :-). No I could never go fishing without people doing the dirty work for me. Haha. I will shriek if a worm ever touched me. Such a girlie girl sometimes. Two years old?! Wow! K ate a chili at two also, but that was by accident. Oops.

foodsiluv  on February 28th, 2011

Sounds super delicious!

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit  on February 28th, 2011

This fish looks so good! Hubby and I are trying to eat fish at least once a week- I’ve never made it with curry though. We’ll try it! I love to eat fish but I don’t like to catch and clean them. :)

Christine @ Fresh Local and Best  on February 28th, 2011

This recipe is so simple and delicious! I’ll have to try it. I’m not sure why people subject others to such beauty standards, why in America, you would be envied for your healthy tan.

Katerina  on March 1st, 2011

I try to feed my family with fish as much as possible. this is such a nice way to make it. i am sure they will love it!

Anna Johnston  on March 1st, 2011

Beautiful combination of flavours Mary, I love fish too & eat it at least a couple of times a week, so I’m looking forward to making this :)

Dimah  on March 1st, 2011

Oh, it sounds and looks fantastic!

Joanne  on March 1st, 2011

I love easy and I love curry so this sounds perfect to me!

peachkins  on March 1st, 2011

it looks super delicious too

Rochelle (Acquired Taste)  on March 1st, 2011

Sounds like a great fish dish! I love curried just about anything. I’m not sure what river cobbler is but I’m sure I can find a fish that will work just as well.

Olive  on March 1st, 2011

I enjoyed reding your post..I tried fishing once but only in the fish pond in the farm…it was a lot of fun, oh but I don’t like cleaning fish, thank goodness for fish fillet :)

your curry fish looks delicious, btw! :)

kristy  on March 1st, 2011

Mary, you make me laugh al th eway down! haha… And still can’t stopped laughing. Gosh, are you really that dark? Just imagine by wearing that white gown. ha… No wonder your MIL wanted to bleach you! I only learned fishing after I met my hubby. Oh yes, he’s the fishing guy. He loves fishing so much. He prefer fresh water fishing, not so risky! How come you’re not afraid of ‘buaya’???? So dangerous fishing in Sarawak rivers, you know!
Hope you’re having a great day. And stay in touch.
Blessings, Kristy

Tasty Trix  on March 1st, 2011

There must certainly be fisherwomen! And you and your husband should go fishing some weekend for fun! Your dish looks yummy.

Mary  on March 1st, 2011

@Julie M. - Thanks very much for visiting and lovely comment. I also cook fish when I want a quick meal :D

@Cooking Gallery - Have fun cooking! You will have more time to relax :D

@Namitha - Thanks very much, Namitha! :D

@tigerfish - Thanks very much! :D

@Ivy - Oh wow….you make me feel like packing and moving there! If only my hubby will follow :P

@Sarah Naveen - Thanks very much. Sarah! :D

@teresa - Thanks very much, Teresa! :D

@Zibi - Have fun cooking :D

@Simply Life - One way to get rid of the smell is to burn a fragrant candle. Another way is to boil vinegar with a few slices of lemon added. Put it under very low boil. Of course the other way is to bake the fish. Lastly cook outside the house :D

@peteformation - Oh yes, now you make me drool! I need sambal :D

@LeQuan - Awww….thanks lots for your sweet compliment. Not there yet :D I’m asking Sharon to do a real makeover for me. We r going to have fun. I’m her guinea pig. Hope I don’t turn out to look like a monkey…LOL I will not scream to touch worms but the feeling is just not nice. Oh, my girl screams when she sees a spider, even a tiny little one, that probably needs a microscope to see…haha :D

@foodsiluv - Thanks very much! :D

@Betty @ scrambled hen fruit - Just buy the ready fillets…solve all the problem. I never like to clean fish, too. It’s easy here but not back home in Malaysia. Have fun cooking :D

@Christine @ Fresh Local and Best - I think there’s too much promotion of the celebrities that raise a wrong standard. I’m happy with my skin colour :D Need more sun here though.

@Katerina - Yes, fish is good. My girls only eat fish cooked in certain ways and this is one of their favourites :D

@Anna Johnston - Hope you like this one. Have fun cooking :D

@Dimah - Thanks very much Dimah! :D

@Joanne - Thanks very much, Joanne! :D

@peachkins - Thanks very much, Peachkins! :D

@Rochelle (Acquired Taste) - We share similar favourite…curry! :D This one will work on any fresh fish. Give a try, Rochelle. Have fun cooking!

@Olive - We really should go fishing together. Would be so fun! We have to bribe our husbands to come along…to help with the fish…hehe :P

@kristy - Haha…..that’s show cute my mother-in-law is! :D She’s always concerned abt my look while I’m not. Yes, you can imagine my dark skin in contrast to the white wedding gown. But she’s so thankful that I ‘whiten’ up a bit after I started working…haha. Buaya?? The river is always so busy with lots of boats moving around. I’m sure that frightens away any crocodiles :D You are so lucky to get fresh fish every time. Your hubby must be very skilled in fishing. I want to visit you to go fishing! :D

@Tasty Trix - Yes, I just learned from Ivy that there are lots of fisherwomen in Greece. I want to move there :D Yes, still trying to bribe my hubby to go fishing here in Scottish waters.

Uncle lee  on March 1st, 2011

Hi Mary, women like you don’t grow on trees.
As well under different circumstances, very dangerous to bachelors.
One bite of this curry fish filet, its habis cherita! Ha ha.

When I was a bachelor, my mom, relatives and busybody aunties warned me about women….but nobody warned me about women who can cook!
And there I was fooling around, not knowing or suspecting a lady was secretly learning about my favourite Nyonya dishes….

And the rest is history. I got caught kwali, ladle and all, ha ha.
You sure are very good, Mary.
Have fun, keep well.
Drop by if free.

lisaiscooking  on March 1st, 2011

I do love fish too, but I’m not patient enough to catch them myself! The curry and chile powder sound great with this.

lena  on March 1st, 2011

hi mary, sometimes i cook mackarel fish just like the way you cooked this, simple,fast and tasty too! I never been to fishing and never thought of that too, thought it maightbe boring for me but i heard from those who like fishing, it’s almost like addictive..yeah, those people are really tan!

sweetlife  on March 1st, 2011

I am sure you would make a wonderful fisherwomen…lovely story..we love fish in my home and your recipe will surely satisfy our taste! have a great week!


Juliana  on March 1st, 2011

Mary, love the “super easy”, and indeed it is super easy and must taste super fantastic…I will definitely try this fish. Have a great week ahead :-)

pigpigscorner  on March 1st, 2011

Almost everyone loves the “fair” look in Malaysia..hehe. The fish looks so good! Simple and healthy!

Sarah, Maison Cupcake  on March 1st, 2011

I don’t know why I’ve never thought to coat a fish fillet with curry sauce and flour like this, I really love the look of it. Great idea Mary!

Olivia  on March 1st, 2011

I love cooking fish too as it’s so quick and tasty. This curried fish looks lovely. Such a simple idea X

Light Delight with TouTou  on March 1st, 2011

hahaha you don’t have to be fisherman to love fish! I have never try curry fish ! this is a great idea :-)

Jeannie  on March 1st, 2011

Less splattering and less oil used as compared to deep frying, one of the reasons why I seldom cook fish. I must try this! Looks so delicious!

Mary  on March 4th, 2011

@Uncle lee - Haha…love your description. No worry, I’m in full armour everyday with a big badge that says, ‘No Fishing!’, especially when I cook for guy friends…haha. I’m sure guys know how to read those 2 words, right? Well, my dad never told me that. But definitely cooking was not my best weapon when I first met my husband. He was horrified when we got married just to find out that I didn’t even know how to make a good omelette and that my family doesn’t drink soup with meals….haha. He had no choice but to drink plain water :P He looks happy these days so I guess food works LOL :D

@lisaiscooking - You really miss something that’s fun. Never mind, I fish and you cook :D

@lena - Yes, it’s addictive. If not for my job, I would have been fishing until today…..haha. Give a try one day. bring your girl along. She would enjoy it I’m sure :D

@sweetlife - Haha….a fisherwoman…still dream about it :D

@Juliana - Thanks very much, Juliana! Have fun cooking :D

@pigpigscorner - Thanks very much, Ann. I’m definitely not one of those beautiful ones in Malaysia because of my skin…only in my own eyes :D

@Sarah, Maison Cupcake - Give a try. It’s very simple, easy and quick to cook :D

@Olivia - Thanks very much, Olivia. Have fun cooking :D

@Light Delight with TouTou - Haha……fishing is just for fun…thrill :D

@Jeannie - Thanks very much, Jeannie! Have fun cooking :D

tasteofbeirut  on March 21st, 2011

Love that easy curried fish and your stories of fishing with your fiancé and the looks of the mother-in-law, too funny. I am not able to look at a fish squirming and then kill it, not for me.

mycookinghut  on March 28th, 2011

Lovely! I love fish too! I saw river cobblers at Tesco and bought once and I think they are nice!

ecedman  on July 8th, 2012

If you love salmon, you need to visit northern Sweden. The province I come from is Salmon country.
I went to a salmon feast in the town of Ljusne. I did not know you could prepare that many dishes from this one fish. Yes, I tried most of them. Also, in that part of the country, you do not invite guests to dinner if you are serving salmon. That is like serving meatloaf or something equally everyday food.

Mary  on July 9th, 2012

@tasteofbeirut - Me, too…just not able to kill a live fish. see, that’s why we are not fisherwomen….haha :D

@mycookinghut - Thanks very much for sharing! :D

@ecedman - Thanks very much for visiting and your lovely comment! Sweden is just one country that is on my list o visit. Heard it’s a very nice place to visit. Really interesting to know the culture. I will be most delighted if they serve me salmon :D

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