Cambodian Amok

Amok is a national dish of Cambodia. The most common version is Amok Trey with fish in a fresh coconut sauce seasoned with lemongrass, galangal, and makrut limes. Typical vegetables are local green Nhor leaves which are slightly bitter. You can make this dish with your favorite protein and vegetables. You can even add fresh pineapples.
Hands-on Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Cambodian
Servings 3


  • 1 lb fish filet*) or chicken thighs cut into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1 can coconut cream 13.5 oz
  • 1 bunch green leaves mustard, collard, or dandelion, roughly sliced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic sliced
  • cooked rice
  • vegetable or coconut oil salt

Optional (to taste)

  • lime or lemon juice
  • tamari or soy sauce or fish sauce
  • fresh red chilies chopped
  • fresh pineapple bite-size chunks

Amok Culinary Spice Kit

  • Lemongrass, galangal, lemon, turmeric, makrut lime, chili flakes, basil, bay leaves, lime peel 


  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium-low heat.
  • Fry onions with a pinch of salt until they turn translucent.
  • Add garlic and fry for 1 minute.
  • Add 1/2 cup of the coconut cream and Amok spices. Mix well.
  • Add fish or chicken and salt to taste.
  • Mix well. Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add leaves and remaining coconut cream. Cover. Bring to a boil.
  • Cook over medium-low heat until the leaves are soft and the fish or chicken is cooked.
  • Serve amok with rice.
  • Optionally, add pineapple and/ or season to taste with lime juice, tamari or fish sauce, and/ or fresh chilies.
  • Enjoy!


*) for instance: snapper, cod, or tilapia
▪ Substitute fish with sirloin beef, tofu, or more vegetables. 
▪ Substitute green leaves with bok choy, mushrooms, green asparagus, bell pepper, and/or napa cabbage.