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Coconut Pale Ale Curry Cod

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This, in one form or another, is my go-to dinner. It’s a pantry recipe and one of the main reasons I always have coconut milk on hand. I’ve made it with every imaginable protein, and even mushrooms when I’m the mood to only consume plants. I’ve replaced the chard with spinach, arugula, basil and even cilantro and it holds up. It’s reliable and filling. It’s a way to make dinner when I don’t have the energy to think. I can double the shallots or the curry paste and it still gives me what I want. I can add tomatoes or jalapeños and I still love it. I can make a triple batch and have it for next three days and It’s still a favorite.

Sometimes, in the midst of trying to give you a recipe that will be clink-inducing-share-worthy I forget that you also need the solid standby recipes that won’t let you down. The culinary equivalent of the faded Levis that you’ve been wearing since high school and that friend that always drives you to the airport even if it’s 5 am. So here it is, my faded-Levis-airport-guy recipe.

I hope you love it as much as I do.

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Coconut Pale Ale Curry Cod

Servings 4 servings


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 shallot chopped (1/4 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup pale ale
  • 1 15 wt oz can coconut milk (full fat)
  • 1 tsp red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Thai green chile chopped (optional)
  • 1 to 2 lbs black cod cut into 4 fillets
  • 1 cups Swiss chard rough chopped
  • rice for serving


  • In a large, deep skillet with a lid heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the shallots,
  • cooking until softened and slightly browned, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic until fragrant, about 30 seconds, stir in the beer.
  • Add coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce, salt, pepper, and chile (if using) simmer until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the Cod fillets into the pan, reduce heat to low, cover tightly with a lid and simmer until
  • cooked through and fish flakes easily with a fork, about 10 minutes. Stir in the chard until wilted, about 1 minute.
  • Serve in bowls over rice.

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Rauchbeard February 26, 2016 um 12:16 pm

a "panty recipe"? i’ll have to try it on my spouse to see if it has that effect, but i think you’re making a pretty bold claim there.


Jackie February 26, 2016 um 12:28 pm

Ha! Sorry, "pantry." Turns out, "r" is an important letter. 😉


Michelle Lahey February 26, 2016 um 1:17 pm

I love standby recipes like this that can be easily adapted based on what I’m craving. Looks delicious!


Sara February 26, 2016 um 9:41 pm

when does the curry paste go in?


Jackie February 27, 2016 um 11:24 am

With the coconut milk 🙂


Nathalie February 28, 2016 um 2:03 pm

Yum, I do love curry and red curry is one of our staples at home. Thank you os much for helping me to broaden the view of food and making me stepping out of my known comfort zone. Look forward trying this one 🙂


Pippa March 2, 2016 um 6:34 am

Looks really delicious! I’m going to try the recipe for sure! Thanks


Craig Mosher May 14, 2018 um 5:12 pm

This looks delicious. Would another kind of beer work as well, perhaps a lager or pilsner?


Jackie May 14, 2018 um 5:33 pm

yes, for sure!


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