Tanzania Coconut Fish Curry – Samaki Wa Nazi


The Tanzanian name for Coconut Fish Curry is Samaki Wa Nazi. Tanzania, formerly called Tanganyika, is on the east coast of Africa, and is home to Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as many tropical beaches and great lakes which provide an abundance of interesting fish perfect for fiery recipes such as this.

This recipe for Tanzanian Coconut Fish Curry serves/makes: 6


  • 2 pounds (1 kg) firm, white-fleshed fish
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 or 2 fresh red chiles (optional)
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 cups coconut milk



1. Clean and rinse the fish, then season it with salt. Heat the oil in a medium pan and brown the fish. Set it aside and keep warm. In the same oil, fry the
onion until brown.
2. Add the garlic and stir; cook for 1 minute, then add the curry powder, tomato paste, chiles, and lemon juice. Mix well and continue stirring to prevent
the mixture from burning. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
3. Add the coconut milk and stir until it boils. Decrease the heat and add the fried fish. Simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the flavors concentrate and
the sauce thickens to a creamy consistency.
4. Serve the Tanzanian Coconut Fish Curry hot with steamed rice.

Browse our How to Cook category for a full collection of recipes for all meal types and from all locations around the world!