Shrimp Curry

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This flavorful Shrimp Curry in a coconut cream sauce is loaded with veggies and served over Jasmine rice. It’s the perfect 20 minute weeknight meal for the family!

We’re getting to that busy and hectic time of the year with school, extracurricular activities, and the holidays so quick and meals like Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli or this Shrimp Curry are a necessity. Delicious, easy, and filling – a meal the whole family is sure to love!

Shrimp Curry with red peppers and snap peas over a bed of Jasmine rice.

Shrimp Curry



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I love Thai food! The food is so rich and flavorful and it’s great for making at home because it’s easy and comes together so quickly. Some of my very favorite Thai meals are Instant Pot Chicken Curry and Chicken Pad Thai.

A pan full of Shrimp Curry in a creamy coconut sauce with red peppers and sugar snap peas.

How to Make Shrimp Curry:

Like with any recipe, you should practice ‘mise en place”. It’s a French phrase meaning “everything in it’s place”. Have all your ingredients cut, measured, and ready to add to the pot. This not only helps make sure you cook everything the proper amount of time but it also is a good way to double check that you do in fact have all the ingredients needed.

To begin, you’ll need to prep your shrimp. I prefer to buy frozen shrimp that already has the shell and the vein removed. It saves a lot of time so it’s worth it to me. (Remove the tails if you don’t want to have to while eating. I left them on for looks.) All I have to do is thaw the shrimp by placing it in a bowl of cold water in the bottom of my sink for about 30 minutes, switching out the water halfway through. Drain and then season the shrimp with the spices and lime juice and allow it to sit until ready to add to the skillet.

Spooning a portion of Shrimp Curry out of a pan.

Next, you’ll start cooking the veggies. You can use olive oil or really and type of fat you have on hand. You’ll saute the onions for a few minutes and start adding in the red bell peppers, snap peas, garlic, ginger, and all the yummy spices like turmeric, coriander, cumin, and curry powder.

To make that creamy flavorful sauce you just need to add in a can of full fat coconut milk. Honestly, it’s not worth it to buy lite. It’s just watered down but you’re paying the same price. If you’re looking to cut calories and fat, just buy the full fat and water it down yourself. This will make your sauce thinner so you’ll have to compensate with adding more cornstarch to thicken it up.

A plate full of Shrimp Curry on a bed of rice and garnished with cilantro and lime wedges.

After adding the coconut milk, toss in the shrimp and bring everything to a simmer and cook until the shrimp is pink and cooked through. You can create a thicker sauce by mixing 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch with 1 1/2 teaspoons water, add it to the sauce and cook another minute.

At this point you can also stir in a classic Thai ingredient- fish sauce. This helps round out the flavor and when paired with lime juice, the fishy smell is counteracted.

Serve your curry over Jasmine rice (long grain white rice works too) and garish with fresh cilantro and lime wedges.

Close up of Shrimp Curry in a pan showing the creamy sauce, shrimp, red peppers, and sugar snap peas.

Can I Make Any Substitutions?

YES!!! Feel free to swap out the veggies for different ones you like or just use up the veggies you have hanging around in your fridge. Carrots, snow peas, sweet potatoes, spinach… all would be great in this dish. Asian dishes are the best because you can really load up on the veggies and use whatever ones you prefer. Enjoy!

Here are some more simple and delicious shrimp recipes:

Save this Shrimp Curry recipe to make for a quick weeknight meal. Enjoy!

Servings: 4
Shrimp Curry
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
Author: Melanie
Course: dinner
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Shrimp Curry

This flavorful Shrimp Curry in a coconut cream sauce is loaded with veggies and served over Jasmine rice. It's the perfect 20 minute weeknight meal for the family!

  • 1.5 pounds shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1/2 small onion thinly sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar snap peas
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground tumeric
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 13 ounce coconut milk full fat
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch + 1 1/2 teaspoon water (optional- for thicker sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce (optional)
  • Lime wedges
  • Cilantro chopped
  1. Season shrimp with salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, and lime juice. Let marinate for 10 minutes.
  2. Drizzle oil in a large skillet and heat over medium. Add the onions and cook for 3 minutes. Add in the bell peppers and cook another 2 minutes. Add the sugar snap peas, garlic, ginger, and seasonings. Cook for about 30 seconds and then pour in the coconut milk and brown sugar.
  3. Bring to a simmer and then add in the shrimp. Bring back to a simmer and cook for about 5 minutes until shrimp is pink and cooked through.
  4. If desired, stir in fish sauce and for a thickened sauce, add in the corn starch water mixture and cook another minute.
  5. Serve curry over rice and garish with cilantro or thai basil.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 437, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 18g, Cholesterol: 428mg, Sodium: 2038mg, Potassium: 516mg, Carbohydrates: 14g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 6g, Protein: 38g, Vitamin A: 1385%, Vitamin C: 70.8%, Calcium: 286%, Iron: 8.1%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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Shrimp Curry served over rice on a white plate



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Melanie is a Midwest girl currently living in Nebraska with her husband and daughters. She started rubbing elbows with her mom in the kitchen as soon as she discovered she could lick the bowl clean. She loves spending time in the kitchen creating healthy dinners and indulgent desserts for her family and friends. You can visit Melanie on her blog: Garnish & Glaze.

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