Pineapple Curry with Salmon

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Pineapple Curry with Salmon

Pineapple Curry or Gulai Nenas is often made with shrimps but variations with fish and salted fish do exist. Although the anglicized term for gulai is also curry, it is distinctly different from curry in that the spice mix for gulai normally consists of fresh chilies, turmeric, lemongrass, belachan (shrimp paste), and tamarind. In many cases, gulai tends to be hot, spicy, tangy, and not creamy like curries. It is definitely a Southeast Asian concoction.

The tangy taste in Gulai Nenas comes from the pineapples. The coconut milk helps mellow out the sharp taste, making it irresistible. Be sure to have lots of steamed white rice available as this dish really whets one’s appetite. Do check out my other gulai recipe on this blog, Chicken Curry with Kaffir Lime Leaves.

Pineapple Curry with Salmon

Belachan or shrimp paste is commonly found in Southeast Asian cuisine. It is made from fermented ground shrimp, sun dried, and cut into blocks. It varies in color from a pinkish grey to a dark chocolate brown. The kitchen should be well ventilated when using this ingredient as it has a very strong and potent flavor. Do buy the best quality you can find as a little of it goes a long way.

Pineapple Curry with Salmon

Pineapple Curry with Salmon

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Pineapple Curry with Salmon


  • ½ medium sized pineapple, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 lb (450g) salmon, skin removed and cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup (240ml) coconut cream
  • 1 cup (240ml) water
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • Salt
  • Spice Paste
  • 5 red Anaheim chilies
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, thinly slice the last 4 inches from the bottom
  • 5 to 6 shallots or 1 onion, cut into small pieces
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1-inch cube belachan, shrimp paste (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric


Grind spice paste ingredients, except ground turmeric, in a blender adding a little water if necessary. Remove and stir in ground turmeric.

Heat oil in a medium sized non-reactive pot. Add spice paste and fry until fragrant, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Pour in coconut cream and water. Bring to a boil. Add pineapples and salt. Bring it back to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Add salmon and continue cooking for another 3 to 4 minutes.

Serve this Pineapple Curry with Salmon with a steaming bowl of white rice.

Pineapple Curry with Salmon

If you have leftovers, dilute the sauce a little with water and add some thick rice noodles, julienned cucumber, sliced chilies, and mint leaves for a delicious bowl of Pineapple and Salmon Laksa the next day. This dish is reminiscent of the Penang Nyonya Siamese Laksa. Although it is called Siamese Laksa, this is a Nyonya dish.

Pineapple Curry with Salmon

Enjoy…..and have a wonderful day! 8-)

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33 Responses

  1. Sanyukta says:

    First time @ ur space..u hv a amazing space out here with drool worthy dishes…visit mine as time permits..
    Delicious n mouthwatering….curry looks really yum…

  2. Jeannie says:

    I certainly will enjoy this if it is in front of me now! Looks so delicious!

  3. anncoo says:

    WOW! If I cook this, I’m my cousin can eats with extra rice. Never thought of adding salmon in curry, very creative dish Biren :)

  4. Pineapple-curry-salmon – seriously??? I’m so hungry now.

  5. Lyndsey says:

    This is so interesting, and beautiful dish. I love how well you explain everything to us.

  6. An excellent curry! I like the combo of salmon and pineapple, and awesome flavors here with all the spices and ingredients you use!

  7. Wow what an interesting mix, salmon and pineapple who would have thought :) can’t wait to try it out!

  8. Oh wow, this is such a fantastic curry recipe…beautiful!

  9. LeQuan says:

    Oh dear, this is absolutely mouth watering. What a unique and flavorful way to cook salmon. Sweet, tangy, spicy, and coconutty all mixed into one dish – love it! I love that picture of the bowls side by side to create one bowl, very smart and creative, Biren. A wonderful and delicious recipe. Even though I’m slightly allergic to pineapples, I’d still love to try this.

  10. tigerfish says:

    I can eat lots and lots of this curry. Rice please! More rice please!

  11. Salmon curry? wow…that’s a luscious curry dish! The one served with cucumber looks so good!

  12. Have not tried this with salmon before! Looks really good and very appetizing!

  13. kristy says:

    Ooi…sedap betul-lah! I enjoy pineapple in curry very much. Simply delicious. Yours look really really tempting.

  14. Lea Ann says:

    Pineapple plus curry equals “I’m in”. Love the combination. I’ll have to pick up a package of the belachan next time I’m at the Oriental market. Thanks for the recipe Biren.

  15. rebecca says:

    this curry looks first class thanks for coming down under with me :-)

  16. This combo sounds interesting! A very nice step by step picture instruction to. Thanks for taking the time to do that and share with us.

  17. Wow very creative! I’d not have thought of salmon in curry to begin with ;) I bet they taste delicious too!

  18. Joanne says:

    I personally believe that salmon and curry are a match made in heaven! Love the sound of this, especially with pineapple – my favorite fruit!

  19. Wow…. I just came to your site and immediately liked your facebook page. LOL. I’m following you now! I can’t wait to see more of your recipes. Not only the photos are abosolutely gorgious, but oh boy I can imagine the taste.

    • Biren says:

      Thanks Nami for visiting and “liking”. Good to have you on board. :) I love your recipes too and hope to try out some in the days ahead.

  20. This is a beautiful and interesting dish. Thank you for posting this!

  21. Nithu says:

    Pineapple and salmon is an interesting combo. Looks so good.

  22. santosh says:

    new and gr8 combination

  23. MaryMoh says:

    Mmmm….totally delicious. I love pineapples in curry. My favourite salmon there, too. Love the colour. I need more rice :D

  24. There are few things I love more than a bowl of Gulai Nenas and I have only ever eaten it with shrimp and yes lots and lots of steamed rice..yum!! Yours looks oh so delish and long live the belacan!! smelly but yummy…..that laksa the next day is just far too tempting for words Biren :)

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  25. The pineapple salmon looks so great, I have bought a while back some shrimp paste and since it used is such small quantities I still have lots. I’ll make this dish for hubby soon, he will love it.

  26. Any dish that does double duty is a winner in my book! Your bowl of laksa looks gorgeous!! My mouth is actually watering LOL

  27. I love the use of salmon in this curry. I haven’t seen a salmon curry, and we eat salmon all the time. Lovely recipe.


  28. Lingpei Lin says:

    Hi Biren

    Tried your pineapple salmon curry and love it! Simply delicious….yum: )

    Thanks for sharing and please keep up with the good work.


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