Make this flavor-packed Indian Style Coconut Shrimp Curry from scratch in under 30 minutes using this easy recipe (gluten-free, dairy-free).
About Indian Coconut Shrimp Curry
Indian Coconut Shrimp Curry is one of the easiest shrimp curries you can try your hands on.
No marination, no curry powder, just a handful of basic Indian spices, and you will have a bowl full of warm and comforting coconut shrimp curry on your table in no time.
Coconut curry shrimp is loaded with coconut flavors and is perfect to mop with naan bread or rice.
This recipe is gluten-free and dairy-free and can be easily doubled or tripled.
Here are a few more shrimp recipes that you will love
- Kerala Prawn Curry
- Traditional Goan Prawn Curry
- Chemmeen Roast
- Grilled Sambal Prawns
- Paprika Shrimp
- Shrimp Masala
- Hibachi Shrimp
- Shrimp Chow Mein Noodles
- Shrimp Mei Fun
Shrimp (Prawns) – Use fresh or frozen shrimp in any size that you like, small, medium, or jumbo, all works. Keep in consideration that the time of cooking will slightly differ according to the size of the prawns.
If using fresh shrimp, make sure to de-vein them. Frozen shrimps are mostly deveined and cleaned. Thaw them before using them in the curry.
Coconut Milk – Coconut milk makes this curry very creamy and flavorful.
Oil – You can use any cooking oil of your choice. For an authentic and traditional taste use coconut oil
Spice Powders – You will need coriander powder, turmeric powder, Kashmiri red chili powder, and ground black pepper.
Tamarind Paste (Tamarind Pulp) – It gives a lovely tang to the curry. Replace it with lime juice if tamarind paste is not available.
Curry Leaves – Use fresh and green curry leaves for a South Indian touch.
Others – You will also need onion, dry red chilies, green chilies, ginger garlic paste, fresh tomatoes, and salt.
Adjust the green chilies as per your liking.
How To Make Indian Coconut Shrimp Curry
Heat 3 tablespoon coconut oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
Once the oil is hot, add 15-20 curry leaves and 1 cup of finely chopped onions and cook until onions turn translucent (6-8 minutes), stirring frequently.
Add 2-3 dry red chilies (broken) and 2-3 green chilies (slit into half). Cook for a minute.
Now add 2 teaspoon ginger garlic paste and cook until the raw smell is gone (2-3 minutes).
Add ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes and ½ cup water. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
- 2 teaspoon coriander powder
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
and cook for 10-15 seconds.
Now add ½ cup of water and 1 tablespoon tamarind paste and cook for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add 1 cup coconut milk and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add 14 oz (400 g) of cleaned and deveined shrimp and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
Note – If using small shrimp, then cook them for 3-4 minutes and if using jumbo shrimp, then cook them for 6-7 minutes.
You can add ½ teaspoon brown sugar to balance the spicy and tangy taste of the curry but it is totally optional.
Check for salt and add more if needed.
Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with naan or rice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Place the unopened bag of frozen shrimp in a large bowl of cold water. Do not use hot water as it may cook the shrimp. Press the bag with a plate to hold it down. Let it sit for 20-25 minutes until the shrimp are completely thawed.
Cleaning and deveining shrimp is easier than you think. Start by rinsing shrimp in cold water and discard the ones that are discolored or slimy.
Hold the shrimp and firmly twist its head. Hold the tail, peel away the outer shell, and pull off the legs from the underside of the shell.
Now use a knife and put a small cut that runs down the length of the shrimp’s back.
Once you make a cut, you will see a small black line, it’s the vein. Use the tip of the knife to pull out the vein and discard it.
Keep the tail on or discard it. Rinse them once more with cold water and use them.
Making coconut milk at home using fresh coconut is very easy. Homemade coconut milk is free of any additives and is much more economical to make at home.
Break open a fresh coconut and take out the flesh.
Cut the flesh into small pieces and add it to a blender along with 2 cups of water.
Blend for 2 minutes.
Pass this mixture through a fine-mesh strainer. Press from the back of a ladle to get as much milk as possible. Discard the leftover coconut or use it in compost.
Transfer the milk to a glass bottle and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Stir well before use.
This curry can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in a pan or in a microwave before serving.
It is not freezer-friendly! While thawing, coconut milk will split and spoil the texture of the curry.
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Easy Indian Coconut Shrimp Curry Recipe
- 14 ounces medium shrimp (400 g, cleaned and deveined)
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil (or any other cooking oil)
- 15-20 curry leaves
- 1 cup finely chopped onions
- 2-3 dry red chilies (broken)
- 2-3 green chilies (slit into half)
- 2 teaspoons ginger garlic paste
- ½ cup finely chopped tomatoes
- 2 teaspoons coriander powder
- ½ teaspoon turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1 tablespoon tamarind paste (pulp)
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Heat coconut oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
- Once the oil is hot, add curry leaves and onions and cook until onions turn translucent (6-8 minutes), stirring frequently.
- Add dry red chilies and green chilies. Cook for a minute.
- Now add ginger garlic paste and cook until the raw smell is gone (2-3 minutes).
- Add tomatoes and ½ cup water. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add coriander powder, turmeric powder, chili powder, black pepper powder, and salt. Cook for 10-15 seconds.
- Now add ½ cup of water and tamarind paste and cook for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Add coconut milk and bring the curry to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for 2-3 minutes.
- Add shrimp and cook for another 4-5 minutes.
- Note – If using small shrimp, then cook them for 3-4 minutes and if using jumbo shrimp, then cook them for 6-7 minutes.
- You can add ½ teaspoon brown sugar to balance the spicy and tangy taste of the curry but it is totally optional.
- Check for salt and add more if needed.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve hot with naan or rice.