Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's fish and tomato curry

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's fish and tomato curry


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium-low heat. Add the onion to the pan and cook, stirring regularly, for 8–10 minutes until soft.
  2. Now add the ginger, garlic, curry powder or paste and cinnamon stick, if using, and fry for a minute or two.
  3. Add the passata and coconut milk, the sugar, a pinch of salt and some pepper. Stir well and simmer, stirring from time to time, for about 10 minutes until rich and well blended.
  4. Meanwhile, check the fish for pin bones, prising out any you find with tweezers, then cut into large pieces, about 4cm square. Add these to the sauce, bring back to a very gentle simmer and cook for 4–6 minutes until the fish is just cooked through, stirring very carefully a couple of times (you don’t want to break up the fish if you can help it). Remember it will continue to cook after you have taken it off the heat.
  5. Stir in the lime juice, taste and add more salt or pepper if needed. Serve straight away with rice. Finish with a scattering of fresh coriander, and black onion seeds if you like.

Extract taken from River Cottage Light & Easy by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall Photography by Simon Wheeler

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Serve steaming hot with rice and lime juice


2 tablespoons rapeseed or sunflower oil
1 large onion, sliced
2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
3 garlic cloves, grated
1 tablespoon medium curry powder, or paste
1 cinnamon stick (optional)
300ml tomato passata
100ml coconut milk
½ teaspoon sugar
500g white fish fillets, such as pollack, coley or sustainably caught haddock, skinned
Juice of ½ large lime
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
Coriander leaves
A few black onion (kalonji) seeds (optional)


Time: 26 mins
Serves: 3-4
Nutrition: n/a