Trader Joe’s Korma Fish Curry with Basmati Rice Review

Trader Joe's Korma Fish Curry with Basmati Rice

We’ve had both good and bad experiences with Trader Joe’s Indian-inspired food — the Chana Masala is quite good, but the Palak Paneer and Vegan Tikka Masala are somewhat disappointing. So we weren’t sure what to expect when we picked up the Trader Joe’s Korma Fish Curry with Basmati Rice. We knew this had the potential to go either way.

First off, we have to comment on how impressed we were with the size of the fish portion here. We were expecting some tiny little nuggets, but what we actually got was two substantial fillets. It’s hard to see until you actually dive in, because these fillets are drowning in sauce, but we assure you, Trader Joe’s did not skimp on the fish here.

Trader Joe's Korma Fish Curry with Basmati Rice

And it’s good fish too. It’s delicate and soft, with a melt-in-your-mouth consistency. This softness allows the fish to soak up a ton of the curry sauce, which makes it absolutely delicious.

Seriously, this sauce tastes amazing. Plus, as we mentioned earlier, there’s a ton of it here so you won’t run out halfway through your meal. We do have to warn you, however, that this is not a sauce for the weak; this is a seriously spicy dish. And it’s that Indian-food kind of spicy — the kind that stings the back of your throat and even burns your sinuses a bit. We really do think this should please anyone looking for a truly spicy frozen food.

The basmati rice isn’t all that impressive on its own. Thankfully, you should have plenty of curry sauce left over from the fish so you won’t need to eat any of the rice plain. And when it’s soaked in sauce, it’s actually really good.

Trader Joe's Korma Fish Curry with Basmati Rice

You probably can’t tell from our pictures, but there actually is a divider that separates the fish and curry sauce from the rice. This seems unnecessary, as you’ll want to use your fork to encourage the rice to jump over the border and go swimming in that delicious, spicy sauce. It tastes much better once it’s had a little swim.

This definitely isn’t the healthiest meal we’ve ever had, but at 380 calories (140 from fat), it’s actually leaner than many of Trader Joe’s other Indian-inspired dishes. It contains 760 mg of sodium, which isn’t low by any means. If you’re trying to watch your sodium levels, you’ll want to steer clear of frozen food in general, this one included.

Trader Joe’s Korma Fish Curry with Basmati Rice is surprisingly good. It’s an exceptionally spicy Indian-inspired dish with a great flavor. Now, we hesitate to say it tastes authentic, because it really doesn’t, but the flavor is just so darn good that we’re not disappointed one bit.

To learn more about the nutrition or ingredients in this frozen curry dish, check out our package scan below.

Trader Joe's Korma Fish Curry with Basmati Rice

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2 years ago

When someone says “it’s dripping in sauce” and “it’s really spicy” I know that person is white

2 years ago

This is my all-time Favorite curry at Trader Joe’s. It’s really a lovely dish. The fish is lite and firm, resting in the perfect curry to accent it. The rice is a fluffy addition. Add a salad! and it’s the perfect quick meal. Ahh. If you’re really hungry it’s okay to eat two of them. 🙂
Bon Appetit!

Last edited 2 years ago by Ruth
Jihad El Bilal
1 year ago

The portion is generous. For me, this plate was not spicy at all. The fish used here is swai or Asian catfish. It is bland and tasteless. On a scale 1 to 5, 5 being exceptional, I would rate the Korma Fish Curry as 2. It was OK but I will not buy again.

Last edited 1 year ago by Jihad El Bilal
8 months ago

Note the fish is Swai. Be sure to research it if you are concerned about farmed fish from Asia, for example

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