This easy recipe for Shrimp Curry is a bold and flavorful way to enjoy succulent shrimp. A simple curry sauce is made using fresh vegetables and curry paste for the perfect weeknight meal that is made from start to finish in just 60 minutes or less!
Even though we love cooking, sometimes we get in some serious dinner ruts. While we love making classics like Chicken Green Beans & Potatoes, sometimes a good spicy seafood meal just does the trick!
This shrimp curry is the perfect way to spice up your dinner routine. For this recipe, you’ll make a simple curry sauce that’s made by sauteing aromatic vegetables along with Thai red curry paste. The shrimp gets cooked right in the flavorful sauce before coconut milk and other seasonings are added to make a thick and creamy curry.
Make this dish as spicy as you desire to fit your personal tastes. Shrimp curry tastes best served over a bed of white rice or your favorite grain along with some fresh lime and cilantro. The entire meal is made in about an hour which is perfect for any weeknight or when you’re having friends over.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- This easy curry dinner uses simple ingredients you can find in any grocery store, especially those with an international section.
- Shrimp is a great way to get in a good source of protein and it cooks quickly.
- It’s great for a night where you’re short on time but craving something with lots of flavors.
- You can adjust the seasonings and spices to your personal tastes.
- Serve it over any grain you desire to make it a full meal.
- There’s no need to order takeout when you can have homemade shrimp curry made from scratch.
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Cooking Oil – You’ll need some olive oil or vegetable oil to saute the vegetables and aromatics.
- Onion & Garlic – Infuses this shrimp curry with the bold flavors of garlic and onion.
- Peppers – A mix of bell peppers and jalapeno peppers is used to infuse the dish with a fresh bell pepper taste and a kick of spice.
- Fresh Ginger – Adds a bold zesty spice to the flavor of the curry and pairs well with the rest of the ingredients.
- Thai Curry Paste – Gives this dish its classic curry flavor with a special blend of spices. You can use any brand you prefer.
- Small Shrimp – Adds protein and texture to the dish and gives the curry a deep seafood flavor. You’ll need small shrimp with tails off that have been peeled and cleaned.
- Baby Corn – Gives this curry texture and natural sweetness.
- Coconut Milk – Adds a creamy dairy-free texture to the sauce that holds all the flavors well.
- Chicken Broth – Helps thin out the curry sauce while adding flavor and nutrients.
- Lime Juice – Gives the curry sauce a hint of acidity that helps cut through all the spices.
- Fish Sauce – Adds a bold fish flavor that is salty and fresh.
- Salt – Balances and enhances all of the flavors in the dish and can be adjusted according to your tastes.
How To Make Homemade Shrimp Curry
- Saute the vegetables: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the chopped bell pepper, onion, and jalapeno. Saute for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables become fragrant and tender.
- Add the aromatics: To the cooked vegetable mix, stir in the curry paste, garlic, and ginger. Saute until everything becomes fragrant for about one minute. Make sure the heat is low enough so nothing burns.
- Cook the shrimp: To the flavored mixture, add the shrimp with tongs and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side or until they are cooked through and no longer opaque.
- Assemble the curry: Once the shrimp is cooked through, add the baby corn, coconut milk, broth, lime juice, fish sauce, and salt. Stir to combine all of the ingredients. Turn the heat down to a simmer and cover the pan. Simmer for 20-30 minutes and remove from the heat when the desired thickness is reached.
- Garnish and serve: Add your favorite cooked grain to individual bowls, then spoon the shrimp curry over top. Garnish with lime wedges and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.
- When purchasing your shrimp, make sure they are smaller in size. They also need to be cleaned with no tails on. This will help them cook evenly in the pot with the curry.
- Always watch your vegetables when sauteing until fragrant as they can easily brown too much and burn. Burnt garlic and ginger can add a bitter taste to the curry.
- The curry sauce will thicken as it simmers, it will also thicken more as it cools.
- When making any curry, be sure to taste test as you go to make sure the flavors are balanced.
Variations & Substitutions
- Don’t like shrimp? Try using chicken, beef, or pork instead. Just make sure the meat is fully cooked through before serving.
- Vegan Curry: You can easily make this shrimp curry vegan by omitting the shrimp and fish sauce. Be sure to check the label on your curry paste, too!
- Low Carb Shrimp Curry: If you’re watching your carbs, try serving shrimp curry over a bed of cauliflower rice.
- Bump up the vegetables by adding some mushrooms, zucchini, or some freshly diced tomato to the mix.
- If you don’t like coconut milk, you can also use heavy cream for a rich creamy curry.
- If you don’t tolerate spice well, you can omit the jalapeno and buy a curry paste with a little less spice.
Storing and Freezing
Storing: This shrimp curry can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.
Freezing: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag with as much air removed as possible. Freeze for 3-4 months before thawing overnight in the fridge before serving. The coconut milk may separate when reheating and can use a good stir!
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or vegetable oil
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
- 1 white onion, sliced
- ½ jalapeno, seeded and diced
- 2 tablespoons red curry paste
- 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic or garlic paste
- 2 teaspoons finely minced ginger or ginger paste
- 1 pound small shrimp, peeled with the tails off
- 1 (15 ounce) can baby corn, drained
- 1 (13.5 ounce) can coconut milk
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 teaspoon fish sauce
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Then add the red bell pepper, onion and jalapeno, and cook for about 5 minutes or until the bell pepper becomes tender.
- Stir in the curry paste, garlic and ginger and cook for about one minute or until the garlic becomes fragrant.
- Add the shrimp and cook until they are pink and have started to curl up, about 3-5 minutes.
- Add the baby corn, coconut milk, broth, lime juice, fish sauce and salt. Stir to combine then reduce the heat to low medium. Cover the pan, and let the curry simmer for 20-30 minutes or until it reaches your desired thickness.
- Serve with sliced jalapeno, lime wedges and fresh cilantro leaves for garnish if desired.
- See post for storage options.
*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1.5 cups of shrimp curry and does not include rice. Actual calories will vary.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 1200mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 19g
*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.