This dish is ready in less than 15 minutes, thanks to jarred Thai red curry paste. Be sure to use underripe or barely ripe bananas, which are less sweet and hold together well in the sauce.
In a 10-inch straight-sided sauté pan, whisk the coconut milk and curry paste until smooth.
Sprinkle the fish with 1/2 tsp. salt; then sprinkle with the lime zest. Squeeze a lime half over the fish.
Bring the coconut-curry mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat and then arrange the fillets in the pan, skinned side down. Add the white parts of the scallions, cover the pan, and simmer, adjusting the heat as necessary, for 2 minutes. Add the bananas and half of the peanuts to the sauce. Sprinkle half of the cilantro over the top. Cover the pan and continue to simmer until the fish flakes easily but is slightly translucent rather than fully opaque at the very center (check with a paring knife), 2 to 4 minutes. Squeeze the remaining lime half over the fish. Top with the scallion greens and the remaining peanuts and cilantro, and serve.
Serve with Steamed Jasmine Rice and Gingery Sautéed Carrots.
nutrition information (per serving):
33, Fat Calories
300, Saturated Fat
42, Monounsaturated Fat
28, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips