Indian Fish Curry


This Indian fish curry is a very spicy dish. The recipe was inspired by a Bengali fish recipe my mother used to make in India.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 15 mins


  • 3 tablespoons canola oil, divided

  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt, divided

  • 4 white fish fillets

  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped

  • 5 cashew halves

  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper, or to taste

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon white sugar

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • ½ cup chopped tomato

  • ¼ cup vegetable broth

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Mix 2 tablespoons oil, mustard, black pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in a shallow glass bowl. Add fish and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

  2. While the fish is marinating, combine onion, garlic, ginger, and cashews in a blender or food processor; pulse until mixture forms a paste.

  3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a skillet over medium-low heat. Add cashew paste; cook and stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add cayenne pepper, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, cumin, coriander, sugar, and turmeric; cook and stir for 5 minutes. Stir in tomato and broth.

  5. Remove fish from marinade and shake off excess; discard remaining marinade. Arrange fish in a baking dish and pour sauce over top.

  6. Bake, covered, in the preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, about 30 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.


You can use frozen fish fillets for this recipe, just thaw them before use.

If you prefer a less spicy dish, don't use as much cayenne pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

338 Calories
14g Fat
12g Carbs
42g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 338
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 1g 7%
Cholesterol 56mg 19%
Sodium 2715mg 118%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 42g
Vitamin C 10mg 49%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 940mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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