Red Coconut Curry with Seafood and Mixed Vegetables

Serving Size: 4
Total Time:

This lighter, brighter Thai-style curry is from health-conscious chef Rocco DiSpirito. He cuts back on the coconut milk and boosts the flavor of the broth with shrimp, mussels, fish and vegetables.


  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges, for serving
  • 0.25 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1.5 tsp arrowroot or cornstarch
  • mussels, scrubbed
  • 0.25 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 small carrot, thinly sliced
  • 4 Ounce green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 Tbsp raw coconut palm sugar
  • freshly ground pepper
  • kosher salt
  • 12 Ounce large shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 4 3-ounce cod fillets
  • 1 Tbsp red curry paste


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat the olive oil. Season the cod fillets and shrimp with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat until they are browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the seafood to 4 bowls and keep warm.
  2. Add the sugar to the skillet and cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar starts to melt, about 1 minute. Add the curry paste and cook, stirring, until the paste is fragrant and bright red, about 1 minute. Add the green beans, carrot, 2 cups of the chicken broth and the coconut milk and bring to a simmer. Add the mussels and cook over moderately high heat until the mussels open, 1 to 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the mussels to the bowls with the cod and shrimp.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk the arrowroot with the remaining 1 cup of chicken broth, add to the skillet and bring to a simmer over moderately high heat. Add the peas and cook until they are heated through, about 3 minutes. Season the sauce with salt and pepper and stir in the cilantro. Pour the sauce and vegetables into the bowls and serve with lime wedges.

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Recipe Credit: Rocco DiSpirito
Image Credit: Fredrika Stjärne