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Easy Simmering Sauce for Fish

Eat Wisconsin Fish / Easy Simmering Sauce for Fish

Serves 4


  • 2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
  • 1 medium brown onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • ¾ cup + 1.5 tbsp canned tomatoes
  • ¾ cup + 1.5 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup + 2 tbsp vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp salt

(Authentic additions: 1 tbsp cumin, 1 tsp ground ginger, 1 tsp cayenne pepper, ½ tsp cinnamon, 2 tsp paprika, and ¼ tsp tumeric.)

  • 4 (6-ounce) fish fillets or steaks (lake whitefish, burbot or tilapia are great choices)
  • 4 wedges of lime
  • 2 Tlbs cilantro or chives



  1. In a large skillet or saucepan, add the coconut oil and onion. Cook for about 5 minutes while occasionally stirring
  2. Add garlic, cumin seeds, and chili flakes, cooking for 3-4 minutes more until onions are translucent
  3. Stir the curry powder into the onion mixture
  4. Add the tomatoes, heavy whipping cream, and vegetable stock and salt to the mixture, and reduce to a simmer, for about 10 minutes
  5. Put in blender, and process until smooth
  6. Pour the sauce back into the skillet and add the fish
  7. Cover and simmer over medium-low until fish starts to flake (about 20 minutes)
  8. Garnish with cilantro or chives. Serve with lime wedges and rice or couscous.