Perfect for a weeknight dinner, this simple coconut curry shrimp recipe is made with easy-to-find ingredients and has a creamy, flavorful sauce with just a little heat and a hint of sweetness.
Loads of garlic and fresh ginger, along with curry powder, turmeric and a dash of sriracha combine with coconut milk, ketchup and a splash of orange juice to make the sauce.
A few minutes of simmering will bring those flavors together, then all that’s left to do is cook the shrimp until tender and finish the dish with a handful of chopped scallions and fresh cilantro.
You’ll definitely want to serve this dish over steamed rice (we happen to like basmati) to be sure you soak up every drop of the yummy sauce.
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Coconut Curry Shrimp
- 1-1/2 lbs jumbo, 21-30 per lb shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on
- 2 tablespoons coconut, or canola oil
- 1-1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
- 4 to 5 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon sriracha, or more to taste
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 1/3 cup ketchup
- 1-2/3 cups coconut milk (regular or light)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 scallions, sliced
- 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- Steamed basmati or white rice, 4 servings
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add the ginger and sauté for 1 minute, then add the garlic and continue cooking until soft and fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes longer. Do not brown.
- Sprinkle the garlic and ginger with the curry powder and turmeric, combine to moisten the spices and sauté for 1 minute.
- Add the sriracha, orange juice and ketchup and combine well. Whisk in the coconut milk until blended and bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Season the sauce to taste with salt and pepper and add more curry powder and/or sriracha if desired.
- Reduce the heat on the sauce just enough for it to stop bubbling. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Turn up the heat and bring the sauce back to a simmer.
- Add the shrimp and stir to coat with sauce. Cook for 2 minutes, then add the scallions and half of the cilantro.
- Continue cooking until the shrimp are opaque all the way through, 1 to 2 minutes longer.
- To serve, make a bed of rice on four serving plates or shallow bowls. Top each with a portion of shrimp, spoon on the sauce and garnish with the remaining cilantro.