In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Fry-Dry Curry Shrimp A Family Classic.


This is definitely one of those dishes that takes me back to my childhood. Seafood was our mortal enemy (with the exception of fried King Fish) of ours when we were kids, however this fried dried curry shrimp was something we always requested from mom. Normally served with hot-out-the oven coconut bake. Unlike traditional curry shrimp where you’d normally have a gravy or sauce and sometimes you’d find pieces of potato in the mix, this curry shrimp is all about that rich and intense curry flavor.

You’ll Need…

1 lb small/med shrimp
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 hot peppers (any you like)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tomato diced-fine
1 scallion diced -fine
1 tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
2-3 tablespoon veg oil
3 cloves garlic
1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds (geera)
2 tablespoon curry powder
2 tablespoon chopped cilantro

Note: It seems that I forgot to take pics of the actual cooking process as I normally do. However you’ll manage with the written instructions and directly below you’ll have access to the full demo video. IMPORTANT! If doing this recipe gluten free, do go through the entire list of ingredients to ensure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. Especially the curry powder which may contain flour as a filler.


Peel, devein and wash the shrimp – drain dry. Then season with the salt, black pepper, scallion, tomato, hot pepper of your choice (this curry is usually spicy – but you can leave out the peppers if you wish)  and Caribbean Green seasoning. Allow it to marinate for about 10 minutes.



Heat the oil on a medium flame in a heavy pot, then add the diced garlic and turn the heat down to as low as it can go. We don’t want to burn the garlic. After a minute add the curry powder (I used a Madras blend out of the Caribbean) as well as the cumin seeds. Heat still on low – we’re trying to bring out the flavors of the spices which makes up the curry blend.

It will go a bit grainy and darker. After about 3-4 minutes, it’s time to crank up the heat to med/high and start adding the marinated shrimp. Yes, add everything from the bowl and keep mixing as to pick up all that curry goodness from the bottom of the pot.


We’re using a heavy pot as we want to heat to be evenly distributed so we can cook the shrimp quickly before it’s overcooked and goes rubbery. Do NOT cover the pot and DON’T walk away as we don’t want it to stick and burn. Mix well and after about 4-6 minutes you’ll have a delightful fry-dry curry shrimp. As you turn off the stove toss in the chopped cilantro (typically Shado Beni would be used) and mix well Feel free to use a non-stick pot if you’re worried about the amount of vegetable oil used or if you’re worried about it possibly burning on the high heat.


Besides being and excellent side dish, I love these curry shrimp on sandwiches. As mentioned above, mom would make thick coconut bake and we would line up in the kitchen for a sandwich stuffed with these shrimp. She did use smaller shrimp though.

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  1. Antoinette Browne
    May 11, 2021 / 5:02 pm

    This is my favorite way to cook my shrimp, I loe it dry with some with rice man my tummy haopy

  2. Steve
    October 21, 2016 / 3:32 pm

    Rustled this up the other day. WICKED!!!

    Kids loved it too.

    Thanks my man. Keep that goodness coming.

  3. Jayne
    September 30, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Hi Chris;How many people would this be for as a main dish served on its own with no bread or side? I want to make it tonight. Thank you!

    • admin
      September 30, 2016 / 10:02 pm

      as a main.. 3 people tops

  4. D. Singh
    September 28, 2016 / 6:18 pm

    Hi Chris, I usually make these Dry Curried Shrimp and I love it with rice, dal and a fresh green salad. I cooked it just the way you do but when it’s almost done cooking I add a pinch each of Coriander powder and Indian Five Spice powder.
    Chris, do you do have a recipe for Dry Pepper Shrimp (NO ketchup); if you do, can you please post it? Thank you. The only place that I’ve ever had it cooked this way was at the Golden Place restaurant on Southern Main Road, Marabella; it was delicious! It wasn’t as colourful like the ones we usually make with ketchup but it was much tastier.
    Chris thanks again and keep the delicious recipes coming; God bless!

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