In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Curry Potato With Shrimp Recipe.

I’ve always had a weakness for curry potato, especially if there was hot sada roti on the side to sap-up the lovely gravy. And I’ve never been known to back away for a good dose of curry shrimp... must be a bit spicy though and not overcooked. So when our mom first introduced us to this dish many moons ago, I was in my little personal Shangri-La. Curry potato with shrimp gives you the rich creaminess of tender potatoes, spiced up with the lovely aroma of the curry powder and the kick of the scotch bonnet peppers are indeed present and jumps out at you (you can certainly control the heat level). The herbal notes of the green seasoning paste used in marinating the shrimp adds another level of true Caribbean goodness which words alone can’t describe.


You’ll Need…

4 medium potatoes
1/2 lb shrimp
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon prepared green seasoning
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 medium onion
1 1/2 cups water
4 cloves garlic
2 tablespoon parsley
1 heaping tablespoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon anchar massala
1/2 scotch bonnet pepper

Notes: Use a small to medium sized shrimp for best results (more sweet as we say in the Caribbean). When using and handling scotch bonnet peppers it’s important to wear gloves and do wash your hands with soap and water immediately after use. The seeds and area surrounding it will have the most heat, so remove and discard if you’re overly concerned about the raw heat. I used a Caribbean style Madras curry powder as this is the blend I enjoy using (stuff I grew up eating), but you can use your fav curry powder. If you can’t source anchar massala, you can use about 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin (geera) IMPORTANT! Be sure to read the label of the curry powder (and other ingredients) to ensure it’s fully gluten free as some curry powders have added flour as a filler.

Peel and devein your shrimp if you’ve not already done so (something you get them already cleaned in the supermarkets). In the event you’re not sure how to do so, here’s a short video showing how easy it can be.

Wash your shrimp with the juice of a lime or lemon, rinse with cool water and drain. Now add the green seasoning paste to the shrimp and give it a good stir. Allow that to marinate for about 10-15 minutes or so… try not to go too much longer as the green seasoning can start cooking the tender shrimp.

It’s now time to prep the other ingredients. Basically all you have to do is peel and chop the onion and garlic as well as the scotch bonnet pepper. Then peel,wash and cube the potatoes.

Heat a deep saucepan on medium heat and add the vegetable oil, then the garlic and onion. Allow this to cook (reduce your heat to min) for 3 minutes, or until it’s nice and soft and you can get that lovely scent of cooked onion and garlic. Now add the sliced scotch bonnet pepper and curry powder. With your heat still on low, allow the curry powder to toast a bit (2-3 minutes).

Now add about a 1/4 cup of water (not mentioned in the ingredients list) and scrape the stuff off the bottom of the pan. The first step we toasted the curry, this step we’re cooking the curry so we don’t get a raw aftertaste when the dish is done. Bring this to a boil and allow it to gently simmer for 4-5 minutes. Then turn up the heat and burn off all the liquid. The curry paste will go a bit grainy and clump to the cooked onion,garlic and scotch bonnet pepper.

Add the diced potato and give it a good stir, then add the anchar massala and salt and pour in the water. Be sure to scrape off all that goodness from the bottom of the pan and bring to a boil. Then reduce your heat to a simmer and let it cook for about 20 minutes or until the potato gets tender and liquid starts to thicken up (lid closed).

With the potatoes tender, it’s time to add the seasoned shrimp to the pot and give it a good stir. After 1 minute, check for salt (add accordingly) and if you find the sauce or gravy is too thin, using the back of your spoon, crush a few pieces of the potato to thicken the gravy. Keep in kind that as this curry potato with shrimp cools, it will naturally thicken up. So not to overcook the shrimp… turn off the stove, top with the chopped parsley (adds a nice punch of colour) and place  the lid on the pan to allow the residual heat to fully cook the shrimp.

I love using Yukon Gold potatoes or any creamy potato for this dish as the overall texture is simply amazing. Remember if you want to control the heat you can use less scotch bonnet pepper or simply leave it out altogether. This curry potato with shrimp is excellent with rice, roti or bread and  I assure you that even your kids will love this one… if not send me their names and I’ll tell Santa they were bad this year (smile).

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  1. Tia
    July 15, 2020 / 6:48 pm

    In the short time since I’ve found this recipe, I’ve made it three times! So good! I would’ve made it two days in a row this last time but my husband might have raised a brow, haha. Thanks for the awesome post!

  2. tony austin
    October 11, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    outstanding again!!!

  3. Will
    March 30, 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Excellent Dish!Thanks Chris!

  4. Judith
    April 11, 2016 / 3:40 pm

    Thank you Chris! I bought you book some time ago but actually followed the online recipe for curry potato and shrimp! Yumm! My family loved it. My 7 year old is half Trini and loves shrimp but not too hot so I left out the peppers m. Next time! Thanks!

  5. camii
    January 12, 2015 / 8:01 pm

    I felt like eating this for dinner tonight. Pot smelling good and tasting good. Thanks for the recipe.

  6. Jim
    December 14, 2014 / 9:34 pm

    This was great! I never had anything this good in Jamaica. I can’t wait to try thr green sauce on other things. Thank you very much.

  7. Michelle C
    November 12, 2014 / 7:58 pm

    Tried this recipe tonight for dinner and it went over VERY WELL. Very tasty, quick dish. My daughter loved it. Thanks Chris

  8. carol
    September 8, 2014 / 2:18 pm

    Chris, im gonna try this because it has to be as good as your curry shrimp with butternut squash. That was excellent and your instructions could not have been better. Thank you for sharing. This looks really tempting.

  9. Ellyn
    April 24, 2014 / 12:58 pm

    So excited to find this recipe! Been visiting Virgin Gorda for the last 10 years…one of my favorite meals at the Mineshaft is the roti and it’s filled with a curry potato shrimp stew–your recipe sounds like it might be like what I remember and love so much–can’t wait to try and make this myself! I have been searching for a recipe for years…this past trip, the chef suggested I use the word Guyanese in my search…and that’s how I finally found your site. Is there an easier substitute for the green seasoning…how bad will it be to skip that step? I love your videos…love seeing the recipe prepared step by step…thanks!

  10. Antonio Narine
    March 4, 2014 / 12:06 pm

    Chris, thank you a lot for recipe, I gonna try to prepare it, that looks very tasty, to eat with roti

  11. February 25, 2014 / 6:07 pm

    a very new(to me) and delicious way to do shrimps. this one is definitely a keeper. thank you.

  12. tulani
    April 21, 2013 / 9:12 pm

    This was delicious. The green seasoning is essential.

  13. Vanessa
    February 27, 2013 / 1:08 pm

    OMG!!!! This was so good. I was looking for a new and different recipe to try using shrimp and looked on this site. I found this recipe and decided to try it since I had most of the ingredients on hand.This was better than expected and ten times better the next day!!

  14. iqbal kazi
    February 12, 2013 / 6:31 pm

    i tried exactiy the way shown in the video and the result was astonishing. Chris thanks

  15. Debbie
    January 21, 2013 / 10:36 pm

    Tried the curry shrimp with potatoes (added channa or chick peas) to mine. with your buss-up-shut recipe. Delicious!!

  16. Andrea
    December 8, 2012 / 4:10 pm

    I followed this recipe to a tee but added 1 can chick peas with the potato, as well as used Jamaican curry powder 3/4 mild 1/4 hot. Thanks – especially for the tip to not overcook the shrimp. They came out so juicy and sweet!

  17. Brittany Ibidun
    December 4, 2012 / 1:17 am

    I really like your videos. They're so useful to me thanks.

  18. truetryni
    November 7, 2012 / 8:03 pm

    Divali around the corner and I only eat seafood. guess what I'll be making????

  19. monette
    November 2, 2012 / 9:49 am


  20. Deirdre
    October 26, 2012 / 10:48 pm

    wow……i used this recipe for curry chicken……it was AMAZING!!!!!

  21. October 25, 2012 / 5:32 pm

    Chris, this is definitely one of my favorite recipes!

  22. September 14, 2012 / 9:32 am

    Made this earlier this week. very good as usual lol however i just wish i hadnt boiled my potaoes so long 🙁 the final result was like a curry shimp and potatoes potage lol but still tasted good your site makes me wanna cook everyday 🙂

  23. Ingrid Joachim
    September 13, 2012 / 12:10 pm

    Hey Chris thank you … am a trini but i wasn't in the kitchen type.. now am older and i have to cook … am loving your website… I can avoid looking like a moron in the kitchen especially when I try something for the first time… Stay Blessed ….

  24. Carmen Melendez
    September 4, 2012 / 10:27 am

    Today's menu is Curry potato with shrimp i just started cooking it so when it's done i will post a picture .it have my house smelling so good .thank you so much for this website.i like how you have brake it down and go step by step you can't go wrong. i was getting tired of eating the same thing over and over Thank you !!

  25. Kaydene Morgan
    August 27, 2012 / 9:50 am

    Cooked this on Saturday and it was very very good…nice curry dish!

  26. Tulani
    August 15, 2012 / 5:14 pm

    Looks great. What is anchar massala?

  27. rossel
    July 26, 2012 / 5:31 am

    hmmmm yummm..must try 🙂

  28. Jennifer Delice
    July 25, 2012 / 8:12 am

    Since viewing this website there is reference to scotch bonnet pepper. Is this the same as habeneros peppers that is used in mexican cooking? And if it is not then will there be the same effect if used. By the way this site is great for the many recipes that my friends so often request. I did not grow up using recipes when cooking, only baking. Thanks for a great website.

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