Baked Salmon in Thai Red Curry Sauce

This Baked Salmon in Thai Red Curry Sauce is aromatic and delicious. Salmon steaks are baked for 20 minutes in an easy-to-make Thai red curry sauce that compliments the rich taste of the salmon. But unlike a lot of salmon sauce recipes, this one is lactose-free, calling for coconut milk instead of cream. If you’re game, cook or serve this salmon in a Banana Leaf Boat.

Baked Salmon in Thai Red Curry Sauce

Baked Salmon in Thai Red Curry Sauce

Course: Seafood
Author: The Cook


  • 2-4 salmon steaks, portioning 1 per person
  • fresh coriander or basil, spring onion, and fresh chilli - for garnish
  • banana leaf boats, optional

For Red Curry Sauce

  • ¼ cup red onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 red chilli, de-seeded and sliced <em>(or ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper)</em>
  • 2 cm piece galangal, sliced
  • 3 Kaffir lime leaves, snipped into small pieces, discard stem
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • ¼ tsp. ground coriander
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tablespoon chilli powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ cup finely chopped coriander leaves and tender stems
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lime juice


  • For instructions on how to make banana leaf boats <em>(in which to cook or serve your salmon)</em>, see: <a href="" target="_blank">How to Make Banana Leaf Boats</a>.
  • Rinse salmon steaks and set aside to dry while you make the red curry sauce.
  • Place all ingredients for red curry sauce in a food processor or chopper <em>(if using a mini chopper, just add as much coconut milk as you can, adding the rest later)</em>. A blender can also be used.
  • Process the ingredients well to create a fragrant red curry sauce.
  • Pour about ¼ of the sauce into the bottom of a covered casserole-type dish for baking. Now add the salmon steaks, turning them over several times to cover. Pour a little more sauce over each steak.
  • Cover the casserole dish with a lid or foil and bake at 190°C for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the thickness of your steaks. Salmon is cooked when inner flesh is no longer translucent when pulled apart with a fork.
  • If Cooking Salmon in Banana Leaf: This salmon can be wrapped up in banana leaf <em>(like individual packets)</em> or cooked in banana leaf boats. Be sure to place the packets or boats inside a casserole dish <em>(or something to catch the drippings)</em>, as banana leaves are porous and the sauce will leak somewhat.
  • Serve with a little spring onion and fresh chilli, fresh coriander and/or basil leaves. Any leftover sauce can be briefly heated up and served as a side sauce.


Serving: 0g | Calories: 0kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 0mg | Potassium: 0mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 0mg | Calcium: 0mg | Iron: 0mg
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