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Ohh, this simple dairy free curry sauce is so good that I could (and do) eat it by the spoonful. This sauce has it all…amazing curry flavor, sweetness from coconut aminos and lime juice, and a smooth texture to round it all out.
This recipe uses curry powder instead of curry paste, and has no added sugar. Although you’d never guess it because its SO sweet and packed with flavor.
Sauce is King
Can I tell you a cooking tip? I think the secret to cooking simple and healthy meals is having delicious sauces you can whip up quickly. Let me explain a little more. When I meal plan dinners for the week (with this template), it typically consists of:
- protein (meat or beans)
- a couple vegetables
- small serving of carbs
- a delicious homemade sauce.
I can use the same basic ingredients in multiple meals throughout the week, and just change out the sauce for a completely different flavor. The sauce makes or breaks the meal. And in the case of the curry sauce, well, it’s a family favorite. Even my young kids like it!
Where to Use this curry sauce?
Obviously, you can use this sauce in a traditional curry with rice, veggies, and meat (or beans). This coconut chickpea curry recipe uses this exact sauce. You can also do self-serve style and set the jar of curry sauce on the table. Pour it over your bowl (or plate) of food and use as much as you like. This works well if you have picky eaters at the table. If they don’t like sauce, they don’t have to eat it.
curry sauce Recipe
Alright, time to make some delicious coconut curry sauce! In a medium sauce pan, heat the oil (we like coconut oil for this recipe) and curry powder until fragrant. Cook for about a minute and add the coconut milk* and turmeric.
I don’t reduce mine much, because I like my curry more soupy. But if you’d rather have a thicker curry (without much liquid), just reduce it until it’s how you want it. Then turn off the heat and add the lime juice, coconut aminos**, and fish sauce. Store this sauce in an air-tight jar in the fridge. It should keep for about a week.
Which Coconut Milk Should I Use?
We use full fat, unsweetened coconut milk. If you’re looking for a specific brand, here it is on Amazon. Although we get ours at Costco. I’ve seen low-fat coconut milk at the store, but I personally wouldn’t recommend it. One of the great reasons to use coconut milk is the good fats. Here’s more information on oil/fat if you’re looking to learn more.
What are coconut aminos?
Coconut aminos is a sauce that can be used as a soy-sauce replacement. It’s made from coconuts and has a sweetness that you just can’t get with soy sauce. You can use soy sauce in place of coconut aminos in this curry sauce, but the flavor will be slightly different.
Looking for more delicious homemade sauce recipes?
- Easy Pizza Sauce With Tomato Paste
- Best Homemade Peanut Dipping Sauce
- Creamy Cilantro Lime Mayo
- 5 Minute Basil Walnut Pesto
- No Cook Honey Barbecue Sauce
5 Minute Coconut Curry Sauce
A sweet and delicious coconut curry sauce. Perfect for dinner tonight!
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: about 2 cups 1x
- Category: sauce
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 Tbsp curry powder
- 1 13.5 ounce can of coconut milk
- 2 tsp ground turmeric
- 2 Tbsp coconut aminos
- 1 Tbsp fish sauce
- juice of 1/2 lime
- In a medium sauce pan, heat oil and curry powder for about a minute.
- Add the coconut milk and turmeric and heat until reduced to your desired thickness. I typically only cook it for a few minutes before taking if off the heat.
- When it’s as thick as you’d like, turn off the heat and add the lime juice, coconut aminos, and fish sauce. Stir until combined.
- Store in an air tight container in the fridge. It should keep for about a week.