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Shrimp Curry With Coconut Milk

This is a quick and easy recipe, loaded with vegetables and all good stuff. I was asked to come up with a simple, nutritious curry. So here it is, feel free to leave a comment. If you make variations i'd love to know what you did and how it came out. I love to see other peoples end results and varying interpretations. Enjoy!


TOTAL: 45 Minutes

PREP : 20 Minutes

COOK: 25 Minutes



600g Shrimp 25-30 Pieces

3 T Oil

1 Bay Leaf

3-5 Dried Whole Cayenne Peppers

5 Garlic Cloves, thinly sliced

1T Ginger Grated

8 Large Basil Leaves, roughly chopped

1/2T- 1T Habanero Pepper, diced

150g/ 11/2 Cups Spring Onions, thinly sliced (separate light and dark)

50g Onions, sliced

250g Carrots, Sliced

150g Green Peppers, sliced

800g / 2 400g Cans Of Coconut Milk

2 Stock Cubes (optional)

1 T Curry

1 T Dried Peppers Flakes

Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper


  1. Devein, clean, dry and season shrimp with salt and pepper. Set aside.

  2. In a medium size pot, heat up oil, add dried cayenne, bayleaf and cook for 1-2mins to extract flavor, then add ginger, garlic and half of the basil cook for 1-2 mins.

  3. Add red onions and carrots cook for 5 minutes, then add green peppers cook for another 3 mins or until carrots and peppers are half way cooked.

  4. Add the light part of the spring onions (scallions), season with salt, pepper, curry powder, stock cube and continue to cook on medium heat for another 5mins.

  5. Add coconut milk, bring up to a boil, add dried pepper flakes, shrimp and reduce to a simmer.

  6. Cook for about 2-3 mins, turn off heat as soon as shrimp start to turn pink. Be careful not to overcook them, they cook very quickly, keep in mind that the heat from the sauce will continue to cook them even after the heat is off. Overcooked shrimp is very rubbery and chewy.

  7. Lastly, adjust seasoning and the rest of the basil and dark part spring onions (scallions).

  8. Serve as a soup or over brown, white rice, quinoa or steamed fonio (acha) or couscous. Garnish with a whole basil leaf and the dried cayenne peppers from the curry


  • Depending on the size of your shrimp it may take a longer or shorter time to cook.

  • If you’re serving as a soup you may want to add about 200g more of Coconut Milk to the recipe and add a little bit more of the seasonings.

  • Cooking time of the vegetables will depend of the size of the cut. Use your discretion.


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Jun 10, 2018

Thanks for this the recipe Zuhra I’m definitely making this soon. i look forward to more easy recipes from you.:)

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