A recipe for Fish Suruwa (Fijian Fish Curry)! Pieces of firm white fish are simmered in a spiced coconut mixture for a quick and flavorful meal.
Four years of blogging and I am finally posting a fish recipe! I didn’t grow up eating much fish, so it has always intimidated me a bit.
This Fish Suruwa from Fiji is perfect for those like me who don’t have a lot of experience working with seafood. From beginning to end, the entire process takes about 30 minutes to create an incredibly easy and flavorful meal.
The Indian influence on Fijian cuisine is particularly prominent in dishes such as this Fish Suruwa. Onions, chilies, spices (garam masala, turmeric, cumin), and tomatoes are simmered to create the curry base for the fish and the addition of coconut milk gives a creamy texture.
Serve it warm from the stove with steamed white rice (I used jasmine) and top with a sprinkling of freshly chopped cilantro.
A Few Tips
Some recipes I came across included coconut milk as the liquid for the curry while others like Clever Cooking used water.
I also found variations with the spices used. Others also included curry leaves, curry powder, and/or fresh ginger.
Some placed the firm fish fillets whole in the pan like I did, while others chopped the fish into bite size pieces. After heating briefly on each side, simmer the fish in the coconut milk just until cooked through, about 5 minutes.
I simmered the tomatoes for about 15 minutes to help break them down. Use a spoon or potato masher to help create a smoother texture if desired.
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Fish Suruwa (Fijian Fish Curry) Recipe
Fish Suruwa (Fijian Fish Curry)
- 3 tablespoons (44 milliliters) vegetable oil
- 1 medium onion peeled and diced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
- 2 long red chilies stems and seeds removed, chopped
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
- 1 teaspoon ground toasted cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 2 medium tomatoes finely diced
- 1 1/2 pounds (680 grams) firm white fish
- Juice of 1 lemon
- 1 2/3 cups (400 ml) coconut milk
- Salt to taste
- Freshly chopped cilantro for garnish
- Steamed white rice for serving
- In a large skillet, drizzle the oil over medium heat.
- Once heated, add the onion and cinnamon stick. Cook until the onion begins to soften, then mix in the garlic and chilies. Cook until just fragrant and stir in the garam masala, cumin, and turmeric.
- Once fragrant, add the tomatoes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes start to break down, about 15 minutes.
- Push in the fish pieces around the tomato mixture to the bottom of the pan and drizzle the lemon juice over the top. Cook for a couple of minutes and flip the fish to the other side.
- Gently mix in the coconut milk and simmer just until the fish is cooked through, about 5 minutes.
- Season to taste with salt and serve immediately with rice and cilantro.