Shrimp in Coconut Milk

Coconut and cilantro are a popular duo. The herb is a favorite in India and shows up in coconut chutneys and in many of southern India's coconut curries, such as this one. Serve the shrimp with steamed rice, preferably basmati.


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  • Servings: 4


  • 1/4 cup cooking oil
  • 2 onions, chopped fine
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/8 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 cup drained whole canned tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (from a 15-ounce can)
  • 2 1/2 cups canned unsweetened coconut milk (from two 15-ounce cans)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp, shelled
  • 3/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • Lime wedges, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a large frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

  2. Add the coriander, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, and turmeric and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the coconut milk, water, and salt and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat and cook at a low boil, stirring frequently, until thickened, 5 to 10 minutes.

  3. Add the shrimp to the pan. Reduce the heat to low and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are just done, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the cilantro. Serve with the lime wedges.

Suggested Pairing

Sparkling wines go well with a wide variety of dishes. For an unexpected treat with this exotic curry, serve a good-quality bubbly from California.

Photo © Susan Spungen Published August 2014

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Author Name: Jessica Sewell Goff

Review Body: Amazingly flavorful, fresh and delicious!  I purchased raw shrimp that was already peeled and de-veined.  It only took 30-40 minutes to complete the meal from prep to plating.  Fine restaurant quality experience that I'd be proud to serve to company!  Even my husband who doesn't care for shrimp LOVED it and gave it 5 stars!  It's a keeper!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2017-01-19