Hoki poached in Thai yellow curry

Hoki what?

Hoki, known as blue grenadier or blue hake, is a delicate and slightly sweet white fish with a medium flake.  When it comes to cooking this delicious fish, my all-time favorite method of cooking it is to poach it in a spicy broth.   Since I live in the spice-abundant tropical country of Malaysia, I am spoiled for choices and inspiration.  For this though, I’ll use one of my favorite flavors of all time: Thai yellow curry.

Why do I l as love yellow curry so much for poaching fish?  Well, it’s not as spicy red curry, more versatile than a green curry, full of spice and one of the easier curries to make a paste for.  What can I say? It checks all the boxes.

Buy Sustainable

Every month, I order and stock up on freshly frozen fish for my freezer.  Since I believe in buying and cooking sustainable fish, I stock up on Hake,  Hoki and John Dory which are all sustainable varieties of fish for this part of the world.  Sustainable fish are as budget-friendly as they are environmentally friendly to consume.  I highly recommend buying and experimenting with different recipes and different ways of cooking when it comes to lesser-known and even unpopular types of fish.  Not only will you have discovered a new favorite fish but also will have stumbled upon some pretty delicious and creative recipes.


a big pot of Hoki poached in Thai yellow curry with potatoes and red bell pepper


A quick and healthy dinner

This recipe is fairly simple and can be thrown together relatively quickly for a quick weeknight dinner or if you want to impress guests with a beautiful and colorful plate of food.  You can use your favorite Thai curry paste or use a homemade curry paste if you are ambitious.  Served with jasmine rice and a spicy papaya salad for a delicious and visually stunning feast.


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Hoki poached in Thai yellow curry with potatoes and red bell pepper garnished with chopped scallions

Hoki poached in Thai yellow curry

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings 1x


Hoki poached in Thai yellow curry with potatoes and bell peppers. Easy to throw together for a quick and healthy weeknight dinner. #curry #thai #fish #seafood #easydinners #midweekmeals #quickrecipes


Units Scale
  • 6 tbsp Thai yellow curry paste (use your favorite curry paste or try mine)
  • 600ml/2.5 cups water
  • 400 ml/13.5oz coconut milk
  • 1 medium potato (peeled and diced into 2cm/1in cubes)
  • 300350g/10.5-12oz boneless fillets of firm white fish such as Hoki (blue grenadier) or hake
  • 1 small red bell pepper (cut into thin strips)
  • 1 small yellow pepper (cut into thin strips)
  • 13 tsp fish sauce (season to taste)
  • 13 tsp sugar (season to taste)
  • chopped scallions or cilantro for garnishing (optional)


  1. Combine curry paste, water and coconut milk in a large skillet or wok.
  2. Bring to a boil and add chopped potatoes.  Reduce heat to a medium simmer and let cook for 5 min.
  3. Next, add fish to the curry and let cook on a medium simmer for 5-10 min or until fish has cooked through but it not falling apart.
  4. Add thinly sliced strips of bell peppers to the curry mix and cook for 1-2 min.  The bell peppers should be halfway between raw and cooked with a bit of a crunch to them.
  5. Take off heat, garnish with either scallions, cilantro or a mixture of both.  Serve with steamed jasmine rice.
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: simmering
  • Cuisine: Thai

Keywords: Thai Yellow Curry, fish, hoki, curry, thai curry, quick recipes, potatoes, coconut

Eat more fish with these recipes:

Salmon En Croute (Salmon in Puff Pastry)

John Dory poached in Tomato and Chili Broth

Indian Spiced Fish Cakes with Yogurt Mint Sauce


Author: Natasha

I'm just a busy expat mom who has a psychological need to feed people. I enjoy learning about new cultures, (especially the food) and enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and spices

5 thoughts

    1. Hi Susan, thanks for the rave review! Can you do me a huge favor and star rate it? This will help me tremendously with promoting the recipe. Thanks again. 🙂

  1. Really delicious! Even one of my sons who does not like fish, enjoyed this. This will be made again!

  2. I made this tonight with Costco Hoki. Amazing! I added mushrooms with the peppers. Recipe does not say when to add the fish sauce and sugar, but I did that before the peppers.
    Definitely make again

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