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.
- 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="https://aussietaste.com.au/fruit/banana/how-to-make-banana-leaf-boats-for-cooking-or-serving/" 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.