Coconut Shrimp Curry with Peas and Potatoes

Coconut Shrimp Curry with Peas and PotatoesWhenever I go to Indian or Thai restaurants, the first thing I do when I sit down is to look for curry dishes on the menu. I love all kinds of curries, spicy or mild, but I typically end up ordering a coconut based curry. You just can’t beat the bold, creamy flavor. For this recipe, I made a coconut shrimp curry mixed with potatoes and frozen peas.

For some acidity I added a fresh tomato, but canned tomatoes would also work fine. I like my curries spicy, so I added a generous amount of chili powder, but omit if you’re not into spicy foods. Serve this curry with steamed basmati or brown rice.

Prep and chop your vegetables.

Heat oil in a pan and add curry. Saute garlic and shallot, then add potato cubes.

Add the coconut milk, milk, shrimp and tomatoes, then cover with a lid and simmer.

Stir in frozen peas.

Serve with basmati rice.

Coconut Shrimp Curry

Coconut Shrimp Curry Recipe

  • coconut or canola oil
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 cup potatoes, diced into small cubes
  • 1 small can coconut milk (about 6-8 ounces)
  • 1 can of milk (use the empty coconut milk can to measure)
  • 8 ounces shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon honey or sugar
  • 1-2 teaspoons chili powder, or to taste
  • 3/4 cup frozen peas
  • salt and pepper, to taste

In a large pan, heat oil and add curry powder, cook for about two minutes. Stir in garlic and shallot and cook for a minute. Mix in potatoes, then stir together with coconut milk and regular milk. Add shrimp, tomatoes, tomato paste, honey and chili powder. Cover and simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add frozen peas and cook for a few more minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with basmati or brown rice.

Total Time: 45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
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61 Responses to “Coconut Shrimp Curry with Peas and Potatoes”

  1. Heidi @ Food Doodles March 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Mmmm, this looks so delicious! Definitely my kind of meal – I always go for curries too ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Barb March 3, 2012 at 10:58 pm #

      Thanks Heidi! Curries are my favorite, especially with coconut milk.

  2. Vicky March 5, 2012 at 9:24 am #

    This looks delicious. I love curries made with coconut milk – can’t wait to try this!

  3. Melissa March 5, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    Made this last night – it was absolutely delicious! Great recipe!

    • Barb March 5, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      Thanks so much Melissa, glad it turned out well ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Geri March 5, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    I cooked this for dinner tonight. I made some substitutions though, like half-bag of seafood medley for shrimp, real chili for chili powder. DH loved it! This curry recipe is a keeper.

  5. Bea March 5, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

    Made it last night. So good. Left overs tonight were even better

  6. Barb March 5, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    @Geri – Happy you and DH liked it and thanks for commenting ๐Ÿ™‚ Love the addition of real chili

    @Bea – Same here, leftover curry is so tasty! It’s a great dish to prepare ahead of time.

  7. Major9000 March 6, 2012 at 1:56 am #

    Found this recipe off Tastespotting on my iphone as I was walking through the supermarket! It looked so good and simple, I made it tonight…and…it was delicious! Thank you!

    • Barb March 6, 2012 at 2:08 am #

      Awesome! And thanks for stopping by. Gotta love tastespotting and checking for recipes at the supermarket, it’s what I do all the time ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Stephanie @ Hugs, Kisses and Snot March 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm #

    I made this last night and LOVED it! I left out the chili b/c my family can’t handle the heat but it was still awesome. Thank you.

    • Barb March 6, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

      Thanks, Stephanie! It’s such an easy dish to make, it’s one of our favorites.

  9. Lisa March 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Hi, I found your blog through Tastespotting the other day when I saw this recipe. I made it tonight with a couple of changes. It was very tasty and I am looking forward to leftovers! Besides doubling the recipe, I left out the tomato but put in a bit more tomato paste instead. In addition to the doubled coconut milk, I only used 1 1/2 times the amount of regular milk, which still seemed a bit soupy for me, but we had plenty of rice to sop it up. Instead of curry and chili powders, I used a tablespoon of Thai red chili paste. I will definitely make it again!

    • Barb March 8, 2012 at 11:59 pm #

      Thanks for the nice comment, Lisa! I really like the Thai red chili paste addition and will try that myself, can’t wait ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Lena March 9, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Shrimp and curry, can’t go wrong! I found your blog through tastespotting, too! If you like curries, I have to direct you to World Spice Merchants. They’re a little shop in my town with the most incredible spice selection. They even grind everything to order- no pre-packaging! There’s got to be almost twenty varieties of curry. I think the Capetown Masala is the spiciest one I’ve tried, and it is SO GOOD. ( I’ve turned all of my cross-country family on to their mail ordering. Thanks for the recipe! It has ‘Sunday night’ written all over it.

    • Barb March 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

      Thanks for the comment Lena. Looks like a great store for spices, will definitely check it out. I typically grind my curry blends at home but it’s good to have some pre-made at home as well.

  11. Lori (All That Splatters March 11, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    I made your dish today – delicious! Thanks for a great recipe –

  12. stephanie March 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm #

    has anyone ever tried this with chicken? would you need to cook the chcicken first or let it simmer in the pot? thanks!

    • Barb March 12, 2012 at 5:21 pm #

      Hi Stephanie – Yes, it works great with chicken. I’d add the chicken right after sauteeing the onions/garlic and brown it for a few minutes before adding the rest of the ingredients.

  13. Carrie's Experimental Kitchen March 16, 2012 at 7:04 am #

    Good morning! I just wanted to let you know that I shared this recipe on my weekly seafood roundup. Thank you for allowing me to share!

  14. Catherine Paciotti March 26, 2012 at 12:15 am #

    Made Curried Chicken using this recipe as a base tonight. It turned out terrifically! I substituted red curry paste for the curry powder and half a small onion for the shallot–added the chicken to the bubbling liquid of the coconut milk and everything else and let it simmer away for 10 or 15 minutes until the chicken was cooked through and tender. It was really delicious!

    • Barb March 26, 2012 at 11:30 am #

      That’s great to hear Catherine, thanks for commenting. Love the red curry paste idea, I’m sure your dish had a nice kick to it?

      • Catherine Paciotti March 26, 2012 at 1:25 pm #

        Yes, it was nice and spicy, which I like. I haven’t been able to find a curry powder that’s strong enough to give that curry flavor. I know I need to use ginger, garam masala, garlic–not sure what else. The curry paste does the trick nicely.

        • Barb March 26, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

          I think it’s best to play around with different combinations of spices. Curries are a very broad category and everybody has their own preference. I like mine spicy and usually add garam masala, turmeric and a few other things. I just posted a vegetarian chickpea curry you may find interesting. It’s spicy and tart:

    • swandiver April 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

      Thank you so much for posting this comment. I was about to ask about substituting red curry paste for the powder since I could not find it at my store. Was it a 1 to 1 ratio or did you use more paste?

      • Lisa April 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm #

        I made it with 1 Tablespoon of Thai red curry paste. A bit of a bite, but not too fiery.

  15. Isra April 9, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I made this today. Made some changes. I added corn, paprika, turmaric and a bay leaf . We don’t like it spicy, so I didn’t use chili. It came out great. Thanks for the recipe! I think this would work with chicken or fish too.

    • Barb April 9, 2012 at 3:55 pm #

      Hi Isra, thanks for the comment! Your changes sound great. I’ve made this with chicken and it tasted delicious. So next I will try it with some fish ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Judy April 27, 2012 at 8:15 am #

    Wondering about making this with all coconut milk instead of 1/2 coconut 1/2 regular milk. Have an allergy to milk so might give that a try. Has anyone tried making it dairy-free?

    • Barb April 27, 2012 at 9:26 am #

      Hi Judy,

      Totally, I haven’t made it this way but I’m sure it’ll be delicious. If the sauce gets too thick, you can add a little water towards the end.

      Let me know how it turns out.


  17. Sarah July 18, 2012 at 6:32 pm #

    This is such a tasty and easy curry to make! I did it all up in the morning, went to work came home and just put it right back on the stove, added the pees at this point and cooked some rice. It was so yummy and fed a lot of us. The potatoes make it nice and filling too!

    • Barb July 19, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      Thanks so much for the comment, Sarah! I love that you made a quick dinner for your family by cooking it in the morning, then finishing the rest later. I may just have to do that myself one of these days ๐Ÿ˜‰

  18. Nicole gw August 28, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Easy, weekday meal. I like a spicy curry, so I needed to add some cayenne to pump up the flavor. I used light coconut milk and nonfat milk, which worked great.

    • Barb August 28, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

      Yes, it’s the perfect meal to make on a weekday and so versatile. Thanks for the comment, Nicole!

  19. Foodiewife September 9, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Wow, does this every look good and so comforting. I used to HATE curry, until I discovered red curry. I’m assuming you’re using a yellow curry? Not sure, but I’m going to try this with red curry. looking forward to this.

    • Barb September 12, 2012 at 12:09 am #

      Hi Foodiewife – Thanks! Yes, I believe the curry I use is a yellow curry powder. Let me know how it turns out with red curry ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. MD September 16, 2012 at 10:50 pm #

    I made this tonight except I left out the tomatoes and added cauliflower and it was soo delicious! My new favorite dinner for sure! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Barb September 17, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

      Thanks for your comment! Cauliflower sounds like a great addition ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Al October 1, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    Hi! Do u add the shrimp when frozen? ๐Ÿ™‚ thx!

    • Barb October 1, 2012 at 8:34 am #

      Hello! I would thaw the shrimp a bit before adding. Let me know if you make the curry.

  22. Antoinette December 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm #

    Made this tonight! Forget to buy tomatoe paste so I used ketchup. Still came out delicious! Thanks for sharing this. I will be adding this recepie to my favorites!

    • Antoinette December 8, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

      Plus I added lemongrass! Very good!

      • Barb December 9, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

        Hi Antoinette – Oh wow, never thought about adding lemongrass.. That sounds delicious, thanks for the tip! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Jess December 18, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

        I wish I had held to the shrimp longer before cooking with the rest of the ingredients. I notice potatoes take longer to cook. A note to self for next time. Other than that, I added lemongrass, doubled the tomato paste and added a bit of water and dried mushrooms. Delicious! Very hearty. Just what I needed for this cold that won’t go away. Thank you.

        • Barb December 19, 2012 at 10:42 am #

          Awesome, sounds great! Never thought to add mushrooms, I’ll have to try that. Hope you’re feeling better ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. gabbyabby December 15, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

    I did use your suggestion for the addition of potatoes and would emphasize they need to be a small, even dice in order to cook in the sauce in 30 minutes. I might actually parboil them in salted water first next time. Also, since shrimp cook much faster than potatoes, I held back on the shrimp and put them in with the peas (shrimp would be hard rubber after thirty minutes of cooking). I added 2 tsp of Red Thai Chili Paste 1-2 TBSP of fish sauce to season and compliment the seafood flavor. It really needed a little extra kick, but that may be related to the Singapore curry powder I used, which is pretty mild.

  24. jake gallagher January 6, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    This was an amazing dish. I added about half a tablespoon of chili paste to add a spice that tickled the back of your throat and it really rounded everything out for those who enjoy a tingly spice. Thank you for this post. I will definitely be making this again.

    • Barb January 7, 2013 at 9:00 am #

      Thanks so much for your nice comment, Jake! I’ll have to try adding some chili paste to mine next time.

  25. Beth May 7, 2013 at 10:58 am #

    Hi! This looks amazing, and I want to make it tonight for dinner. I have one question, though: do you think I could substitute soy, rice, or almond milk for the dairy milk? I despise milk. ๐Ÿ˜›

    • Barb May 7, 2013 at 11:40 am #

      Hi Beth – Thank you! I have used almond milk in this recipe before and it tasted great. I’m sure soy or rice milk would also work. Let me know which one you use and how the recipe goes ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Monica August 2, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    I am making this tonight for dinner.. So excited!!!! I bought all my ingredients last night. Now if only the baby would nap in his crib instead of on me so I can start it… ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for this!

    • Barb August 2, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

      I’m excited for you too!! I hope he naps in his crib soon so you can start ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for your comment, Monica. Let me know now it turns out!

  27. Monica August 2, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    Well we just ate and it was wonderful!! I prepared it with organic chicken. My husband loved it. I asked him to bring home some milk and he forgot, so I had to scramble last minute and use sweetened vanilla almond milk! Gah! It’s the only thing in my fridge, and I got the courage to use it after reading a comment here. I had to adjust the seasonings a bit because of this, but it still surprisingly to me turned out delicious! I can’t wait to make it again. Thanks for the wonderful recipe. I found you from Pinterest btw. It’s my first time ever commenting on a blog! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Barb August 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm #

      Wow, I feel so honored that I’m the first blog you ever commented on ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m really happy the recipe turned out well with the vanilla almond milk. I tried this with almond milk before but not with the vanilla so I’m glad it tasted just as good. Thank you so much for the kind words and I hope to see you again on here soon. Take care!

  28. nas October 22, 2013 at 1:02 am #

    Looks delicious and would like to have this for dinner tonight. Is it ok to use garam masala instead of curry powder?

    • Barb October 22, 2013 at 8:39 am #

      Thanks so much! I like to cook with garam masala but have never tried it with this recipe. It’ll definitely give it a much different flavor but why not give it a shot? Let me know how it turns out.

  29. Kacey November 10, 2013 at 10:47 pm #

    What an easy and delicious recipe! I did not have tomatoes so I doubled the tomato paste, used precooked shrimp (all I had on hand.) I misread the coconut milk amount and used my whole can that was 400mL but I think that is why I ended up liking the recipe in the end (I am not a big curry lover.) I will make this again and probably make a vegetarian recipe for myself!

    • Barb November 11, 2013 at 11:53 am #

      I’m really glad you enjoyed this even though you’re not a curry lover ๐Ÿ™‚ I bet it turned out pretty creamy since you used more coconut milk but it sounds great, Kacey!

  30. Ann July 16, 2014 at 8:43 am #

    Hi there thank you for your recipe my Family Love it
    Now curried shrimps is their no.1 Favorite dish;-))
    Thanks Alot;-))Keep in Touch!

    • Barb July 16, 2014 at 9:43 am #

      I’m so happy your family loves this recipe! Thank you so much, Ann!

  31. Deepa April 5, 2015 at 6:53 am #

    Loved this totally. Simple, quick and delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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