Salmon With Thai Coconut Cream Sauce

Published on Jan 23, 2020

  by   Kristina Stosek

34 reviews

Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes Serves: 4
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Looking for something fancy and delicious, try this Salmon With Thai Coconut Cream Sauce –  a healthy fish dinner made under 30 minutes. This one-skillet salmon dish is made with Thai spices, onions, garlic, ginger, julienned bell peppers, carrots, zucchini and coconut milk.

To finish this most flavourful creamy sauce, add some fresh lime juice and fresh herbs such as cilantro, Thai basil and or fresh mint. You can use just one of these herbs or all three, which is what I did. I always have fresh herbs growing in my kitchen or garden, so I like to add as many as I can to my recipes. 

thai salmon in coconut cream sauce in a skillet


Salmon with Thai coconut cream sauce is a delicious and flavorful dish that combines the rich buttery texture of salmon with the vibrant and creamy flavors of Thai cuisine.


The primary flavor in this dish comes from the Thai coconut cream sauce. It’s rich, creamy, and mildly sweet, with a prominent coconut flavor that adds a luxurious and silky taste.

In addition, it incorporates citrusy and herb flavors. The Thai sauce contains lime juice, ginger and fresh herbs such as cilantro, Thai basil or mint.


The salmon is tender and moist, with a flaky texture, and flakes apart with a fork. The fish is cooked in a velvety coconut cream sauce that moistens the salmon.


raw salmon slices on a plate

Salmon with Thai coconut cream sauce recipe details

First, sear the salmon on both sides, creating a crisp coating. I like to keep the skin on the salmon for two reasons. Most of the omega-3 fatty acids are located in the salmon skin. By removing the skin, you will strip away most of the nutritional benefits. In addition, the skin adds more flavour.

Once you seared the salmon, it’s time to make the delicious Thai coconut cream sauce.

easy Thai coconut cream sauce recipe

Using the same skillet add onions, garlic and bell peppers and cook until just tender. Then add the remaining ingredients and cook the sauce for a few more minutes. This allows the flavours to meld together.

Next, return the crispy salmon to the skillet and cook for about two more minutes or until the salmon is fully cooked. That is it. How simple is that?


salmon in Thai coconut cream sauce in a skillet

Wild Salmon vs Farmed Salmon

As per Cleveland Clinic, contaminants in farmed salmon were generally higher than in wild salmon. … The bottom line: Both wild and farmed salmon contain contaminants. Still, wildsalmon has lower levels and is considered safer overall.


slicing wild salmon with a knife

Does wild salmon have fewer calories than farmed salmon?

A small fillet of wild salmon has 131 fewer calories and half the fat content of the same amount of farmed salmon.

Can you tell the difference between wild salmon and farmed salmon?

Farmed salmon is lighter in colour and has more fatty marbling in its flesh. This is because farmed salmon doesn’t fight against upstream currents like wild salmon.

As a result, wild salmon has a deeper orange colour and a more pronounced fish flavour.

Which salmon is the least fishy tasting?

Most chefs and some home cooks prefer the fresh-tasting fish flavour. However, if you prefer a mild, subtle fish flavour, then Coho (Silver) salmon is your better choice.


overheat image of salmon with thai coconut cream sauce in a skillet

salmon dinner under 30 minutes

The total time to make this healthy gluten free fish dinner is less than 30 minutes. Since the salmon is cooked in Thai coconut sauce, I like to serve this fish dish with rice. But you can also serve it over gluten-free pasta or simple parsley potatoes.

For any leftover sauce, add a Healthy Gluten-Free Flax Bread  because the bread is great for soaking up the Thai coconut cream sauce. Enjoy!


Thai coconut cream sauce offers a blend of flavors, including the richness of coconut cream, the umami of salmon, the zing of citrus, ginger, and the freshness of herbs. The salmon is flaky, cooked in a smooth and creamy sauce with vegetables, and served over rice or gluten free noodles. This is an exotic fish dish that is also comforting.

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Just ok. I was looking for more pronounced flavors with the ginger, garlic, and curry paste, but this dish ended up being very mild. I had a lot more vegetables than sauce, and many more than the pictures show, even though I followed the amounts in the recipe. I do like the julienned veggies, as they cook just right and add flavor without getting mushy. The coho salmon worked well with these flavors. I will try this recipe again with shrimp and more spices, including some crushed red pepper.


I absolutely love this dish. I have made it many times for company and it is so dependable for a great meal.


thank you for sharing!


the best salmon recipe ever!

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