Green Curry Salmon and Cashew with Quinoa! Sweet and spicy green curry combined with cashews, salmon, and dried fruit! A healthy flavorful meal that is packed with anti-oxidants and comes together in 30 minutes! Great by itself or served on top of garlic quinoa.
Hello friends! Hello Wednesday! Hello more nourishing anti-inflammatory recipes! I told you I was going to dedicate this week to all things curry and turmeric, right? Oh, well, now you know. Because OH MY we need it. And as you can tell, I tend to focus on certain food themes on a weekly basis. Haha. Next week will be all about comfort foods. Kidding ! Maybe.
Okay, back to this recipe though. Curry, Salmon, Cashew, and did I mention there’s dried apricots and currants? Yep! But here’s the kicker, it’s not red curry that makes this Salmon dish so flavorful, it’s GREEN curry! Green curry is a variety of curry derived from Thai and is made with green chilies. It has a sweeter and more pungent flavor than that of red curry (made with red chilies). A lot of green curry dishes will include herbs such as sweet basil, kefir lime, lemon grass, green onion or shallots, and of course TURMERIC.
Which is what gives this dish it’s caramelized color. Well that and the honey I added. So good!
So what is it about all these spices in green curry that make it healthy? Lots!
Green Curry spices and herbs –> Turmeric, coriander, galangal, and basil all have powerful antioxidants. And all help fight inflammation and protect the body free from free radicals. Bonus : if you use Thai Holy Basil, it “supposedly” has a calming effect. Ohh.. I need that like yesterday.
Pair that with a little healthy fats from the coconut cream and omegas form the salmon and you have ONE heck of HEALTHY healing meal. I know, you hear me say that all the time, but remember –> I’m trying to listen to my own advice, and sometimes it takes me writing it to hear it. 😉
Although, can I let you in on a secret? I was skeptical about this recipe at first. It all sounded so good in my head. But could I pull of the green curry and apricot and salmon together? There was only one way to find out.
First pick a out a beautiful piece of sizzlefish sockeye salmon!
Make, test, taste, and repeat. Which is what happened. And all I can say is PRAISE GOD for green curry paste! It’s fabulous!Print
Green Curry Cashew Salmon and Quinoa
- two 4oz salmon fillets or (8-10 ounce fillet)
- 1 tbsp green curry paste
- 1/2 tbsp oil or ghee
- 1 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp cashew halves
- 1/4 cup dried currants or chopped apricots
- dash of sea salt
- 2 tbsp coconut cream
- 1 tbsp fish sauce
- red pepper flakes
- For the quinoa –
- 1 1/4 cup
- 15 oz fish stock
- 1 tbsp oil
- sea salt
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- If you choose to make the quinoa, simple combine your stock and oil/garlic in rice cooker or in pot and cook according to instructions. Usually around 15 minutes.
- For the salmon. First clean your salmon and lay on parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, whisk together your curry paste, sesame or olive oil, honey, cream, fish sauce, and chili flakes. Spread evenly over fish. Keep a little extra for the pan.
- Place fish and any remaining curry paste/sauce in pan on medium heat. Add in your dried fruit and cashews and maybe a tad more oil if needed.
- Cook on medium heat for 10-12 minutes.
- The dried fruit and cashews will start to brown. Make sure they also get mixed in with a little of the leftover honey curry mixture in the pan. The salmon flesh is ready when its flaky and no longer red but a nice even pink.
- Serve on top of steamed garlic quinoa. Add any remaining mixture or fruit/nut to the plate and garnish with chili pepper and green onion.
- Add a little extra oil to the pan (maybe a tsp) and then add in your dried fruit and cashews.
We use sizzlefish sockeye salmon for this dish. Feel free to use another form of dried fruit as well.
this dish is great by itself. You don’t need quinoa but it does compliment it well!
The quinoa serves about 4.
Alright, let me know if you try this cashew curry recipe. It’s easy. I promise. And you will want to make it again. If not, I’ll make it for you and we can have curry in a hurry Dinner date.
Curry lovers, what’s your favorite green curry dish? Do you add anything special?
Red curry fan or green? Hard questions on a Wednesday!
If you have a hard workout, run, or training session this week; I highly recommend this as a recovery meal. It will do wonders for your soothing muscles and inflammation!