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Assam Fish Curry

Assam fish curry recipe

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Assam Fish Curry is one of my favourite curry for many reasons. Firstly, it is not only hot but also addictively sour as well thanks to the tamarind (or better known locally as assam/asam). Secondly it is healthy with lots of vegetables (lady’s fingers, tomatoes and eggplants) and lastly, it does not contain coconut milk – hence relatively low-fat compared to other curries and keeps better in our tropical climate.

See Also: Curry Chicken Recipe

I cheated with instant fish curry paste so this curry was whipped up in under 30 minutes – faster than the time needed to cook the rice in the rice cooker. I have made curry paste from scratch before, and it IS tedious, so I am really grateful for the convenience of instant curry mixes, especially on nights when I only have less than 30 minutes to cook dinner. If you like cheater’s curry, do also check out my quick and easy curry chicken.

Assam fish curry recipe

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50 Responses to “Assam Fish Curry”

  1. jenny bautista — May 10, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

    i love to eat fish with asam and chili very nice and easy to cook….


  2. Jasmine — April 16, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

    Hihi may I know where u bought the fish paste curry and what brand you using?


    • wiffy replied: — April 20th, 2014 @ 11:02 pm

      A1 brand, from any local supermarket.


  3. Becky — January 18, 2015 @ 8:09 pm

    Your recipes have created a whole new meaning of dinner for my family. We’ve always enjoyed local delicacies and now can create them at home. Thank you!


    • wiffy replied: — January 19th, 2015 @ 4:33 pm

      Glad to hear that the recipes have come in handy, thank you!


  4. Jo — March 4, 2015 @ 2:40 pm

    Can I use any fish fillets and add fish head in it as Assam Fish head curry??

    If possible, do advise the type of fish head you recommend for this dish. Thanks!


    • wiffy replied: — March 4th, 2015 @ 3:12 pm

      You can use garoupa or red snapper for fish head, or ask the fish monger to recommend and de-scale/clean for you. Actually the fish head is usually quite meaty, so you may not need to add fish fillet.


      • Jo replied: — March 4th, 2015 @ 3:41 pm

        I see. As I’m in Australia thus even harder to find some of the fishes at the fish market. Alright, will try and make them this weekend. Hopefully it’ll be as yummy as yours~ Q.Q

  5. Jess — August 26, 2015 @ 11:55 am

    Looks delicious! Is this recipe freezer friendly?