Tamarind-Ginger Fish recipe

A delightful dish that features tender cod simmered in a spicy and flavorful sauce is the perfect way to spice up any weekday evening or weekend. The simple dish takes only minutes to prepare and can be served over a bed of rice, along with roasted vegetables or as the base of a soup. The delightful dish is bursting with exotic flavors and zesty spices, and will be an instant favorite the first time you try it.


  • 1 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 c. onions, chopped
  • 2 c. water
  • 1 Tbsp tamarind paste
  • 2 Tbsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp ground red pepper
  • salt to taste
  • ½ lb cod fillets, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • fresh curry leaves, optional


  1. In small saucepan heat cooking oil over medium-high heat. Cook mustard seeds in hot oil until they begin to crackle.

  2. Slowly stir in ginger and onion and cook for 5 minutes or until onion is translucent and aromatic.

  3. Add water and stir in tamarind paste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and stir in coriander, chile powder, and salt. Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add fish and simmer until the cod is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. Garnish with fresh curry leaves.

Author: Catherine Herzog.

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1 cupabout 237ml (236.59 mililitres based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)
2 cupsabout 473ml (473.18 mililitres based on 236.59 mililitres in a US cup)
lbabout 227g (226.795 grams based on 453.59 grams in a pound)


Published: August 18, 2012