15-minute shrimp curry

15-minute shrimp curry

Vacuum-packed shelled and deveined shrimps, and curry paste in a jar, conveniently available in groceries and supermarkets, were used in this dish. Preparation time was reduced to a mere five minutes. Cooking time was ten minutes for a total of 15 minutes.

Everyone in my family loves prawns and shrimps. Except me. But that’s because I am allergic to them. I do try to eat them in small amounts but I do not push the boundaries lest I end up in a hospital. It has happened before and I don’t want to go through with that again. Ever.

Yesterday’s shrimp curry, however, made me almost go over that invisible boundary. The shrimps were so sweet, the sweetness heightened even more by the sweet coconut cream and the contrast that the sweetness made with the salty fish sauce. I ate three pieces when I normally limit myself to two. Fortunately, nothing bad happened to me except for a few rashes on my face and neck, and they will disappear within a day.

South Asian curries use yogurt — this is Thai-style curry which uses coconut cream.

15-minute shrimp curry
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Serves: 2 to 3
  • a pack of shrimps, about 18 pieces, shelled and deveined, thawed completely
  • 2 tbsps. of vegetable oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. of grated ginger
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass
  • 2 to 4 tbsps. of curry paste, depending on how spicy you like your curry
  • 2 bird’s eye chilis, chopped (or 1 tsp. of chili flakes), for added spiciness and color
  • 1 c. of coconut cream
  • fish sauce, to taste
  • finely sliced onion leaves and more chopped chili, for garnish
  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a shallow pan.
  2. Saute the onion, garlic, lemongrass, ginger and chilies for about 30 seconds. Add the curry paste. Cook for another minute, stirring often.
  3. Add the shrimps. Stir. Cook just until they start to change color.
  4. Pour in the coconut cream. Season with fish sauce.
  5. Once the coconut cream starts to boil, turn off the heat and leave the shrimps to cook in the residual heat for another two to three minutes.
  6. To serve, transfer the shrimp curry to a bowl. Garnish with onion leaves and chopped chilies. Serve hot with rice or flat bread.
  7. Quick Notes
  8. When using vacuum-packed frozen shrimps, thaw the shrimps without opening the package. When completely thawed, slit the package open, dump the shrimps into a colander, rinse under the tap and drain well.
  9. If fresh grated coconut is not available for extracting the cream, canned and powdered coconut cream are widely available. Powdered cream must first be dissolved in water before adding to the pan.

See also:

How to prepare lemongrass

How to extract coconut cream / milk

Connie Veneracion

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16 Responses

  1. Meeka says:

    Hi Connie,

    Have you tried cereal prawns or shrimp? I bet your family will love it too!


  2. Lhet says:

    hi Con… wow! picture pa lang, ulam na sabi ng mga kids ko! :) i hope na mawala na totally ang allergy mo sa shrimps para naman ma enjoy mo sila so much.. but you know Con, accdg to my mom, eating that little by little, yun din daw ang magiging medication for that eh! until na ma immune ka na daw dyan eh! hoped so… tnx. God bless… :)

  3. cecil says:

    ms. connie, when do we put in the lemongrass?

  4. Joy says:

    Looks wonderful. I love curry.

  5. Nikki says:

    ms. connie, may i know what brand of curry paste did you use? thanks.

  6. ms.connie

    pareho lang po ba ang shallot sa onion leaves

    • Connie says:

      No, shallot is small onions (sibuyas Tagalog); onion leaves are scallions.

      • Faye says:

        Ms. Connie,

        Happy mother’s day po =)

        Tinry ko po to gawin nun April, nagustuhan ni husband kasi masarap tapos ambilis nga lutuin…

        kanina, nagluto ulit ako nito at dinala ko sa haus ng nanay ko… sabi nya first time nya matikman ang shrimp na curry ang luto (kasi sinisigang nya lang un hipon or halabos eh heheh)

        sumaya sya dun sa niluto ko so thanks much po sa recipe…they enjoyed it!!!


  7. diana says:

    i want to put some veggies in this recipe. i’m trying to be a bit more healthy. what veggies would you suggest that would go well with this ms connie? thanks!

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