Coconut Prawn Curry
Coconut Prawn Curry
5 from 15 votes
Immerse yourself in the tropical notes of our coconut prawn curry, a cuisine that magically intertwines the flavours of the ocean and coconut. This culinary delight, not for the faint-hearted, will surely get your tastebuds doing the tango!
Coconut Prawn Curry

Coconut Prawn Curry is a delightful dish that brings together the richness of coconut milk with the succulence of prawns, creating a harmonious blend of flavors. Originating from coastal regions, this recipe embodies the essence of coastal cuisine, where fresh seafood and aromatic spices are the stars of the show.

Crafting this curry is simpler than it seems, making it an ideal choice for both novice and seasoned cooks alike.

With just a handful of ingredients and straightforward steps, you can whip up a flavorful coconut prawn curry that will impress your taste buds and those of your loved ones.

The creamy coconut milk adds a luscious texture to the curry, while the combination of spices such as turmeric, chilli, and cumin infuses it with layers of warmth and depth.

Each bite is a burst of savory goodness, perfectly complemented by the tender prawns and aromatic herbs.

Whether you’re craving a comforting meal for a cozy night in or looking to impress guests at a dinner party, this coconut prawn curry is sure to be a hit.

Expert Tip: To enhance the aroma of the curry, toast whole spices such as cumin seeds and coriander seeds in a dry pan before grinding them into a powder for use in the recipe.


Olive Oil: The base of our curry, olive oil adds a subtle richness to the dish while helping to sauté the ingredients evenly.

Prawns: Prawns bring a delightful seafood flavor and a tender texture that pairs perfectly with the creamy coconut sauce.

Onions: These humble vegetables add a sweet and savory depth to the curry, creating a flavorful base for the dish.

Tomatoes: Fresh tomatoes provide a tangy brightness to the curry, balancing the richness of the coconut milk and enhancing the overall flavor profile.

Green Chillies: Adding a hint of heat, green chillies bring a spicy kick to the curry, elevating its taste and adding a subtle heat that tantalizes the taste buds.

Ginger Paste: Ginger paste infuses the curry with a warm, aromatic flavor that complements the other spices and adds a subtle zing to each bite.

Garlic Paste: Garlic paste adds a robust, savory flavor to the curry, enhancing its depth and complexity.

Salt: Essential for seasoning, salt brings out the natural flavors of the ingredients and helps to balance the overall taste of the curry.

Turmeric Powder (Haldi): Known for its vibrant color and earthy flavor, turmeric powder adds a warm, golden hue to the curry while imparting a subtle bitterness and depth of flavor.

Chilli Powder: Adding a fiery kick, chilli powder provides heat and intensity to the curry, enhancing its overall spiciness and flavor.

Cumin Powder: Cumin powder contributes a warm, nutty flavor to the curry, enhancing its aroma and adding depth to the spice profile.

Garam Masala: A fragrant blend of spices, garam masala adds warmth and complexity to the curry, imbuing it with a rich, aromatic flavor.

Coriander: Fresh coriander leaves add a burst of freshness and color to the curry, while their citrusy undertones complement the other flavors in the dish.

Water: Used sparingly, water helps to deglaze the pan and create a flavorful sauce by releasing the colors and flavors from the spices.

Coconut Milk: Coconut milk lends a rich, velvety texture to the curry, infusing it with a subtle sweetness and tropical flavor reminiscent of coastal cuisine.

Expert Tip: For extra flavor, marinate the prawns in a mixture of lemon juice, salt, and a pinch of turmeric for 15-20 minutes before cooking.

Serving Suggestions

  • Serve the coconut prawn curry hot, garnished with freshly chopped coriander leaves for a pop of color and a burst of freshness.
  • Pair the curry with steamed rice or fragrant basmati rice to soak up the flavorful sauce and create a satisfying meal.
  • For a complete coastal experience, serve the curry with freshly baked naan bread or crispy papadums on the side.
  • Accompany the curry with a refreshing cucumber and tomato salad dressed with a squeeze of lime juice and a sprinkle of salt for a light and zesty contrast to the rich flavors of the curry.
  • To make it a feast, add some traditional Indian side dishes such as vegetable samosas, onion bhajis, or mango chutney to complement the coconut prawn curry and create a memorable dining experience.

Expert Tip: Adjust the spice level to suit your taste by increasing or reducing the amount of chilli powder and green chillies accordingly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use frozen prawns for this recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen prawns for this recipe. Make sure to thaw them completely before cooking and pat them dry with paper towels to remove excess moisture.

Can I substitute coconut milk with coconut cream?

While coconut cream is thicker and richer than coconut milk, you can substitute it in this recipe. However, you may need to adjust the consistency of the curry by adding a little water or stock to achieve the desired thickness.

Is this curry spicy?

The level of spiciness in this curry can be adjusted according to your preference. You can increase or decrease the amount of green chillies and chilli powder to suit your taste.

Can I make this curry ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the coconut prawn curry ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Simply reheat it gently on the stovetop or in the microwave before serving.

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Coconut Prawn Curry

Coconut Prawn Curry

by Nabeela Kauser
Immerse yourself in the tropical notes of our coconut prawn curry, a cuisine that magically intertwines the flavours of the ocean and coconut.
5 from 15 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 338 kcal


  • 75 ml Olive Oil
  • 250 g Prawns
  • 1 Onions
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 2 Green Chillies
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder Haldi
  • 1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • Coriander
  • 2 tbsp Water
  • 200 ml Coconut Milk


  • In a pan heat up the oil on medium heat until hot
  • Add the deveined prawns then fry for a few minutes before removing the prawns from the pan
  • In the same pan and add the chopped onions and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened – if there is any too much oil then remove it
  • Add the green chillies, ginger paste and garlic paste then cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant
  • Add the chopped tomatoes then cook for 3-4 minutes until softened
  • Add the salt, turmeric powder, chilli powder, and cumin powder before cooking the spices for a few more minutes – add the water to help release the colours from the spices and prevent any burning
  • Add the fried prawns and cook for a few minutes to incorporate the spices
  • Add the coconut milk then stir before covering and cook for 10 minutes until the oil separates – the oil has separated when there is a thin layer of oil on the top
  • Add the garam masala and chopped coriander then cook for a few minutes
  • Serve with fresh homemade naan and enjoy!



Nutritional facts:
The provision of nutritional information is done merely as a courtesy and should not be taken as a guarantee.


Calories: 338kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 15gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0.003gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 752mgPotassium: 498mgFibre: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 735IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 72mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Coconut Prawn Curry, Curry, Food, Prawns, Recipe, Seafood, Shrimp, Spicy
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