Tomato-Coconut Shrimp Curry

Tomato-Coconut Shrimp Curry

This tomato-coconut shrimp curry is a quick and healthy rendition of traditional Indian curry. Simple enough to make for a weekday dinner yet sophisticated enough to serve to dinner guests.

The combination of light and creamy coconut milk combined with sweet tomatoes, earthy garlic, aromatic curry powder, and a hint of lime makes this light and fresh curry a show-stopper, and not to mention a quick and healthy family meal.

Tomato-Coconut Shrimp Curry

I was first introduced to curry back in the early 1990’s when I lived in London, England. I lived in the outskirts of central London (Zone 3 to be exact!) in a predominantly south-central Asian area where the streets were lined with traditional Indian restaurants.

Nowadays, I often find myself reminiscing about the pungent aroma coming from the restaurants and homes and how the smell of curry and coriander filled the streets.

You see, back then I didn’t have the same appreciation for Indian food as I do now, partially because my love for food was only beginning to evolve, and also because I had (and still have) an extreme aversion to coriander.

After all these years I have come to the realization that had I been just a bit more adventurous, I wouldn’t have missed out on a such a delicious and authentic cuisine.

Tomato-Coconut Shrimp Curry

Fast forward to the present.

Now that my palate has evolved, I have come to love a good curry (but not coriander!). I’ve been making up for all those years of denying this amazing cuisine by making my own (knock-off) renditions, like this super easy tomato-coconut shrimp curry.

This 30-minute dish has a much simpler flavour profile than traditional curry-because, let’s be honest, most of the ingredients required to make a traditional curry are probably not stocked in your pantry or fridge on a regular basis, and a traditional curry most likely takes more than 30 minutes to prepare!

Tomato-Coconut Shrimp Curry

Although the list of ingredients may not be as lengthy and the recipe may not be as labour intensive and time-consuming as traditional curry recipes, this tomato-coconut shrimp curry is equally rich and delicious!

The earthy, aromatic flavours will make your kitchen smell amazing-and who knows, perhaps a roaming pedestrian might have the pleasure of getting a delicious whiff of the aromatic scent escaping from your kitchen windows!

Tomato-Coconut Shrimp Curry

If you try this recipe (and love it!) be sure to snap a pic and tag me onInstagram with #bitesforfoodies so I can see your creation!

Tomato-Coconut Shrimp Curry

: Serves 4
: 5 min
: 20 min

This tomato-coconut shrimp curry is a quick and healthy rendition of traditional Indian curry. Simple enough to make for a weekday dinner yet sophisticated enough to serve to dinner guests. The combination of light and creamy coconut milk combined with sweet tomatoes, earthy garlic, aromatic curry powder, and a hint of lime makes this light and fresh curry …


Tomato-Coconut Shrimp Curry
    1 tbs. sunflower oil
  • 1 tbs. butter
  • 1 small onion, finely diced
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 1 tbs. mild curry powder
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 cup canned coconut milk
  • 1 tbs. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 450 g raw shrimp (about 30-40 shrimp) , peeled and de-veined
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 4 cups cooked jasmine or basmatti rice

Heat oil in a medium frying pan on medium heat for 2 minutes. Add the onion and garlic and saute for 5-7 minutes or until translucent. Stir in the spices and cook for 2 minutes.

Add the tomato puree, water, and coconut milk (be sure to shake the can before opening to ensure the cream and water are combined) and continue to cook uncovered on medium to medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes or until thickened.

Stir in the shrimp and cook for about 5 minutes or until the shrimp have turned light pink in colour.

Serve over a bed of jasmine or basmati rice garnished with freshly chopped scallions or cilantro and a dash of fresh lime juice.

Tomato-Coconut Shrimp Curry

26 thoughts on “Tomato-Coconut Shrimp Curry”

  • I’ve never tried curry on anything other than chicken but this sounds absolutely delicious!

  • Farrah Less Gomez 6 years ago

    I know someone who will love this menu no other than my husband. he will eat anything that has coconut on it. Candy, dish , desert anything he he! I will definitely copying this recipe and add it to my list of dish for this weekend,

  • Kristy 6 years ago

    This curry dish looks absolutely scrumptious! I’ve just recently started branching out on the foods I eat, and curry is one of the dishes that surprised me. I never gave it much thought, but once I tried it I realized just how good it was!

  • If wasn’t a vegetarian, I’d be all over this recipe! It has one of my favorite flavor combinations, I can never get enough coconut milk and curry powder. I may just give this a try with chickpeas instead of shrimp!

  • Rochkirstin Santos 6 years ago

    OMG I can almost imagine how this dish tastes like. I love curry meals and coconut shrimps cooked with tomato sauce sounds terrific for dinner tonight. I think I would like it better with chili.

  • Censie ‘Mumby’ Sawyer 6 years ago

    This looks really yummy to me. I love coconut shrimp by my husband is not a fan. This would be a dish I would make for my lunches for work for sure. I would have coworkers asking for a taste! ha!

  • I feel a shamed to say I never tried curry anything? I know I’ve been missing some amazing food! My husband loves shrimps so this could be a great recipe to try curry for the first time.

  • My husband has shown a lot of interest in trying some Indian cuisine, especially curry. I think he has been afraid because he just thinks it would too difficult to make. I’m going to share this recipe with him and show him how simple (yet tasty) curry can be. Plus, it involves shrimp so I know he will love it.

  • I love cooking with coconut milk! Something I have recently started doing more of. I also love curry. My husband is a huge fan of shrimp so we will be making this in the coming week. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • I love curry, this looks amazing. With the temps of summer I try to spend as little time as possible in the kitchen. This looks to be quick, easy and tasty!

  • Now this looks and sound so darn yummy!!! Making me so hungry and oh man… I sure do love shrimp! It’s one of my favorite things to eat. I love Curry chicken so now I am so gonna have to try this because Curry Shrimp…. YES!!!!

  • I LOVE curry and I’m constantly trying new recipes! This kind is something that I haven’t encountered before though. So I can’t wait to try it!

  • Gwen Mulholland 6 years ago

    I have not tried curry before but this looks delicious and would be something that my husband would love. I like that it combines the tomato coconut flavors with the curry. I think it would help balance out the heat. I will be saving this for later.

  • Melissa Dixon 6 years ago

    I have never tried curry but this looks like something I have to make. My brother loves Indian food and I know he would enjoy this dish. I may have to invite him over for dinner this weekend and try this out with the whole family.

  • ♥Nancy♥ 6 years ago

    Sounds delicious! I am a huge fan of curry dishes. We have a local Thai place that makes wonderful mango curry, but since I love tomatoes and coconut too, I’ve definitely got to try this! I love that you use the turmeric spice also. It’s so healthy and good for you!

  • I have always wanted to know how to make a good curry. Every time I try to make one it just doesn’t seem like it right or its not as thick as I need it to be. This dish looks wonderful. I like that its not really a heavy dish, yet its something will fill you up. I also like the bright colors, which begs me to want to try this dish out.

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