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The Ultimate Curry Shrimp.

Here’s another recipe to add to the “Ultimate” series I’ve been sharing from time to time with you. Curry shrimp is one of those simple dishes to make, but it’s very easy to overcook it and end up with shrimp the texture of leather. In this curry shrimp recipe I’ll show you how to have perfectly cooked shrimp that’s very attractive and full of that unique flavor from the way we cook curry in the Caribbean. Enjoyed with rice, roti or any which way you partner your curry dishes, this curry shrimp will definitely excite your taste buds and make an impression on family and friends.


You’ll Need….

1 lb shrimp (peeled deveined)
1 heaping tablespoon Madras blend curry powder (I like using a Caribbean variety)
2 scallions
1/2 habanero pepper (as much as you like)
1 medium tomato
1 medium onion
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon thyme
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 bell pepper (sweet pepper)
4 tablespoon water for cooking the curry
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

* you’ll also need a couple tablespoon of lime or lemon juice to wash the cleaned shrimp.

Note: If you have the Caribbean style green seasoning mix, use a teaspoon instead of the thyme and cilantro. If you can source fresh shado beni, that would be ideal instead of the cilantro. Bell pepper is something new to this recipe but I like the added flavor, texture and overall look it brings to this dish. I like using a Caribbean style curry powder as I find it to be unique in it’s depth and flavor.

The first thing you need to do (if it’s not already done as some groceries sell already cleaned and deveined shrimp) is to remove the outer shell of the shrimp and devein them. Then squeeze the lime or lemon juice over it, give it a good stir, then rinse with cool water. Drain and get ready to season so it can marinate for a bit.

Chop the scallion, cilantro, onion, peppers, tomato and garlic… I like using the thyme on it’s sprig for the added flavor. When you’re done cooking you can them remove the sprigs. In a large bowl place the now cleaned shrimp and add the salt, black pepper, chopped peppers (habanero and bell), cilantro, thyme and scallions. Give it a good stir and allow it to marinate for at least 20 minutes.

In a large sauce pan, heat the oil over a med/high heat, then add the sliced onions and garlic. Allow that to cook on a med heat for about 3-4 minutes or until they get soft and edges start going golden. Now add the curry powder, give it a good stir and cook for a couple minutes. The goal is to heat the curry powder so it releases all those wonderful flavors. You will notice that the curry will go a bit darker and it will become very grainy. If you find that it’s burning, turn down the heat as we really need this to cook for about 2-3 minutes.

Now it’s time to add the water and make a sort of curry paste (be prepared for that burst of curry scent). It will be runny at first, but allow it to come to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. This step will cook the curry initially so we don’t get that ‘raw’ curry taste when the dish is done. After 4 minutes, turn up the heat to burn off all that water. you will now have a sort of paste.

Now it’s time to add the seasoned shrimp and give it a good stir to pick up all those curry bits from the bottom of the pan. Add everything in the bowl to the pan and have the heat at about medium. You can jump-start things by placing the lid on the pan if you want… this will cause the shrimp to spring a lot of it’s only natural juices (only keep the lid on for a minute or 2). With the lid open and the shrimp going at a rolling boil, you’ll notice the shrimp will start to curl and change color. All we want to do is cook the shrimp for 5-7 minutes from the time you add them. So if after 5 minutes you notice you have  a lot of liquid in the pan, turn up the heat. I like my curry shrimp with a bit of gravy for dipping roti or to put on my rice. But that gravy must be somewhat thick. My mom would never leave gravy and to be honest, if you cook it down all the way… the taste will be a bit different.

Wasn’t that simple? I assure you this could well be the best curry shrimp you’ve ever had.. trust me! In the video below you can follow along in the event I was confusing above in my description.

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31 Responses to “The Ultimate Curry Shrimp.”

  1. Danielle Godfrey says:

    Hi Chris!

    I made this dish tonight and it was fantastic! My Guyanese husband said it is just like his mom made in Guyana! Thanks Chris, you’re the best!

  2. Chad Randolph says:

    I’m just really getting into Caribbean cooking. This recipe looks great. I’m headed out now to buy the ingredients and make this dish. Hope all goes well.

  3. Sunny says:

    Thanks for sharing your kitchen!! BLESSINGS

  4. Wanda says:

    I also add coconut milk

  5. Hin says:


    The dish Looks Great! Can anyone Tell me for how many People the Recipe is meant for? 4? Thanks

  6. Anna says:

    Hi Chris thanks for all your nice recipes… I usually put potatoes with channa in the shrimp or I use bodie with them he sometimes even spinach as I try to make it a one pot.. Thanks Anna

  7. Holl says:

    I didnt have potatoes to add to the curry. Thanks for the bell pepper and tomato ideas. I followed the recipe and the curry was awesome! Thanks

  8. Mary says:

    I absolutely LOVE this recipe! I’ve made it so many times, I have it memorized. I just can’t get enough!

  9. Jas says:

    I wanted to learn West Indian cooking for my bf and am so glad I found your site. Your recipes and my effort = happy Trini bf:)

  10. Simone says:

    I just made it 10 10 10 second round heading back to the back thumbs up, this will sure make my fiancé day :)

  11. REX says:

    I made this Curry shrimp last nite. WoW… I substituted mushrooms for bell pepper. but everything else exact to yours. Darn was that good. I soaked up all the juices with some bread. I was sweating from the pepper though.

  12. Hyo Park says:

    i always love your recipes man. Especially when its time to cook for the ladies. Its me cooking but your recipe. Thank you for helping me out brother. It always works!!!! lol

  13. cindy says:

    hi chris ur recipes are the best i tried this one and the results were super !

  14. Seana Knowles says:

    I made this recipe today and its was awesome. I just love your website you make cooking so easy. Please keep the GREAT recipe coming.


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