AIP Salmon Curry made nightshade-free for those who are sensitive to lectins. This easy recipe comes together quickly and tastes absolutely delicious.
I have so much to say about this curry that I don’t even know where to begin.
So I’ll begin with I am OBSESSED with salmon curry. It may seem odd if you’ve never tried it, but I assure you, salmon curry is just as easy to make as curry with chicken, pork, beef, shrimp, what have you.
If you love salmon, just know it can be incorporated into unsuspecting dishes. Do you remember my Salmon Stir Fry with Vegetables, Asian Salmon Burgers or Grilled Salmon Kebabs with Pesto? Case in point!
What Makes This Curry “AIP?”
AIP, or Autoimmune Protocol is an elimination diet similar to paleo that removes all inflammatory foods, including grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, nuts and seeds, coffee, nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, bell peppers, chilies, etc), and refined sugar.
The concept behind it is to lower your systemic inflammation to alleviate symptoms from autoimmune diseases, such as hashimotos, rheumatoid arthritis, crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, etc.
You don’t have to have an autoimmune disease to have the necessity to eat AIP or some rendition thereof. Many people are sensitive to lectins, phytates, and/or oxalates, and can find a lot of relief in removing them.
While I don’t follow AIP, I do avoid nightshades when possible, as I find they cause IBS flairs for me. That said, when I make curry, I often make it without nightshades, thereby removing spices like cumin, cayenne, and paprika, and all forms of peppers and chilies.
You would think this would detract from the flavor of the curry, but alas, it does not! I have found you can make an absolutely delicious nightshade-free AIP friendly curry without the ingredients that can give some folks tummy troubles or inflammation.
Replacing the nightshades (again, cumin, cayenne, paprika, chilis and peppers) with other big flavorful ingredients like ginger, coconut aminos, turmeric, and cinnamon makes for an amazing aromatic dish.
If you are interested in learning more about the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) or how to make curry without nightshades, check out my post on Nightshade-Free AIP Curry.
Let’s make it!
How to Make AIP Salmon Curry:
Start by removing the skin from the salmon. To do so, set the salmon flesh-side down on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to slice the skin off. Chop the salmon into bite-sized chunks and set aside until ready to use.
Heat a small amount (I use 1/4 cup) of the coconut milk in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced ginger, garlic, carrots, turmeric, and cinnamon and sauté until fragrant and carrots begin to soften, about 4 minutes.
Add the broccoli, squash, coconut aminos and remaining coconut milk. Cover and bring to a full boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables have softened but are still al dente, about 10 minutes.
Add the chopped salmon, cover, and continue cooking until salmon is cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes longer.
Stir in the chopped basil leaves. Serve curry with choice of rice (not AIP), cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, etc. If desired, serve with lime wedges.
- If you’re just not into salmon, replace it with chicken, shrimp, pork, or beef.
- Add more of any of the spices to taste.
- If you aren’t sensitive to lectins, feel free to add some chopped bell pepper or white potato.
- Add any of your favorite vegetables, like cauliflower, sweet potato, radishes, and/or bok choy.
- To keep the whole meal AIP, you’ll need to skip the rice and serve it with cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, or your choice of vegetable “rice.”
- You can eat the curry as is, almost like a soup!
- Add more vegetables (for instance, more carrots, broccoli, and/or zucchini) to make this like a curry stir fry – if you go this route, you won’t need a side dish for serving.
Let thy salmon curry game be strong!
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AIP Salmon Curry
A salmon curry recipe made without nightshades for an AIP-friendly meal
- 1 (15-ounce) can full fat coconut milk, divided
- 2 Tbsp minced ginger
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 large carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 large crown broccoli, chopped into florets
- 1 yellow squash, chopped
- 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 pound salmon fillet, skin removed and diced
- 4 large basil leaves, chopped
- 1/2 tsp sea salt, to taste
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- fresh basil
- 2 Tbsp sesame seeds
- Start by removing the skin from the salmon. To do so, set the salmon flesh-side down on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to slice the skin off. Chop the salmon into bite-sized chunks and set aside until ready to use.
- Heat 1/4 cup of the canned coconut milk in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the minced ginger, garlic, carrots, turmeric, and cinnamon and saute until fragrant and carrots begin to soften, about 4 minutes.
- Add the broccoli, squash, coconut aminos and remaining coconut milk. Cover and bring to a full boil. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables have softened but are still al dente, about 10 minutes.
- Add the chopped salmon, cover, and continue cooking until salmon is cooked through, about 8 to 10 minutes longer.
- Stir in the chopped basil leaves. Serve curry with choice of rice (not AIP), cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, etc. If desired, serve with lime wedges.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1 of 4
Amount Per Serving Calories 409Total Fat 26gUnsaturated Fat 0gCarbohydrates 10gNet Carbohydrates 7gFiber 3gSugar 7gProtein 27g
Thursday 7th of July 2022
I just found this site the other day, after finding out about the anti-inflammatory diet to help with my Arthritis.
I made this fish curry tonight. OMG! I really had to stop myself from eating another bowl. It is the nicest curry I've ever tasted. Thank you. 😊
Saturday 9th of July 2022
I'm so thrilled you enjoy it, Samantha! xoxo
Sunday 1st of September 2019
Instead of the minimal seasonings which I think is key to SMART cooking (including coconut aminos) could I substitute a curry seasoning blend perhaps? I don't like those recipes with a list of 10+ powders that are not staples for me, but a blend in a jar/bottle I can handle.
Wednesday 4th of September 2019
Hi Dayseye! Yes, feel free to substitute with a yellow curry blend if you aren't intolerant to the ingredients :) Enjoy! xo
Thursday 22nd of August 2019
Julia, this is a great salmon dish! I didn't serve it this time with any rice or noodles, but it really doesn't need it! Thank you for the clever combination!
Sunday 25th of August 2019
You're so welcome! I'm thrilled you enjoy it, and I love the idea of serving it with rice noodles! Thanks for the sweet note, Connie! xo
Wednesday 19th of June 2019
I learned something here! Thank you. By the Way, I love your new photo. What a stunning young lass.