Baked Salmon with Curry Sauce
and coconut cream butternut squash
I think a light curry sauce makes everything more flavorful, and salmon is no exception. Pair it with this creamy and fragrant butternut squash, you have a super simple and fragrant weeknight dinner.
- Butternut squash - 1, peeled and cubed
- Coconut milk - 1/2 cup
- Maple syrup - 1 Tbsp
- Salt - 1 tsp
- Salmon - 1 1/2 lbs
- Yellow curry paste - 1 Tbsp ((sub red curry paste))
- Fish sauce - 1 Tbsp ((sub soy sauce))
- Brown sugar - 1/2 Tbsp
- Coconut milk - 2/3 cup
- Lime - 1/2, wedges
- Butternut squash - Two options: 1) Peel with a peeler and then cube; or 2) Microwave for 5 minutes, flipping the butternut squash in between. Cool and then chop, peeling off skin with a knife. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
- Salmon - Rinse and dry fish and divide into 4 portions.
- Sauce - If making Wednesday's night fried rice, double the amount for all ingredients. Mix together yellow curry paste, fish sauce, brown sugar, and coconut milk. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
- Preheat oven to 425F (218C) degrees.
- Place chopped butternut squash with 1 cup (236ml) of water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and then simmer covered for 10 to 12 minutes.
- While butternut squash is cooking, place fish into a baking dish. Cover with sauce (use only half if you doubled it for Wednesday's meal) and then cover tightly with foil. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
- When butternut squash has cooked, drain, and return to saucepan. Add coconut milk, maple syrup, and salt. Puree with an immersion blender (you can also use a masher, but it won't be as smooth and creamy). Season to taste with more salt or sweetener.
- Enjoy your fish on top your coconut cream butternut squash for a fragrant weeknight meal. Serve with lime wedges.
Added green beans and lime pickle. Would make again.0 Helpful
Used red curry instead of yellow. Loved the squash and the sauce (which, I agree with other reviewers, could easily go with chicken or shrimp -- the salmon was almost too strong a flavor for it). Had a thick cut of salmon that needed to cook a lot longer.0 Helpful
We loved this! The sauce was delicious (I think it would also be great on chicken or shrimp) it was a very easy dish to put together. We added some quinoa on the side from a meal earlier this week, which helped give it a little more body.0 Helpful
I have made this a few times now and it is an absolute hit! Actually served this for Thanksgiving dinner for a few friends who are pescatarians. It was a bit random for thanksgiving, but they loved it!0 Helpful
This was definitely a lesson in the point of preping the day before. I felt like it took FOREVER to cook the squash. But one bite and it was totally worth it!0 Helpful
Butternut squash was delicious! Salmon could have used a bit more flavor... As another reviewer mentioned - it didn't pick up very much of the sauce. Also added green peas to round out the meal.0 Helpful