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One-Pot Coconut Curry with Blackened Salmon | Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Paleo

by Capri Lilly

Perfectly seasoned blacked salmon submerged in a rich homemade coconut curry sauce, sprinkled with basil and served over rice. This One-Pot Coconut Curry with Blackened Salmon is a delicious, effortless gourmet meal!

Want an easy curry recipe? A curry recipe that can be made in minutes, instead of hours. A curry recipe that is healthy, paleo, whole30, and just absolutely delicious? Try this simple curry recipe. It is completely vegan, which gives you the option to later add whatever you like whether that is vegetables, fish, or meat. In this recipe, I’ve spiced it up and added Blackened Salmon to my curry sauce and it was EPIC. Try this one-pot curry dish. In less than an hour, you have a full-on, effortless, gourmet meal. 

How to Blacken Salmon? 

To begin this recipe, you must first prepare the salmon. Blackening salmon simply involves seasoning the salmon generously with a mixture of spices and then saute it on each side until a delectable golden crust emerges. It’s so simple but packs a TON of mouthwatering flavor. I have blackening salmon down to a science now and I find it best when I make my own seasoning mixture.  

Here’s the seasoning blend I use to blacken my salmon: 

 

1 tsp crushed black pepper 

1 tsp Himalayan salt 

2 tsp Italian seasoning 

1 tsp chili powder 

1 tsp oregano 

1/2 tsp red crushed pepper 

1 tsp paprika 

2 tsp garlic powder 

1/2 tsp parsley 

What is the easiest way to make curry sauce?

Curry Sauce seems to be one of those intimidating foods. It is one that appears overly complicated, but when you actually make it from scratch you learn how easy it is to make. Curry has become a staple in my recipe book. It’s my easy go-to, especially when I am having friends for dinner and I want something that will be incredibly satisfying but not ridiculously consuming to make. 

What brings curry sauce to life are the aromatics: the garlic, ginger, and onion. Starting the sauce by caramelizing onions, adding savory garlic, and finishing with pungent ginger, is essential to creating the best curry sauce. 

After preparing the aromatic, the seasoning is the next key step. I keep it very simple with my seasonings for the curry, because curry seasoning has enough flavor on its own. How you prepare the curry seasoning is the most crucial step. After you saute the onions, garlic, and ginger, you add the curry seasoning, along with dried ginger and turmeric, and you saute it directly on the pan for 1-2 minutes. At this point, the aromas of the dish should have your place smelling incredible. 

 
 
 
 

I also make my curry sauce Thai style by using coconut milk as the base for my sauce. I love the creamy, luscious taste of coconut in my sauce. It gives the curry sauce the perfect shade of yellow/orange and gives it a subtle, yet robust taste. 

Optional add-ons to your Curry Sauce

I love eggplant and believe nothing is better than eggplant in curry sauce. If you like eggplant too its a wonderful addition to your sauce. I have tried multiple ways to prepare the eggplant, either cutting it into cubes and baking it for 25 minutes or saute it on the pan with the aromatics for 10-15 minutes. Both ways work and turn out delicious in the curry. If you bake it, simply add it back after pouring in the broth and coconut milk. 

Lemongrass is also great in curry. To properly use lemongrass you must cut along the bottom 4 inches and peel the first couple layers before using. Then you can finely chop the lemongrass and add it to the aromatics, cooking it for 2-3 minutes. It will add a light citrusy flavor to the sauce.

Basil is a must. I add basil after adding the coconut cream and broth and I save just a bit to sprinkle on top of the curry when it is finished. I add a ton of basil, simply because it makes the curry sauce taste oh so incredible. 

You can add your favorite vegetables, fish, or meat to the curry. I would recommend par-cooking the meat or fish first so that it can finish cooking later in the sauce. (Par-cooking means to cook the food partially so that later it can finish cooking). 

What to eat your curry dish with?

Now that you have this flavorsome sauce, what are you going to eat it with? Rice! Coconut Curry goes extremely well over a bowl of basmati rice. However, let’s say you are looking for a low-carb option, then cauliflower rice is perfect too! I show three different ways to make cauliflower rice in an easy to follow video tutorial.

 
 

Want to Try another One-Pot Salmon Dish? Check out my Blackened Salmon with a Creamy Mushroom Sauce (dairy-free)!

One-Pot Coconut Curry with Blackened Salmon- Dairy-Free!

Try this simple curry recipe. It is completely vegan, which gives you the option to later add whatever you like whether that is vegetables, fish, or meat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Sauce or Marinade, Soup
Cuisine: American, Healthy Options
Keyword: curry with blackened salmon, dairy-free curry sauce, easy curry recipe
Servings: 6
Calories: 464kcal

Ingredients

Blackening Seasoning

  • 1 tsp Crushed Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Red Crushed Pepper
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Parsley
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 tbsp ghee, melted

Coconut Curry Sauce

  • 1 Medium White Onion, diced
  • 4 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Ginger, minced
  • 3 tbsp Red Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 1 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 20 oz Coconut Milk (full fat, canned)
  • 3/4 cups Vegetable Broth
  • 1 cup Fresh Spinach
  • 1 Eggplant, cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Basil
  • 1.5 lb Salmon, cut into 5 -6oz pieces

Optional Garnish

  • 2 tbsp Fresh Basil, chopped

Instructions

  • Prepare the aromatics by dicing the onion and mincing the garlic and ginger. Cut the eggplant into 1-2 inch cubes. If making in the oven, place in a pre-heated oven at 375° for 25 minutes. Once the eggplant is done, set aside for later use.
  • Season the salmon generously with the blackening seasoning. (If the opposite side is skin-less, season this side as well)Over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp ghee and coconut oil to a cast iron and then place salmon seasoning side down on the cast iron. Sauté the Salmon for 3-4 minutes on each side. Be sure not to move the salmon while it’s cooking to allow the salmon to blacken properly. 

  • The salmon should have a slightly dark, golden-brown crust. Remove the salmon from the heat, transfer onto a plate, cover it with foil, and set aside for later.
  • Using a cloth or paper towel, carefully wipe the cast iron clean of any remaining seasonings from the salmon. Lower the heat to a medium heat. Add 1 tbsp coconut oil to a pan and sauté chopped onions for 5 minutes, or until translucent. Add 1 tbsp ghee and the garlic. Sauté for about 2-3 minutes. Next add the ginger and saute for an additional 1-2 minutes. (If you choose to add lemongrass, add it after the ginger and saute for 2-3 minutes. If you choose to add eggplant, add it now and saute it for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown)
  • Next, add the curry powder, turmeric, and ginger to the cast iron and saute for 1-2 minutes while continuously stirring.
  • Slowly pour in the coconut milk while continuously stirring. Next add the vegetable stock, basil, and eggplant. Stir to mix all the ingredients together.
  • Slowly add the salmon back into the curry sauce, turn the heat to low, and cook the mixture for 15-20 minutes. Add the spinach and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
  • Garnish the curry with the remaining basil. Serve over brown rice or cauliflower rice.

Notes

Nutrition:

  • Serving: 6
  • Fat: 25g
  • Protein 30.1g
  • Calories: 464
Tip: Serve over Brown Rice, Cauliflower Rice, Quinoa, or Mashed Potatoes.

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