Seafood curry

Seafood curry

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(15 ratings)

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


  • 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)



    Asafoetida is a gum from a variety of giant fennel, which naturally has a strong and pungent…

  • 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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VanillaSpice81's picture
20th Aug, 2017
We enjoyed this curry, it was tasty. I used about 35g ginger as 100g sounded too much to me. I of cook curries regularly so although I wanted to add garlic, I didn't, but I think I would next time. I used frozen cooked mussels, frozen cooked king prawns and two packs of frozen fish pie mix containing haddock and salmon. I'm not sure how important it is to thoroughly defrost frozen fish - says 8 hours minimum on the packs - but I did so in much less time then thoroughly cooked it through - didn't seem to affect taste but I'll see if the stomach feels OK tomorrow! I used one green chilli which was perfect for me, a bit of heat but not too spicy, and used napolina tinned tomatoes as I like the rich sauce. Enjoyed with my home made Mauritian pickle which is made from carrot, white cabbage and green beans shredded and pickled with mustard seeds, oil and green chillies. Yum!
28th May, 2017
Followed recipie for curry sauce adding in some garlic and instead of using white fish and salmon just added in seafood medley (mix from supermarket) D E L I C I O U S "restaurant quality" my other half said - have to agree very tasty !
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.


8th Jun, 2015
Can I freeze this? Also what can I use instead of mussels? Prawns?
goodfoodteam's picture
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. 
27th Apr, 2017
I feel a bit bad rating this recipe, since I didn't follow it at all, but I wanted to give people who are interested in the flavours but don't want to put too much effort into it an idea. I just used a frozen 'fruit de mer' pack and some cod. I chopped up the ginger and shallot, instead of blending it. Did use a little less ginger than stated, about 2/3. After frying the ginger, onion, pepper and spices, I added the tomatoes (used 2 cans) and then simmered the fish in the sauce for about 8 minutes. Then added a bit of butter. Turned out great. And super easy too. I ate it without a side dish, didn't feel like I missed anything.
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