Thai Coconut Curry

This Thai Coconut Curry is to die for! Shrimp plus spinach, red bell peppers, and all sorts of other yummy ingredients will have you shouting from the rooftops that you found the most perfect, easy, tasty Thai dish ever.

If you love Thai recipes as much as I do, then you will definitely want to make this Thai Blackberry Basil Chicken dish or these Thai Curry Steak Noodle Bowls ASAP.

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I’ve mentioned a time or two or three how much I love curry. All the curries, any color, (almost) all spice levels, sweet, savory…whatever kinds of curry I’ve ever tried in my life I’ve said “yes” to all of them and never once looked back.

I mean, I have six curry recipes on the blog right now and I have no plans to stop adding them any time soon. They’re so easy to invent and reinvent and sometimes invent again (hey tastes change right?). But I did realize I had yet to make a shrimp curry the other day when I was, well, craving a shrimp curry and noticed that I didn’t ever publish one! I couldn’t believe it. I’m not even sure how I let such a travesty occur because, while all curries are my favorite, shrimp curries are my favorite favorite. (It’s sorta like the difference between you liking someone and you liking, liking someone.) See what I mean?

Anyway, my point is this dish is chock full of just about anything you could want in a meal — flavor, protein, veggies, and a little bit of sweet, a little bit of savory, and a little bit of spice. I’d say that’s just about everything wrapped up in one amazing dish. Plus, it is great eaten alone or over the top of rice, noodles, or even veggie noodles.

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HOW DO YOU MAKE THAI COCONUT CURRY?

Making coconut curries is a cinch. First, you want to soften the onion in oil then add the spices, curry paste, and sugar and stir them around until they start to give off that heavenly fragrance (oh you’ll know). Add to that the coconut milk and fish sauce. Once it simmers, lower the heat and cook it until it thickens up. Once that happens, you’ll take it off heat and add the lime juice and zest, cover, and set aside.

For the shrimp, add another tablespoon of oil to the same skillet. Heat over medium and add the carrots, stirring to coat, then cooking them through with the lid on. Turn that heat right on back up and add the peppers, shrimp, garlic, cayenne and salt. The shrimp will be done in a short amount of time, at which point you can add the spinach and curry sauce back in with the shrimp and give it a stir till the spinach is good and wilted. Serve with a sprinkle of green onions and cilantro and dig in!

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WHAT IS CURRY?

“Curry” is kind of a catch-all term, kinda like “ramen” wherein it can mean different things depending on the region in which you’re in and what kinds of spices the chef feels like adding to that particular recipe.

There are different kinds of curries: curry powder, curry paste, and curry leaves. There are also different kinds of curry dishes, and most of them are from India and Thailand. While Indian curry was popularized by British colonists and crops up in dishes such as masalas, Thai curries often start with a wet curry paste and then include the addition of coconut milk or cream.

WHAT IS THE BEST COCONUT MILK FOR CURRY?

That’s such a subjective question. It’s kind of like, what level of spice is right? It all depends on your preference. I usually buy a coconut milk brand I find in the international food aisle that is imported. I feel like if it’s popular enough to use in an Asian country, and therefore popular enough to be imported to America, that brand should be good, right?  I haven’t had any trouble with this theory yet. I haven’t tried the store brands, but if you do, let me know how they are and report back in the comments.

Also, I have tried light versions of coconut milk and while they are okay, I think they have a lighter coconut taste and they just aren’t as creamy and won’t give you the depth of flavor I think this Coconut Shrimp Curry needs.

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CAN I USE STEAK, CHICKEN, OR PORK IN COCONUT CURRY?

You can use any kind of protein that you like in Thai curry! I am partial to chicken and shrimp, but you can also use beef or pork. For a meatless option, may I recommend chickpeas or firm tofu? Or you could even mix chickpeas with shrimp, chicken, or tofu for an additional source of protein and texture. Curries are meant for mixing it up and making them yours!

What people are saying about this Thai Coconut Curry 

“Like all recipes on this site, this is so tasty, adaptable and easy. I did make some changes: I added scallions, garlic, peppers and the rest of the spices to the curry as well as a tablespoon of both tahini and peanut butter. I’m vegan so I used soy curls as protein and added garlic, soy sauce and kecap manis while sauteing in vegetable broth. Then mixed in lo mein noodles. Yummy. Tiffany’s recipes NEVER DISAPPOINT.” – Brooke 

“I did enjoy this dish especially the next day. I used chicken instead of shrimp. I would use less sugar because it was a little too sweet for me. My kids loved it. What a great way to get them to eat their spinach!” – Fred

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Thai Coconut Curry

This Thai Coconut Curry is to die for! Shrimp plus spinach, red bell peppers, and all sorts of other yummy ingredients will have you shouting from the rooftops that you found the most perfect, easy, tasty Thai dish ever. 
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Keyword curry, shrimp
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Tiffany

Ingredients

  • 1 pound medium or large shrimp peeled and deveined
  • 2 large carrots peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • salt to taste
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • fresh basil, cilantro, or green onions for garnish

Curry Sauce

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 yellow onion finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger OR 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon thai red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 15-ounce can coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • grated zest and juice of one lime
  • cooked noodles or rice for serving optional

Instructions

  • Make the sauce: Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook 5 minutes, or until softened.
  • Add the ginger, turmeric, curry paste and sugar and stir until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Pour in the coconut milk and fish sauce. Bring to a simmer, then lower heat and cook 10 minutes to thicken slightly. Remove from the heat, stir in the lime zest and juice. Cover to keep warm.
  • Prepare the shrimp: Heat the remaining tablespoon oil in a large (12-inch) skillet over medium-heat. Add the carrots and stir to coat with the oil. Lower the heat, cover the pan and cook the carrots 5 minutes, until tender.
  • Turn up the heat to medium-high and add the red bell pepper, shrimp, garlic, cayenne and salt to taste. Cook until the shrimp are no longer pink, 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Add the spinach and curry sauce to the shrimp and stir until the spinach is wilted. Sprinkle with green onion and cilantro (or basil) and serve.

Notes

Serve this quick, flavorful red coconut curry with hot cooked rice or rice noodles.
To make it vegetarian, omit the shrimp and/or use diced extra-firm tofu instead.

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Do I see pasta moodles?

    The noodles are an optional serving ingredient!

How much curry paste does this use? I dont see it in the Ingredients LIst

    Thanks, it is fixed

While this sounds delicious, you omitted the curry in the INGREDIENT list. How much curry should be used? should we use curry paste or curry powder?

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Looking over the ingre list for the thai coc curry, there is no amount listed for the curry paste, help!

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I don’t see “curry paste” mentioned in your ingredient list. What amount are you using? Thank you.

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How MUCH CURRY PASTE ? Its not LISTED in INGREDIENTS.
Thanks

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In the instructions you mention curry paste. I don’t see it listed in the ingredients list. I’d love to try this recipe.

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There is a Mention of
Curry paste but not mentioned in the INGREDIENTS?

    Thanks, it is fixed

How much curry paste do you use? I dont see it in the inGredient list

    Thanks, it is fixed

Is the recipe missig an ingredient? I don’t see any curry paste in the ingredient list, perhaps I am just not reading everything. Thanks for your direction.

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Your recipe looks great buT I didn’t see the curry paste listed on the website.

    Thanks, it is fixed

How much curry paste? Its not listed in the ingredients

    Thanks, it is fixed

How much curry Paste? I don’t see it listed iN aboveingredients unless i am overpokin it?

Will try it soon

5 stars
like all recipes on this site, this is so tasty, adaptable and easy. I did make some changes: I ADDED scallions, garlic, peppers and the rest of the spices to the curry as well as a tbsp of both tahini and peanut butter. I’M vegan so I USED soy CURLS as protein and ADDED garlic, Soy sauce and kecap Manis while SAUTing in veg broth. Then mixed in lo MEIN noodles. Yummy. Tiffany’s recipes NEVER DISAPPOINT.

5 stars
like all recipes on this site, this is so tasty, adaptable and easy. I did make some changes: I ADDED scallions, garlic, peppers and the rest of the spices to the curry as well as a tbsp of both tahini and peanut butter. I’M vegan so I USED soy CURLS as protein and ADDED garlic, Soy sauce and kecap Manis while SAUTing in veg broth. Then mixed in lo MEIN noodles. Yummy. Tiffany’s recipes NEVER DISAPPOINT.

    Awesome input, Brooke! Thanks for sharing 🙂

4 stars
I did enjoy this dish especially the next day. I used chicken instead of shrimp. I would use less sugar because it was a little too sweet for me. My kids loved it. What a great way to get them to eat their spinach!

    Awesome job, Fred!! Getting kids to eat spinach is quite the task some days, isn’t it? 😉 Thanks for your feedback!

HI Tiffany- You are my recipe queen. never a disappointment. question on this- if i want to use chicken instead of shrimp should i leave out the fish oil??? thanks

    Hi Jamie! If you are trying to eliminate all fish flavor, then yes! The foil oil has a strong (to some people) flavor!

5 stars
Tried this today. I lived it. My in-laws said it was delivious. Hubby liked. My 1 year old ate it, but more so…my young son ate it. Took out the spinach pieces for him but he lived it (and i dod not Have to use bribery to get him to eat). Tyhe carrits also blended in With the curry so my som ate carrots without knowing he did : )

    Way to go, Amanda!! Family approved! 😉

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