Curry Rice Salad with Fish and Papaya

Rice salads are easy, delectable and infinitely versatile. This curry rice salad is prepared mainly with Basmati rice, peas, pan-seared walleye fillet tossed with curry powder and olive oil, and finished off with papaya. It's perfect for a lunchbox, a picnic, and even great as a side to a summer BBQ party.

  • 125 g Basmati rice
  • 75 g Frozen peas
  • 2 tsp Curry powder
  • 1 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp Lime juice
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 180 g Walleye fillet, pan-seared
  • 1 tsp Butter
  • 50 g Carrot, diced
  • 1/3 Red onion, chopped
  • 1 Papaya
  1. Cook rice following packet directions. Add the peas 2 minutes before the end of cooking. Drain. Rinse under cold water. Drain well. Place in a large serving bowl. Add the curry powder, olive oil, lime juice, salt and freshly ground black pepper. Gently stir to combine.
  2. Season the fish with salt and pepper. Melt the butter in a non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook the walleye fillet until golden brown. Remove fish and cut into half-inch pieces. Dice the carrot and red onion.
  3. Add the fish, carrot, and red onion to the rice. Halve the papaya lengthwise and remove the seeds. Scoop out some flesh and add into the rice salad. Fill the papaya shells with rice salad or just serve them in a bowl.


Suchitra Vaidyaram 16/3/11 20:51

love the way you have decorated the rice on papaya- the rice looks delicious!

Maria 16/3/11 20:51

Wow, this looks amazing Angie! So colourful and fresh!

Rosa's Yummy Yums 16/3/11 21:07

Beautiful and very original!



something good 16/3/11 21:08

My husband is always making fun of me cause I like stuffed things; stuffed pineapple, stuffed peppers, stuffed zucchini, stuffed aubergines etc... I am able to stuff virtually anything if this means to put two of the kind together:)
So, yes, I like your recipe a lot!!! That papaya looks amazing!

Bo 16/3/11 21:15

That is such a beautiful plate!

Carolyn 16/3/11 21:36

Oh, I just love your presentation here! Looks so good right out of the papaya. What a great dish!

pigpigscorner 16/3/11 22:12

I like the idea of using papaya! Very creative!

tinyskillet 16/3/11 22:15

I just love your photos and presentation! I have tried quinoa, couscous, orzo pasta, bulgar wheat and many thing for salads. We have rice all the time why haven't I made a salad of rice yet? Maybe I was waiting for this perfect recipe! Yum!

Unknown 16/3/11 22:31

What a wonderful salad. You are very creative with your flavours. I am loving this. I can't wait for the summer to give this a go, eat outdoor and cold cider. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

Ana Rita Marreiros 16/3/11 22:51

Great presentation!!!I 'm fun of papaya but never thought making it with fish and curry...A lovelly sugestion!!


Jocie's Mom 16/3/11 23:46

Sexy looking dish! I love the presentation. Hope you saved the seeds for your winged friends! The parrots in Cayman go loopy for them :)

Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe

Reeni 17/3/11 00:55

The presentation is so pretty Angie! And it's so fresh and bright looking, not to mention delicious!

Stevie 17/3/11 01:13

This dish is soooo beautiful! I love papaya and using it to present the meal instead of a plate is wonderful! I'd never thought of making something like this, which looks so ambitious, as a BBQ or picnic type dish, but you make it sound so easy that it probably could be done. Are there other kinds of fish that you could use instead of walleye, as that one is not very common here?

Torviewtoronto 17/3/11 01:25

beautiful presentation looks delicious

Kate @ 17/3/11 02:15

This looks and sounds absolutely delicious! The combination of ingredients and the simplicity of love it!

Victor 17/3/11 03:33

Spot on! This is my kind of food.

Belinda @zomppa 17/3/11 03:41

You need to start charging people to eat your food - gorgeous composition and flavors.

My Little Space 17/3/11 03:59

Angie, I love your combination with papaya. Very exotic with the curry flavour rice as well. Gorgeous presentation! Invite me or not? Haha... Enjoy your day, sweetie!

Angie's Recipes 17/3/11 06:37

Cod would be a great alternative, but any white fleshed fish would be just as great.


I love that it's served in the papaya! Beautiful!

denise @ bread expectations 17/3/11 07:14

Really colourful and so beautiful! I'm really enjoying the healthy dishes you've been posting lately! Keep them coming :)

Ivy 17/3/11 07:23

I've never tried papaya before, except in a drink but the rice salad looks awesome.

Simones Kitchen 17/3/11 07:37

I love rice salads and this looks absolutely delicious! Thanks for visiting my blog so I could discover yours!

Anonymous 17/3/11 08:06

What a superb rice salad idea.
:-) Mandy

ann low 17/3/11 08:25

Angie, really wish I stay next to you so that you can share all your healthy and delicious salad with me :)

Unknown 17/3/11 08:42

Lovely salad and dressing

Joanne 17/3/11 11:51

I love how vibrant this looks as well as the presentation of serving it IN a papaya!

Heather S-G 17/3/11 12:00

So beautiful! I love curried rice and the papaya makes it so fresh and inviting. Simply gorgeous :D

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets 17/3/11 12:50

I love the presentation and anything curried is up my alley.

Janine 17/3/11 12:56

i've heard of pineapple rice but not papaya rice but why not right! it looks really delicious :D

Priya Suresh 17/3/11 14:19

Awesome presentation, beautiful salad.

Unknown 17/3/11 14:22

I love's so versatile. Add a little curry to it and wow!! Love it!

Awayofmind Bakery Hoiuse 17/3/11 15:10

Wow! Angie, I love your curry rice, when it served in a papaya, this is really awesome!!

Tina 17/3/11 15:13

beautiful clicks and salad....simply superb.

Dimah 17/3/11 17:29

This looks so delicious and fresh!

Gloria Baker 17/3/11 17:36

Angie this look absolutely spectacular and delicious! gloria

alison 17/3/11 18:14

very creative dish and a beautiful presentation!

sweetlife 17/3/11 18:58

love this creative dish, a perfect spring lunch!!


Sara @ Saucy Dipper 17/3/11 19:05

This is awesome in so many different ways that I don't even know where to begin. You had me at curry rice...

Unknown 17/3/11 19:41

This is most pretty and you know how to grab people's attention towards ur food :D

Unknown 17/3/11 19:51

That is simply gorgeous, there's no two bones about it. The presentation is perfect, and paired with curried rice, fish, and veggies? Sounds like heaven!

Sprigs of Rosemary 17/3/11 20:03

This does look absolutely wonderful. My husband and I go fishing for walleye every year, and on this year's trip, I'm taking this recipe!

Anonymous 17/3/11 20:31

I just found your blog and love it. Such beautiful photos! It makes me want to rush to the store to purchase ingredients and cook up a storm. I am really interested in the Vermont Spelt recipe. What size are your round and oval proofing baskets? I found a website with great prices for the baskets with lots of sizes to choose from -- 4lb down to 8oz. I have no idea what to purchase. Would you be able to advise -- 1.1 lb or the 2.2 lb baskets? I'm sure I won't be making a 4lb loaf of bread and I could gobble down the 8oz. :) Thanks, Annette

Angie's Recipes 17/3/11 20:54

Hi Annette, thanks for stopping by and your kind words. Mine are 750g (round) and 1kg (oval). I bet you wouldn't want to just buy one..what about one for 500g, and the other slightly bigger, say...750g or 1000g?

Anonymous 17/3/11 22:34

Hello Angie! You have such a lovely blog! This salad sounds wonderful, and you fixed it so pretty! Very yummy!


tasteofbeirut 18/3/11 01:54

If I could find papayas as pretty and juicy as this one, I would make this in a heartbeat! Looks fantastic and like you say, great for a fancy picnic.

tigerfish 18/3/11 02:08

Wow, now I can eat one of my fav. fruits with curry rice. How good it is! Very creative too!

Claudia 18/3/11 02:49

I am sending this to me - so many times I forget where I saw things (I always think I'll remember). I love rice salads and have never done it with curry. Using the mango really pleases - the sweet and the spice and the color.

Katie@Cozydelicious 18/3/11 03:04

This is so beautiful! I love the idea of serving an antree in a papaya! I bet this would be great with shrimp too, instead of eth fish.

kitchen flavours 18/3/11 03:22

Wow! Wow! Wow! Makes me want to dig in!

chow and chatter 18/3/11 03:36

wow what a beautiful salad :-)

Prerna@IndianSimmer 18/3/11 03:43

Oh wow, that's a unique and new way to served a salad and I'm sure curry in rice would have made it ever so good!

Lisa H. 18/3/11 04:33

Yummy and you are making me hungry... :)

Lauren 18/3/11 11:25

I think we have the same taste in food. Avocados, papayas. This looks interesting and delicious. Thanks for walleye information.

wenn 18/3/11 13:48

wow, looks scrumptious! i want!

A Canadian Foodie 18/3/11 14:02

I love rice salads,Angie. Leftover rice freezes so beautifully - and many people do not know that, so a salad is a perfect solution for it. I LOVE your papaya presentation. GORGEOUS!

Elisabeth 18/3/11 14:31

Sping is here, for sure. What a gorgeous and creative idea to serve this delicious rice and fish salad in the papaya shell. Angie, you always come up with the most creative dishes, that are so exotic with all the spices that are bursting with colors and flavors:D

Jeannie 18/3/11 14:46

Papaya in fried rice? This sounds like an amazing combination! I like the papaya "plate" a lot:D

Peggy 18/3/11 14:55

This rice sounds amazing. It's absolutely gorgeous in the presentation, as well!

Mary Bergfeld 18/3/11 15:54

This really looks delicious. I love the addition of curry powder to the rice salad. Your presentation is amazing. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

ray 18/3/11 16:18

Oh wow Angie, this is INSANE! I've never seen anything like this. What a beautiful photo, I love it!

Jean | Delightful Repast 18/3/11 18:49

Angie, what a beautiful dish! And a delicious combination of flavors. Must try it soon!

Unknown 18/3/11 19:09

Oh, this is just stunning, very tropical. Eating this would make me want to wear a bikini :D
*kisses* HH

Devaki 18/3/11 21:08

What an incedible incredible way to eat papaya stuffed with yummy basmati, curry and fish! Whoa a party in the mouth right there!!!

chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Magic of Spice 19/3/11 03:01

That looks fantastic Angie! I love rice salads and adore papaya, this has my name all over it :)

TasteHongKong 19/3/11 05:50

The rice salad is already enticing not to mention that you have it served in a papaya.

tinytearoom 19/3/11 14:44

this looks so fresh and vibrant. fantastic idea to serve it on a halved papaya. it will surely wow guests.

Ang 19/3/11 15:43

Hey Angie, thanks for the follow on my site. As you can see, I'm not to far along in the blog world, but boy am I glad you stopped by. I love your site! Every picture looks so good I had a hard time picking which one I wanted to see first. This dish looks amazing and I'm thinking a nice lunch with the girls will be perfect for this:)

She's Cookin' 19/3/11 18:15

This has me dreaming of Hawaii! Papaya is my favorite tropical fruit and it serves as such a beautiful presentation for the curry rice salad - and fresh walleye!

Mother Rimmy 20/3/11 04:03

I don't think I'll wait until Seattle is ready for BBQ weather to try these. I could be waiting forever. Lovely dish!

Swigs and Grinds 20/3/11 04:50

That looks good, healthy & beautiful! It's one of those days where I want someone to cook for ME, so instead I'll eat vicariously at your blog!

theUngourmet 22/3/11 07:12

I love this rice salad! What a fun presentation too! I'm so ready for summer fun!

FOODESSA 22/3/11 22:21 do take some of the most appetizing photos.
The bonus are the ingredient pairings...always interesting ;o)

Flavourful wishes,

Anonymous 25/3/11 04:52

This is super cool! I'm a sucker for awesome presentation and this definitely won me over!

MaryMoh 26/3/11 18:15

I make fried rice a lot but seldom curry fried rice. I need to make again. Thanks very much for reminding. Your fried rice looks irresistible in the papaya skin! I must keep the papaya skin next time :D

Kim - Liv Life 30/3/11 23:03

Gorgeous, gorgeous photos! I'm a huge papaya fan and haven't found any in a few months... you have me dreaming of summer!

keri 6/4/11 14:28

LOL, that answers my question.


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