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Gaeng Som Pla Salmon

Mae Jum Kaeng Som Pla Salmon recipe - Salmon thai sour curry  

Gaeng Som (sometimes spelt as Kaeng Som) is a hot and sour curry and is one of my favourite curries to eat, extremely popular in southern Thailand. I made this dish as part of my Songkran 2021 Thai Feast with you can read about here!

Some regions of Thailand have different versions of gaeng som, such as in Bangkok it is sometimes has a stronger red colour and tastes more of sweet and sour curry rather than spicy and sour! Gaeng som is also commonly referred to as ‘Gaeng Leung’ in Bangkok and other central regions, which translates to Yellow Curry. 

Which is confusing (I know) because sour curry has a completely different taste to yellow curry that uses coconut milk! Gaeng Som doesn’t use coconut milk, it has a water-based broth and the herbs and spices in the curry paste are turmeric, fresh & dried chillies and garlic with a pinch of salt. That is all - I’ll be making the paste soon to show you exactly how it’s done! So unfortunately, you can not make a sour curry from yellow curry paste.

In the cooking process, you will add tamarind and lime juice to add sourness and shrimp paste (if you wish) to add saltiness. It really is a lovely curry to have and it’s not a heavy meal to eat, so it’s great for the evenings! Let me know what you think!

Mae Jum gaeng som pla salmon recipe

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Mae Jum Kaeng Som Pla Salmon recipe - Salmon thai sour curry

Gaeng Som Pla Salmon

Southern spicy sour curry with salmon chunks and papaya slices
3.80 from 5 votes
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Course: curry, dinner, lunch, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: Curry, Hot and Spicy, Papaya, Salmon, Sour, Sour curry, spicy
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 296kcal


  • 4 Salmon Fillets
  • 200 g Green Papaya
  • 600 ml Water
  • 35 g Thai Sour Curry Paste
  • 1 Large Lime Juice
  • 1 tbsp Shrimp Paste Optional
  • 2 tbsp Fish Sauce 3 tbsp if not using shrimp paste
  • 1 tsp Palm Sugar



  • Peel the outer skin of the papaya and cut into thin slices. Be careful not to include any seeds
  • Cut each salmon fillet into 2-3 pieces and remove the skin, take out any bones if any

Cooking Method

  • Heat water in a sauce pan on medium heat and add curry paste and mix until full blended. Then bring to a boil.
  • Add palm sugar, fish sauce and shrimp paste (optional). Blend well
  • Add salmon and then papaya on top. Leave to simmer for 10 minutes, do not stir.
  • Take off heat and add lime juice before serving with freshly made Thai Jasmine rice. Enjoy!


Nutrition Facts
Gaeng Som Pla Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 296 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 136mg45%
Sodium 927mg40%
Potassium 967mg28%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 1931IU39%
Vitamin C 36mg44%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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