Coconut Prawn Curry

Coconut Prawn Curry

5 from 12 votes
A simple, delicious, and flavourful dish made with fresh prawns, onions, tomatoes, and a load of spices. This prawn masala curry pairs well with everything from chapatti to rice. An absolute winning dish!

Prawn curry with coconut milk is a quick and easy dinner recipe. Not only is this coconut prawn curry recipe tasty but it is also a healthy curry as prawns are packed with vitamin B12.

This prawn curry recipe is a simple, delicious, and flavourful dish made with prawns, coconut milk, and spices.

It pairs well with basmati rice, naan bread, or any Indian flatbread. This spicy, low-fat prawn curry with coconut milk is sure to be a favourite. Home-style prawn curry that tastes authentic and as if it’s from the local restaurant. 

There are many different species of prawns, but they all taste good. You can get prawns raw or cooked. When prawns are raw, they are a blue-grey colour and when they are cooked, they are pink. I always use cooked prawns for this recipe as it reduces the cooking time significantly.

However, if you want to use raw prawns then be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly.

The main question people usually ask when it comes to prawns is ‘should I devein the prawns?’ Deveining prawns refers to removing the digestive tract of the prawns and this is entirely up to you.

With that being said I always devein my prawns as there can sometimes give a slightly bitter taste. Plus, the whole concept of eating that part always puts me off.

To devein a prawn what you need to have is a small and sharp knife. Use the knife to make a shallow cut along the length of the black line. This should be enough for you to simply pick out the ‘vein’ and pull it out.

This recipe is inspired by Goan cuisine. Goan cuisine commonly uses seafood and coconut milk, just as this recipe does. I have kept this recipe as authentic as possible to the food of Goa.

This curry recipe is ready in under an hour, so if you want something quick for dinner this is just perfect for you. As with most of my curries, I serve it with homemade chapatti, and everyone loves it.

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Coconut Prawn Curry

by Nabeela Kauser
A simple, delicious, and flavourful dish made with fresh prawns, onions, tomatoes, and a load of spices. This prawn masala curry pairs well with everything from chapatti to rice. An absolute winning dish!
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 338 kcal



  • 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!



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