In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

How To Make Delicious Curry Shrimp At Home!

The Ultimate Curry Shrimp is one of the most visited (used) recipes on the website ever since it was uploaded, and while it’s still very much relevant, I thought I’d share a version with some slight differences. Especially since I’m doing the ‘comfort food’ series on YouTube.

1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (geera)
1 medium tomato (puree)
1 medium onion (puree)
6-8 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
1 scotch bonnet pepper (cut in 1/4s)
1 1/2 tablespoon curry powder
3/4 tablespoon Anchar Masala
1 cup water
1 1/4 lb medium shrimp (peel / devein)
1/2 lime (juice)
1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Notes! May I suggest you follow along with the video below as much more about the recipe is discussed there. Especially why I used puree tomato and onion and why I didn’t finish with Shado Beni (culantro) or Cilantro (coriander). If making this recipe gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to ensure they meet your gluten free requirements.

In a wide saucepan, heat the oil on a medium flame, add the cumin (geera) seeds and cook for 2-3 minutes before adding the pureed onion and tomato combo. If you don’t have a blender or magic bullet, you can chop both as fine as you can get them.

After about 3 minutes add the ginger, garlic, Caribbean Green Seasoning and Scotch Bonnet Pepper and stir well. No need for the hot pepper if you don’t want the curry shrimp spicy. However I did discuss the heat level and why I used a green Scotch Bonnet (not fully mature).

Stir well, then add the curry powder and anchar masala (use ground roasted cumin if you cannot source the anchar masala). Turn the heat down after another good stir and cook on med/low for 5 minutes.

After the spices which make up the curry powder has had time to bloom, add the water and turn the heat back up to medium. Bring to a boil and reduce by about 1/2.

It will take between 4-5 minutes. Peel and devein the shrimp (I left the tails on – optional) and wash with the juice of the lime (or lemon) and cool water. Add the shrimp and salt. Cook for about 3-4 minutes as we don’t want to end up with rubbery curry shrimp from over-cooking.

Taste and adjust the salt, top with fresh ground black pepper and parsley and shut off the stove.

You just mastered the art of cooking Excellent Curry Shrimp as done in the Caribbean, especially Trinidad and Tobago. ENJOY!

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  1. Jayne Lein
    February 19, 2024 / 1:48 pm

    I want to make this curry shrimp but I am wondering how many people this recipe is for? Thanks for all the great recipes that you share!

    • admin
      February 23, 2024 / 6:06 pm

      at least 4 people, each getting about 4 plump shrimp.

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