Mauritian Red Snapper and Coconut Curry

This simple Red Snapper and Coconut Fish Curry is bold with the flavours of fresh ginger, chilli and garlic.


  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 600g red snapper fillets
  • 2 banana shallots, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 3cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 red bird’s eye chilli, finely chopped
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 3 tbsp Mauritian curry powder
  • 3-4 fresh vine tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp tomato purée
  • 1 x 200g block creamed coconut
  • 600ml hot fish stock
  • 3 tbsp freshly chopped coriander
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

To serve:

steamed basmati rice
Mango Kutcha (optional)


  1. Heat the oil in a large pan over a high heat. When the oil starts smoking, add the fish, skin-side down, and stand back! Fry for 2 minutes on each side, remove from the heat and set aside.
  2. Drain about half the oil from the pan and reduce the heat to medium. Add the shallots and fry until translucent, about 3 minutes,
  3. then add the garlic, ginger and chilli and cook for a further 2 minutes.
  4. Add the curry leaves and Mauritian curry powder and cook for 30 seconds before adding the chopped tomatoes and tomato purée.
  5. Cook down for 2–3 minutes until softened and the pan becomes dry.
  6. Add the creamed coconut to the hot fish stock and stir until dissolved;
  7. add to the pan and cook for 15 minutes until the sauce has thickened.
  8. Taste and adjust the seasoning before adding the cooked fish fillets to the pan. Heat through for a few minutes,
  9. sprinkle over the coriander and serve with steamed basmati rice and Mango Kutcha.


Recipe contributor :  Lakaz Maman

Lakaz Maman, the Mauritian Creole word for ‘Mum’s House’, is a small and rather special restaurant in Southampton, England, which is owned by Shelina Permalloo.  The Restaurant is relaxed and serves informal street food you can get messy with. No napkins, no airs or graces, just authentic Mauritian street food with a modern twist.

Shelina won the BBC TV MasterChef competition in 2012 by wowing the judges with a tropical take on gourmet cuisine from her heritage of Mauritius. She has also written 2 cookery books with her first book, ‘Sunshine on a Plate’ winning a Gourmand Book Award for being the best African Cook Book.

Here is a more information about Shelinas favourite Mauritian street food: Guide to Mauritian Street Food

For further information please visit Lakaz Maman website

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