Make the curry sauce:
In a small saucepan, heat 3 Tbs. of the coconut milk over low heat. Add the curry paste; stir to dissolve. Let the mixture simmer until fragrant, about 2 minutes, stirring to prevent burning. Add the chicken broth, remaining coconut milk, fish sauce, sugar, and turmeric. Simmer until slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. In a separate small bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the water. Use this to thicken the sauce by adding 1 tsp. at a time and stirring well. Just before serving, stir in the lemon juice.
Prepare the sea bass:
In a bowl, combine the lemongrass, red pepper flakes, garlic, turmeric, salt, sugar, and water. Add the sea bass, turning to cover it, and marinate for about 20 minutes.
In a nonstick frying pan large enough to hold the fish, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the fillets and cook until just done, 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Remove from the heat and drain on paper towels. Serve the fish in a pool of green curry sauce..
Make Ahead Tips
The green curry sauce will keep, covered and refrigerated, for about a week.
For any dish with spicy heat, a sweeter wine gives you the best balance. Fruity-floral Rieslings and Gewürztraminers are ideal. Try Kabinett-level Rieslings from Gunderloch and Zilliken. Or try these varietals: from California, Edmeades’ Mendocino Gewürztraminer or Bonny Doon’s Pacific Rim Riesling; or from the Pacific Northwest, Amity Gewürztraminer of Oregon or Hogue Riesling from Washington.
nutrition information (per serving):
with 1/4 cup sauce;
Photo: Alan Richardson