Shrimp in Coconut Sauce with cilantro and tomatoes! This creamy coconut shrimp dish has a slightly spicy bite to it and is ready in under 30 minutes!
Shrimp in Coconut Sauce
The Lunar New Year is next week, and if you like to celebrate all traditions, then the Chinese New Year is a festive gala you’ll want to participate in!
I’m envious if you are lucky enough to join in on a family celebration with a variety of Chinese foods or happen to be in an area where the festival is in full swing!
Don’t let the lack of invitations keep you from participating in your own fun, even if your menu isn’t customary Chinese food.
This Shrimp in Coconut Sauce was inspired by Thai meal that Alan and I enjoyed at a restaurant. Thai cuisine is a blend of Asian traditions, so we can let this dish pass for Chinese food, ya think?
Creamy Coconut Shrimp
This dish is the Asian version of comfort food! Super delicious sauce that you will want to slurp it up with a spoon!
Also, this meal is a one pan skillet, which makes the cooking speedy, especially when you have some help with the deveining and cleaning of the shrimp.
I sautéed the onion and cooked the rice, while Alan prepared the shrimp.
In addition, I soaked my sticky rice in advance, so all I had to do was pop it in the microwave for 6 minutes while cooking the shrimp.
For low carb followers, this dish is delicious with this easy cauliflower fried rice.
Can you use frozen shrimp?
Absolutely! Fresh shrimp was used for this recipe, but with advance preparation frozen shrimp can be used as well.
Follow these methods to defrost frozen shrimp:
- Gently place frozen shrimp in a large bowl and submerge in cold water for about 15 minutes, then drain in a colander.
- Put frozen shrimp in a bowl in the refrigerator and cover. Before preparing dish, drain shrimp in a colander.
Looking for some more Asian inspired 30 minute recipes?
- Asian Lettuce Wraps – Eat like burrito, but unlike wrapping the filling in a thick hearty tortilla, you use soft pliable lettuce.
- Sweet and Sour Pork – Delicious healthier version of this classic meal.
- Baked Pomegranate Glazed Salmon – flaky and succulent fish recipe slathered in an easy sweet, savory, spicy pomegranate molasses orange glaze.
- Kung Pau Chicken – Stir-fried chicken with a flavorful spicy sauce topped with peanuts.
You also might like these shrimp recipes!
Shrimp and Pineapple Fried Rice
Spicy Tequila Shrimp
- 1 pound Shrimp, shelled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons oil (olive, avocado or canola)
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped
- 1 cup matchstick carrots
- 1 garlic clove, chopped
- 1 teaspoon red chile flakes
- 1 can (15 ounce) coconut milk – I used light
- 1 large tomato, diced
- cilantro for garnishing and sticky rice (optional)
- Over medium high heat, heat oil in a large skillet. Cook onion and carrot together until onion is translucent and fragrant. Stir in garlic and chile flakes and cook for about 30 seconds. Add coconut milk, diced tomatoes and shrimp. Simmer until shrimp is cooked (light pink in color for about 4-5 minutes).
- Spoon over rice and garnish with cilantro.
It was pretty good but a little bland. Not sure what to add for an extra kick…maybe needs more garlic and salt.
Hi Cody! Yes, always season to your personal preference. Maybe a little chili peppers? Thank you for commenting!
What a great recipe. I like that is combines so many flavors. I would have to try with another type of meat since I’m allergic to shrimp.
Yvonne [Tried and Tasty]
Oh my heavens, this looks delicious – I LOVE shrimp!!! This actually reminds me of a fantastic shrimp dish that I had once at a restaurant. I’ll have to give this a try!
Coconut and shrimps match perfectly! Great dish!
Michelle @ The Complete Savorist
Oh! I have all the ingredients to make this. YUM
Love the colors and details in this pic and recipe. You take your time in taking the pics and I love seeing your work.
Debra from Bowl Me Over
Love shrimp! Love the combo with coconut too, pinned!
We’re major shrimp lovers over here…this looks wonderful!
If I made this meal, it would make my boyfriend supremely happy! I may have to do it!
The Food Hunter
This looks delicious and the flavors sound wonderful
Linda (Meal Planning Maven)
This dish is so tantalizing to the eye as well as the tummy…well done!
Maureen @ Wisconsin Mommy
I was wondering about what all you could use coconut milk for. This sounds really good.
Stacey - Travel Blogger
This sounds like a great meal for a cold day. I might have to try it this weekend.
I love shrimp. This looks so very good.
Definitely a winner. When you say sticky rice do you mean glutinous rice or short grain white rice?
I love shrimp and that sauce sounds really really good to me. As for the sticky rice–all my rice comes out sticky unless I use Success rice that boils in the pouch!!
I have been craving shrimp like that for the longest time. Guess I will have to make some 🙂
Renee's Kitchen Adventures
This looks so lovely. Thai flavors are some of my favorite. There is a local restaurant that has the best Thai food ever! I would love to make some at home. This recipe looks like a great one to start with.
my husband would go nuts for this! YUM!
Oh that looks so good. I love the combination of shrimp and coconut milk.
This looks so easy and flavorful. My husband doesn’t eat shrimp, so I’m going to save this one for a special treat for me on a night he’s not home!
My husband would love this! Looks amazing!
Robin (Masshole Mommy)
We don’t eat seafood in our house, but I bet people that love shrimp will LOVE this.
Love shrimp with a lovely coconut sauce and a little bit of chilli flakes for a kick sounds like a winner dish and easy. You have to love the quick and easy dishes. Thanks so much for the mention! Take Care, BAM