Salmon In A Turmeric Coconut Sauce

This wholesome main is healthy, delicious and packed with flavour! The sauce is the star of the show. It packs a fragrant, flavourful punch, combining coconut, turmeric, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, ginger and garlic. Add some kale and tenderstem broccoli for good measure and you’ve got yourself a healthy, balanced dish that I’m sure you’ll love as much as I do.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Fish and Seafood


  • 6 salmon fillets
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, very thinly sliced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • coconut oil
  • 2 tsps ground turmeric
  • 2 x 400g tin coconut milk (full-fat and light both work here)
  • 100 g kale or cavolo nero (Tuscan kale), stem removed, leaves thinly sliced
  • 100 g tenderstem broccoli, cut into thirds lengthways
  • 8 kaffir lime leaves, roughly chopped
  • steamed rice, to serve


  1. Season the salmon with salt and set aside. If you have a mortar and pestle, pound the lemongrass, ginger, garlic and a good pinch of salt into a rough paste. If not, simply chop them up as finely as you can.
  2. Place a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil in a large, wide pan – one that has a lid and is preferably non-stick – and heat it over medium heat.  Cook the salmon for 3 minutes on one side then flip and cook for a further 3 minutes. Transfer the to a plate.
  3. Add the lemongrass-ginger-garlic mixture to the same pan and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds. Stir in the ground turmeric and add the coconut milk. Season with sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper and stir to combine.
  4. Bring the sauce to a simmer then add the kale, tenderstem broccoli and kaffir lime leaves. Season again with sea salt and freshly-ground black pepper and stir to combine.
  5. Nestle the salmon fillets into the sauce. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes over low/medium-low heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking then serve with steamed rice on the side – enjoy!


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5 months ago

This dish was AAAAMAZING! Light, bright, fresh, while also feeling warm and comforting. Thank you Zena!

3 months ago
Reply to  Elisa

It’s my absolute pleasure! I’m so glad you enjoyed it 🙂