Seafood curry

Seafood curry

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Prep: 10 mins Cook: 35 mins


Serves 4
Packed with salmon, mussels and prawns, try this impressive yet authentic seafood curry

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal507
  • fat37g
  • saturates12g
  • carbs9g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre1g
  • protein19g
  • salt0.7g
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  • 75g ghee (you can substitute with margarine)



    The Indian version of clarified butter (ie a butter that has had its milk solids removed, making…

  • 300g skinless white fish like pollack, cut into large chunks
  • 200g skinless salmon, cut into large chunks



    With its delicate, sweet flesh and wide availability, salmon is one of the most popular fish.…

  • 200g raw peeled prawn



    There are thousands of different species of prawn, but tiger, king and North Atlantic are the…

  • 100g mussels, cleaned and de-bearded



    Once regarded as the poor relation of the shellfish family because of their small size and…

For the curry sauce

  • 1 onion, roughly chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 100g ginger, chopped



    Mainly grown in Jamaica, Africa, India, China and Australia, ginger is the root of the plant. It…

  • 50ml vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp garam masala
    Garam masala

    Garam masala

    gar-am mah-sarl-ah

    Meaning 'warming spice mix', garam masala is the main spice blend used in North Indian…

  • ½ tsp asafoetida (if you have it)



    This is a gum from a variety of giant fennel, which naturally has a horrid and offensive smell,…

  • 1 tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped (leave the seeds in if you like it really hot)
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • good handful coriander leaves


  1. For the curry sauce, whizz the onion and ginger together to a purée. Heat the oil in a large pan until smoking. Add the garam marsala and sizzle for 30 secs, then add the onion and ginger purée, reduce the heat and slowly cook for 5 mins. Add the remaining spices, fry for 1 min, stir in the chilli and fry for another min, then add the tomatoes and a good pinch of salt and grind of pepper, and stir well. You can do this way in advance, then just throw the curry together on the night – the sauce will freeze or keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

  2. To make the curry, melt a third of the ghee in a large pan. Cook the white fish for 2-3 mins until lightly browned, then set aside on a plate. Repeat this process with the salmon and prawns, adding another third of ghee each time. For the mussels, heat a medium-sized saucepan on a high heat. Add the mussels with 2 tbsp of water, cover tightly with a lid, and steam for 3-4 mins, shaking the pan every so often. Drain and set aside with the other seafood.

  3. Bring the sauce to the boil, stir the fish and mussels in gently, bring to the boil again, then remove from the heat and leave for 3-4 mins – the fish will finish cooking in the heat from the sauce. Add the coriander leaves and serve with Spiced rice and Carrot & cumin salad (see 'Goes well with' on the right of this page).

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15th Feb, 2015
I love Indian food and I have made quite some curries. I followed the recipe exactly and I thought the curry was reasonable. The ghee makes the curry quite rich and it lacks that depth of flavour that one would usually expect from a curry, but it was not a bad meal at all.
27th Oct, 2013
After reading all the comments, I used less than half the amount of ginger, about 30/40 grams, which was ample, if you ask me. Used about 1lb cod and 200g prawns, didn't have ghee, so used about 30g butter instead. I added a few spoonfuls of low fat creme fraiche at the start of step 3, as I felt the sauce would be a bit too spicy for my daughter; but that's a matter of taste. Lovely curry, and the 3 of us finished it all, with pilau rice and some garlic naan! Will definitely make again.
15th Jul, 2012
loved this recipe. You don't have to add all of the seafood. Use what you have. It tasted fabulous. Why pay to eat out!
11th Jul, 2012
I find if a curry is bitter i use a tsp of sugar and a good squirt of tomato ketchup to sweeten it it up a bit and reduce the ginger a bit sometimes to much garlic can make it a bit bitter also i know garlic wasnt mentioned here but i would still add some maybe 1 clove I am going to try this recipe soon hopefully.
31st Jan, 2012
I really enjoyed this recipe. I have recommended it to freinds
11th Jan, 2012
You were right Estelle, 100g of ginger was way too much - is it a typo?!. Left an overpowering taste of ginger. Love John Torode but won't be cooking this one again.
15th Oct, 2011
Will cook this in a few days as it looks v easy and tasty. Using ghee makes the curry very rich, possibly too rich. When I lived in India the cook used ghee very spareingly.
13th Oct, 2011
To Ruth, Don't give up on Good Food curries. Have you tried The Ultimate Makeover: Chicken tikka masala? Recipe No. 786679. As near to the real deal as you will get, I think.
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26th Sep, 2011
This sounds wonderful, I have a pack of mixed frozen seafood (king prawns, mussels and squid) so i will give this a go. I really love all bbcgoodfood curries recipes, they always turn out lovely, and John Torodes recipes have also never failed me, so i trust this 100%. I would add some veggies to this simply because we have so much growing. I think an addition of sliced red pepper, diced squash, browned off in a frying pan before adding to stop them going mushy, spinach (chard) and some new potatoes. It will a bit like a one pot seafood curry served with chunky tear and share bread.
11th Sep, 2011
Made this last night (with a few slight alterations), halved the quantities (it was plenty for two) and we found it quite delicious. Couldn't get ghee, so used ordinary butter, used a pack of "fish pie mix" from the supermarket instead of the white fish & salmon, used frozen, cooked mussels without their shells and langoustine IN their shells ... but it still worked pretty well. Also made John's carrot & cumin salad, which he recommends as an accompaniment in the Sept magazine.


8th Jun, 2015
Can I freeze this? Also what can I use instead of mussels? Prawns?
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16th Jul, 2015
Hi, thanks for getting in touch. Absolutely fine to up the quantity of prawns and leave out the mussels, if you wish. We haven't tested freezing this recipe so cannot guarantee perfect results but would suggest it's probably best not to as it is likely to spoil the texture of the fish when reheated. Hope this helps. Let us know how you get on. 
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