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Coconut Prawn Curry Recipe

Coconut Prawn Curry Recipe

 Coconut Prawn or Shrimp Curry Recipe

This coconut prawn curry recipe, or coconut shrimp curry,  is a great combination of flavours and easy to make.

I discovered this delicious prawn curry recipe many years ago, but then lost it. So the origin is unclear to me, whether it is an Indian, Thai, or Malaysian curry (or from somewhere else?).

But I suppose it is a pretty good guess that it must be from somewhere in Asia 😃.  The use of coconut, garlic and ginger rather gives it away.

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Lost Cook Books

Unfortunately, a flood in our old house destroyed half my collection of cooking books a few years ago. This recipe was in one of these books I think.

This was a huge disaster as you can imagine. I lost quite a few of my favourite classic food writers to the flood!

I have been trying to recreate the original recipe of this for a while, and with this recipe, I think I have just about mastered it. 

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Prawn or shrimp?

I call this a ‘prawn’ curry recipe as here we readily can buy frozen prawns in the supermarket. Although shrimp are indeed a different species of crustacean, for the purpose of this recipe you can use either.

Click on this link for more information on shrimp and prawn as food.

Apparently, the difference is that prawns have claws on three of their leg pairs while shrimp have them on only two. Not something you would notice when they have been pre-peeled!

Obviously, you have different sizes, but for this recipe just use what you can get your hands on, just make sure they are peeled.

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Coconut Prawn Curry Recipe


The nice thing about this recipe is that it is easy to prepare and ready in no time.

You can make it as spicy as you want by either adding a chilli and/or chilli powder to suit your taste. It’s up to you.

Creamed coconut

You will need creamed coconut for this recipe, which in my experience usually comes in hard blocks. I have not found the blocks where we are now, but I did find some in Tescos, and it was sold in 50g sachets.

Using coconut milk will not give you the same result as the creamed coconut also contains some coconut meat.

I love using coconut in cooking and this is one of my favourite coconut recipes.

The first time I tried to make this again recently, I used a jar of creamed coconut. This did not work well as it also contained lots of coconut oil which had floated to the top in the jar.

This needs to be melted and mixed before using which is a lot of hassle. So make sure you have the real hard stuff that is not full of oil, otherwise it will not work.

The one showed in these pictures did work, and the pics were taken quickly so we could eat before it got cold!

How to make a prawn curry

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Coconut Prawn Curry Recipe

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This coconut prawn or shrimp curry is quick and easy and great served with saffron or pilau rice.


  • 1 tbsp Ghee (or vegetable oil)
  • 350g peeled frozen prawns
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 20g fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • ½ tsp cinnamon powder
  • 100g creamed coconut
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • Fresh coriander, chopped
  • Flaked almonds
  • Optional
  • 1 red chilli
  • ½ teaspoon chilli powder


  1. I make this dish in a wok, but you will also need a sieve and a bowl for this recipe.
  2. First put the frozen prawns in the bowl and cover with warm water to defrost them. Let them drain out completely, then cover with the lemon juice.
  3. Heat the oil in the wok and add the ginger, onion and garlic and cook for about 4 minutes. Then add the spices and continue cooking for another minute or so. Optionally you can add chilli powder and a single chilli to give it a bite, but this depends on how you want your curry.
  4. Then add about 400ml of water and put the creamed coconut into the pan so that it melts into the water and creates the sauce.
  5. Then bring to the boil and simmer gently for about a minute or so. Add the prawns and cook until they are done.
  6. The sauce consistency should have thickened up by now. If it is too thick, then simply add some water to loosen it up.


Garnish with some fresh coriander and flaked almonds, before serving up with some pilau or saffron rice.

Did you make this recipe?

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If you enjoyed this recipe, you may like to try:
Authentic Indian Chicken Curry Recipe
Murgh Masala - Spicy Chicken Curry
Indonesian Beef Curry
Boneless Chicken Biryani
Thai Prawn Curry


Indian Naan Bread Recipe
Spicy Pad Thai Recipe
Flatbread Recipe no yeast
Plain Paratha (made with All Purpose Flour)
Spicy Cashew Chicken

 Let me know how you get on! 

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