Coconut Curry Sauce | AIP Recipe | & Ophiuchus

Coconut Curry Sauce is a great way to jazz up ANY dish. Chicken, lamb, pork, fish, vegetables, even try with eggs. And this is an AIP recipe!

Coconut Curry Sauce is a great way to jazz up ANY dish.  Chicken, lamb, pork, fish, vegetables, even try with eggs.  And this is an AIP recipe!

What's your sign?

Last weekend I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, Stuff You Should Know.  I listen to them in 1.3-1.5 x normal speed so I can get through them faster.  It's a little chipmunky, but now listening to them on the normal setting makes them sound really slow – like they just suffered a head injury slow.  Anyway, I find Chuck and Josh absolutely comical and enjoy their tangents almost as much as the content.  I also dig Chuck's man-giggle (I can't be the only man-giggler).

The episode that I want to share with you was about horoscopes and astrology.  Now, I don't put a lot of stock in this – at all – but I do find it entertaining and know a number of people who do pay attention to what the stars are saying.   ButI thought there were some really interesting points in this episode:

  • many ancient civilizations have had some form of astrology,
  • Babylonians, the guys who are responsible for the beginnings our current system of astrology actually observed 13 zodiac signs, but for some reason only included 12 in the calendar (probably because they had adopted a 12-month calendar so it fit nicely),

And this is probably the most shocking thing I learned:

  • NASA has recently updated the calendar to reflect where Earth is in reference to the astrological constellations in the sky.  The result:  the 13th sign was included and the dates are now different than the ones that we've always been told!  So you may not actually be the zodiac sign that you thought you were!

Oh man!  The identity crises that this is going to cause for so many people!

I am the exception to the rule!  Me & Taylor Swift…

It turns out that not only am I not the sign that I thought I was, but I'm actually the 13th sign!!!  It's called Ophiuchus (ah-fee oo-kas), the “Serpent Bearer”.  And since none of the papers I've ever seen have included Ophiuchus, my obvious conclusion is that I am the exception to the rule!  (So is Taylor Swift, FYI.)  Hey, it's written in the stars.


Image Source: Hubble Source.
Image Source: Suberic.

I haven't learned much about the mysterious 13th zodiac.  But did read in a few places that doctors and healers are supposed to be associated with this sign.  Hmmm…

For all my Ophiuchus brothers and sisters, welcome to the club.  To all those who are now suffering from an identity crisis, I'm excited about the possibilities that the “new you” has in front of you!  It's the first day of the rest of your life!

Right.  Back to the Coconut Curry Sauce AIP recipe.  This is based on the Fenugreek Cream Curry that we made with lamb (to be totally honest, I slightly prefer the flavor of the fenugreek leaves).  But Holley has been on an AIP diet which means that she couldn't have it, sooooo…  I adapted it to be an AIP recipe and violà: Coconut Curry Sauce AIP recipe.

Coconut Curry Sauce is a great way to jazz up ANY dish. Chicken, lamb, pork, fish, vegetables, even try with eggs. And this is an AIP recipe!

Coconut Curry Sauce | AIP Recipe

  • Author: Raj
  • Cook Time: 10-20 min
  • Total Time: 10-20 min
  • Yield: 250-400 ml (depending on how thick you want)
  • Category: Sauce
  • Method: stove-top


  • 1 can (400ml) coconut milk
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic (diced)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 tsp celery leaves (diced)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp tumeric


  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp saffron


  1. Stir coconut milk, salt, saffron, and lemon juice together in a large bowl.
  2. Heat olive oil or avocado oil over medium heat in a saucepan and saute garlic until golden brown. Add celery leaves and then turmeric and continue to heat for another minute. Add cream mixture, cooking for 5 minutes or until boiling gently.
  3. Continue to simmer over medium heat for another 5-15 minutes until desired thickness is achieved (cooking down to 250ml will form a nice thick sauce for coating or dipping).


This sauce is great on EVERYTHING! Lamb, fish, chicken, pork, beef, vegetables, and you can bet that I'll be trying it with eggs.

Oh! And make it ahead of time and freeze it.

Coconut Curry Sauce is a great way to jazz up ANY dish. Chicken, lamb, pork, fish, vegetables, even try with eggs. And this is an AIP recipe!

About the Author:

I’m trained as a pharmacist, but my passion lies in changing people’s mental and physical health through amazing food… and laughter. I’ll laugh at my own jokes even if you don’t. I love food. Lust may be a more appropriate word. Prepare to get your Paleo-induced drool-on!


  1. Lisa April 25, 2017 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    This sounds delicious! Feels like hollandaise upgraded!!!

    • Raj April 25, 2017 at 10:39 pm

      Interesting take. I didn’t think of it like that, but I guess similar in its versatility. But this is also WAYYYY easier to make!

  2. Anne Lyon April 26, 2017 at 5:31 am - Reply

    soooo should #1 in the instructions be at the end? or just deleted altogether.. ps love your emails and the blog 🙂

    • Raj April 26, 2017 at 9:53 am

      Thanks Anne!

      Yes, sorry, corrected now. New recipe plugin, my work-flow is changed and somehow that was overlooked.

      Glad you enjoy our stuff! I’ve been trying to find my writing voice again!

  3. Karam April 26, 2017 at 5:49 am - Reply

    Amazing that it takes O amount of time to make. Bonus! I like the new look to the recipe portion!

    • Raj April 26, 2017 at 9:56 am

      Thanks Dad.

      Yeah, the new recipe cards are still being customized. When it’s zero time entered, it shouldn’t show up. I’ll get the developers to double check that.

  4. Jacqueline McCal April 26, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

    The instructions seem out of order. Should steps one and two be reversed?

    • Raj April 26, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Thanks for the question Jacqueline, my bad. It’s fixed now. Was doing some last minute changes and got distracted editing the recipe last night. Cheers!

  5. lynn April 27, 2017 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Looks delicious! I love your writing!

    • Raj April 27, 2017 at 8:55 am

      Thanks Aunty Lynn!

      I feel like my writing voice faded for a bit there but I’m trying to get it back.

  6. flabstofitness May 1, 2017 at 7:58 am - Reply

    Oooh I love a good curry! I’ve never added saffron to my coconut-based ones before… sounds delicious!

    • Raj May 1, 2017 at 2:05 pm

      Yeah, I wanted to give it a little more depth to make up for not being able to use paprika or any peppers.

  7. Renee Kohley May 1, 2017 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    We LOVE curry in this house! This looks so creamy and rich too. The coconut cream will make it perfect for my little ones to tame the heat! Thanks!

  8. Michele Spring May 1, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    Ok… so thanks for diverting half of my evening into reading up on the new astrology symbols. I’m apparently now as Sagittarius instead of a Capricorn. WTF? Last time I read a capricorn “profile” I was spot on, so does that now mean Sagittarius is the symbol of anal retentive, creative, ambitious, overly sensitive individuals such as myself? haha. Ack, the identity crisis!

    • Raj May 3, 2017 at 12:10 am

      Lmao …er, sorry Michele. Sag is great. I used to be one lol

  9. Emily @ Recipes to Nourish May 1, 2017 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    This coconut curry sauce sounds so delicious! I love that you added celery leaves to it. I bet that adds a really lovely, subtle flavor.

  10. Jo Romero May 2, 2017 at 11:56 am - Reply

    I love the look of this curry sauce – I make something similar but would never have thought of adding saffron – what a lovely touch! Will give it a try, thanks!

  11. Kari - Get Inspired Everyday! May 3, 2017 at 9:06 am - Reply

    This sauce looks incredibly luscious, and I love the addition of saffron!

  12. STACEY CRAWFORD May 4, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    Yum! I’m all about delicious sauces! They make the meal. This sauce sounds wonderful 🙂 Will have to figure out if my horoscope has changed (interesting).

  13. chihyusmith May 4, 2017 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    I love making homemade curry sauce. It’s so easy and totally delicious. Thanks for sharing !

  14. Anya@Prepare+Nourish May 5, 2017 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I love the creaminess and the curry flavor of this sauce. I’m planning to try this next time we have lamb.

    • Raj May 6, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      If you are ok with (and can find) fenugreek leaves, I’d recommend the version we have on the Lam Popsicles recipe. Just a little bit stronger flavor to go with the lamb. This would work great too, but I think the other version would stand up to the lamb just a touch better.

    • Holley May 10, 2017 at 3:02 pm

      Unless you are AIP- then avoid that fenugreek! I didn’t find a definitive answer if the leaves were okay over the seeds.

    • Kathleen January 14, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      It is neither nut/seed nor nightshade, so it should be fine with AIP. I guess you will not find any special comment on fenugreek leaves, because they are so special, no one cares about them.

    • Raj January 15, 2018 at 1:29 pm

      Hi Kathleen,

      Thanks for commenting on our Coconut Curry Sauce page. I’m not really sure what you were trying to say there or if you had a question.

      If you’re wondering about AIP friendly ingredients, I recommend checking out this site as a wonderful reference:

      I hope your New Year is going well! Thanks again for reaching out!

  15. Jessica May 5, 2017 at 6:48 pm - Reply

    I love that this sauce looks easy and would literally be good on everything!

  16. thecastawaykitchen May 6, 2017 at 10:32 am - Reply

    I LOVE that this is NIGHTSHADE FREE!!!!! I’m totally making this… and the saffron! oh lawdy!

    • Raj May 6, 2017 at 12:07 pm

      Lol thanks Cristina!

      Saffron fan eh?

    • Raj May 6, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      No nightshades is challenging!

  17. Kendra May 17, 2017 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    I want to bathe in this sauce, looks so delicious!

    • Raj May 17, 2017 at 10:02 pm

      Color me intrigued! lol

  18. Ana November 18, 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    So good! I didn’t have any saffron on hand but the sauce was awesome without it. Cooked chicken and butternut squash in with the curry; looking forward to leftovers tomorrow!

    • Raj November 20, 2017 at 12:29 pm

      NICE! That sounds delicious!

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