Fish Red Curry

04 Apr

I have to admit that both Joe and I do enjoy fish, but the ethical and sustainability issues surrounding the fishing industry leaves us both quite worried about purchasing and consuming it. We did recently discovery that NZ fisheries is quota limited, however, that quota is made with sustainability as its core focus. We purchased a kilo bag of fish fillets about four months ago and we are slowly eating our way through it.

[  SERVES: 4  |  TIME: 25 MIN  |  COST: <$5 |  MY RATING:  2/5 ]


400 g firm white fish fillets, cut into bite size pieces
400 ml can of coconut cream
200 ml stock (vegetable preferred)
1 onion, diced finely
½ cup potato, cut into bite size pieces
½ cup sweet potato, cut into bite size pieces
½ cup pumpkin, cut into bite size pieces
½ peas
½ red capsicums, chopped finely
2 – 4 tablespoons red curry paste
1 – 2 tablespoons garlic
dash of oil


  • In a wok, warm a little oil before adding the garlic and red curry paste. Cook for a minute or two until fragrant. Add your onions and fry until transparent.
  • Add your stock, potato and sweet potato and cook gently until almost cooked through. This may take 5 – 10 minutes, depending on the heat.
  • Add the remaining vegetables, fish,  and coconut cream. Stir gently, and remove from heat once everything is cooked through. This may take and additional 5 – 10 minutes, depending on the heat.
  • Serve immediately with rice.


  • We use to be able to purchase basa which is a firm white fish from the catfish family. It is perfect for this type of dish, however, our supply ran out several months ago. When purchased this bag of NZ Hoki, we hoped it would have the same flavour and texture, but I have to admit, it is somewhat lacking by comparison. As a result, this dish was not well received by our family today. I am certain that had basa been used, the rating would have been at least 4/5 instead of the 2/5 it got this day.
  • Diabetic Note: The rice is basmati, although, to be honest, we generally use brown rice. At any rate, the rice is high in carbohydrates, as is the potato and sweet potato. As a result, adjust your rice according to your exchange point limit. I have about ¼ – ½ cup of rice with this dish and my BGLs are fine.
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    Trawler Hauling Nets (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    Ethical Note: As mentioned briefly above, there is a huge ethical debate about sustainable fisheries. Some scientific researches suggest that any fish consumption is unsustainable during the current era as wild populations struggle with long term over exploitation. Many commercially popular species are currently endangered, such as the Orange Roughy.  There is a great deal of scientific literature about the habits of commercial fisheries who drag heavy nets on the oceans floor, disturbing benthos life, destroying coral reefs and disrupting the delicate ecosystems that are present there. Additionally, most consumers are aware of the common industry practice of cutting entangled nets and fishing line free, leaving them to choke, kill and drown ocean faring wildlife. Many feel that the purchasing of any fish contributes to this process, and I do tend to agree. I do feel however that there is a silver lining here. It is vital to realise that fisheries serves to feed many of the worlds poor and is vital for their existence. It is also important to recognise that not all global fisheries exceed catch limits, exclude the annual catch of other countries during their quota setting exercises, harvest endangered species or engage in destructive fishing habits. If you are going to purchase seafood, I would urge you to become educated on the subject, discover the source of your product (country and company!), research the relevant limits and impacts and choose wisely. (Having said that, we chose some time ago to not purchase any more fish or seafood products.)


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6 responses to “Fish Red Curry

  1. narf77

    April 4, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    What about buying farmed fish? I know that most fish farms use wild fish pelletised to feed them but there are quite a few sustainable fish farms popping up that seem to be learning from the earlier model mistakes. I saw a River Cottage episode where a fish farm (trout) was downstream from a watercress farm and the fish only ate the insects that filtered through the watercress. A great win-win situation for both producers I would imagine and something that more primary producers might want to look at in the future (symbiotic production…). That curry looks delicious by the way. Keep up the amazing photos. If I look at your lovely meals I don’t get any calories (like broken timtams) 🙂

    • mizrhi

      April 4, 2012 at 5:58 pm

      Farmed fish is just as ecologically damaging. I am hoping to find time to write up a large post about fish and why eating it is not sustainable (in any fashion).
      You are right; farmed fish are fed wild fish as a staple diet. Fish farms are usually erected on cleared mangrove sites (ie: mangroves are cleared directly for the fish farms). The end result of this mangrove loss is a loss of suitable nursery grounds for wild stock, a lost of nutrient filtering services, a loss of weather buffering services and a loss of carbon cycling (amongst MANY other services). This is most noticeable in Asia, particularly Indonesia, Thailand, India and Malaysia. These countries are now subjected to mass flooding effects and depleted fish stocks as a direct consequence of fish farming. Have you noticed how most of the fish available to us in supermarkets that is farmed originates from Indonesia or Thailand?
      It is a massive socio-economic problem. Most of the clearing / farming is done without consent and is an illegal practice. Governments are powerless to police the issues and stop more unnecessary land clearing but do close down the farms when they find them. This is a drop in the ocean; a band aid cure.
      There are other huge problems associated with fishing. Most of the traditional fishing grounds for Europe are so depleted, that it can no longer support local demands. As a result, the European fishing fleet now travel to West Africa and fish (often illegally) in those waters, depleting their stocks. Just a few days ago, this awesome video came out that you might appreciate for this subject (
      I will get around to posting a comprehensive post about fish soon – maybe after this session in about 5 weeks.

      • narf77

        April 5, 2012 at 6:39 am

        What about aquaponics Rhianna? We are going to set up an aquaponics system here and see if we can’t do justice to the idea of growing fish, vegetables AND doing it sustainably using worms to feed the fish that have been growing in the media between the veggies? It’s a great idea and I agree with you about the farmed fish being unsustainable, but there are small fish farms being set up (especially in the U.K.) where the fish is being farmed completely naturally (off shore) using non sea based fish as food. Interesting concept and one that people are going to have to take to heart soon enough (and choose their ethical producer) if they want to continue eating fish

        • mizrhi

          April 5, 2012 at 6:51 am

          Technically, it should work and be a viable option for individuals. The problem is doing it on a large scale. Land use conflicts are going to become more of an issue in the not so distant future, so time will ultimately tell.

  2. videos de messi

    April 9, 2012 at 10:08 am

    Howdy! Would you mind if I share your blog with my zynga group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really enjoy your content. Please let me know. Many thanks

    • mizrhi

      April 9, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      Go for it. Glad you enjoyed it.


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