Recipe Details

Spicy Fish with Tamarind Sauce

Number of Servings: 4

Serving Size: 4 oz.

Tamarind is a sweet and sour paste from India that gives the fish a tart and sweet flavor. This fish dish tastes excellent with salad or roasted corn side dishes.

Name: Amount:
black or yellow mustard seeds 1 tsp
to 2 dried red chilis 1
tamarind paste 2 Tbsp
warm water 0.50 cup
olive oil 1 Tbsp
medium onions, sliced 2
cloves garlic, minced 2
grated fresh ginger 2 tsp
curry powder 2 tsp
Salt to taste
lb thick fish fillets such as salmon, halibut, or cod, cut into 4 pieces 1

Grind the mustard seeds and chilis in a spice or coffee grinder. Set aside.


In a small bowl, mash together the tamarind paste and warm water until the water is very brown. Strain in a fine sieve, pressing out any solids. Discard the solids; retain the liquid. Set aside.


Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes. Add the ginger and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the curry powder and mustard-chili mixture. Sauté for 1 minute. Add the tamarind water and a dash of salt. Add the fish fillets, nestling them into the onion mixture. Cover, lower heat to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes or until the fish is cooked through. Serve the fish with the sauce.

Nutritional Information (per serving)
Calories 275
Calories from Fat 125
Total Fat 14g
Saturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 75mg
Sodium 65mg
Potassium n/a
Carbohydrates 12g
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 5g
Protein 26g
Vitamin A n/a
Vitamin C n/a
Calcium n/a
Iron n/a
Folic Acid n/a
Dietary Exchange 2 Vegetable 3 Lean Meat 2 Fat