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Curried Coconut Shrimp

Scott Phillips

Servings: four.



  • 1/2 cup coarsely shredded coconut, preferably unsweetened
  • 3 Tbs. canola or peanut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 Tbs. coarsely chopped ginger
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt; more to taste
  • 2 tsp. Madras hot curry powder
  • 3/4 cup canned diced tomatoes with their juices
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 lb. shrimp (26 to 30 or 21 to 25 per lb.), peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbs. fresh lime juice

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on four servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 350
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 240
  • Fat (g): 27
  • Saturated Fat (g): 14
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 7
  • Cholesterol (mg): 170
  • Sodium (mg): 610
  • Carbohydrates (g): 10
  • Fiber (g): 3
  • Protein (g): 20


  • In a 12-inch skillet over medium heat, toast the coconut, tossing often, until lightly browned, 2 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  • Heat 1-1/2 Tbs. of the oil in the skillet over medium heat until shimmering hot. Add the onion and ginger, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. of the salt, and cook, stirring, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the curry powder and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and coconut milk and cook, stirring, until the mixture reduces slightly, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to a blender and purée. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Toss the shrimp with the remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and several grinds of pepper. Rinse and dry the skillet. Set over medium-high heat until hot, 1 minute. Add the remaining 1-1/2 Tbs. oil and once it’s shimmering hot, add the shrimp. Cook without touching for about 2 minutes, allowing the shrimp to brown nicely. Flip and cook until they turn almost completely pink (but are not quite cooked through), about 1-1/2 more minutes.
  • Add the curry sauce and simmer, stirring, until the shrimp are cooked through and the sauce is hot, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in half of the cilantro and half of the lime juice. Season to taste with more salt, pepper, and the remaining lime juice. Serve sprinkled with the toasted coconut and the remaining cilantro.


Rate or Review


  • Harp | 11/29/2014

    Nothing short of spectacular. This one goes in my special meal list. Served on jasmine rice with a salad based on mandarin oranges, red onion, tomatoes and romaine with raspberry vinaigrette for the perfect offsetting flavors.

  • tonyalfrey | 04/17/2014

    This stuff is really good. I'm just a dad that needs to cook for his daughter and this was straightforward and excellent. Maybe one or two more steps than cooking hamburgers but nothing short of perfect with some jasmine rice.

  • Artsymom75 | 08/14/2013

    Perfect! My family loved it and its now on regular rotation. My curry powder isn't hot so I add in cayenne pepper to our taste, and use fresh coconut also I've used low fat coconut milk with good results but I think the full fat version is better.

  • sernst | 05/08/2013

    Absolutely delicious! This was a big hit with my kids (though for them I kept the cilantro and toasted coconut as optional garnishes). I used coconut chips and crumbled them a bit with my fingers before toasting as I didn't have coarse shredded coconut. The dish was saucier than I expected but eating it with rice made for a delicious meal.

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