Salmon Steaks/Fillets in Aromatic Dry Red Curry

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Serves 2 with steamed brown rice/boiled potatoes

Red curry sauce really goes well with salmon.  In this recipe, I have replaced the coconut cream with unsweetened soy milk or cream (if easily found) as coconut cream contains more calorie than the soy milk/cream.  Be careful when you cook with soy milk as it can evaporate really quickly so watch out as the sauce may get too dry too quickly or even burnt out almost completely

1 ½ table spoon ready-made Thai red curry paste

2 salmon steaks or fillets, total weight about 280g/10oz

½ tablespoons sunflower oil

225 ml/8fl oz soy milk

1 ½ tablespoons Thai fish sauce

1 ¼ teaspoon caster brown sugar

For the garnish

4 kaffir lime leaves, 3 torn and 1 shredded (discarding the middle stalk)

1 fresh red chilli, thinly sliced lengthways

Half-cook the salmon steaks/fillets by boiling or steaming until they are medium-rare.  Set aside and keep warm.

Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan over a low heat. Add the mixed red curry paste and shredded lime leaves and fry for about 30 seconds.  Pour in the soy milk and stir constantly until all ingredients are well mixed and the sauce is steamy hot but not boiling.  Stir in the fish sauce and sugar.

Put the half-cooked salmon steaks/fillets into the wok or pan, cover the fish with a lid so that the heat is evenly distributed, and simmer for another few minutes, or until the fish is cooked through.

Transfer the salmon steaks/fillets to a serving plate and spoon over the sauce.  Garnish with the finely shredded lime leaves and chilli.

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