If you’re craving a flavor-packed, protein-rich meal, but don’t have a ton of time to spend in the kitchen, this is a recipe you need to try. This bold yet delicate shrimp coconut curry dish can be on your plate – or impressing a date – in about 20 minutes (10 if you buy shrimp that is already peeled and deveined).
Shrimp is cooked in fragrant coconut milk with curry powder, fresh ginger and lime, and a touch of honey. Dress it up with brown rice and chopped cilantro, and serve with a wedge of lime. If you like a little bit of heat, add a pinch of crushed red pepper or a finely chopped fresno chile.
Shrimp cooks unbelievably fast, so keep an eye on your cooking temperature. For the best results, cook the shrimp with the onions and peppers over high heat for only 30 seconds. Add the coconut milk mixture to cool the pan and turn the burner to low. Shrimp will continue to cook after you’ve removed them from heat, so turn off your burner as soon as the shrimp becomes opaque, then serve immediately, or transfer to a serving dish. If you prefer your shrimp more well-done, leave them in the hot pan until ready to serve.
Shrimp Coconut Curry
Total Time: 21 min.
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 6 min.
Yield: 1 serving
¼ cup canned coconut milk
1 tsp. fresh lime juice
½ tsp. raw honey (or agave syrup) (optional)
½ tsp. curry powder
1 thin slice fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
¼ tsp. finely chopped garlic
6 oz. raw medium shrimp, peeled, deveined
¼ tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. extra-virgin organic coconut oil
½ medium red bell pepper, chopped
6 fresh cilantro sprigs (for garnish; optional)
1. Combine coconut milk, lime juice, honey, curry powder, ginger, and garlic in a small bowl; mix well. Set aside.
2. Season shrimp with pepper.
3. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
4. Add shrimp and bell pepper; cook, stirring frequently, for 30 seconds.
5. Add coconut milk mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low; gently boil for 5 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened and shrimp is opaque and firm.
6. Garnish with cilantro if desired.
Sagi’s Variation: Recipe can be made with 4 to 6 oz. skinless chicken breast. Make sure to cook chicken for a longer time (about 5 minutes or until it is not pink) before adding sauce. Multiple servings can be made and frozen in individual servings for future meals.