Shrimp in Coconut Sauce

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 over rice in a brown bowl


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?


Easy Shrimp in Coconut Sauce simmering in a black skillet


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


Shrimp in Coconut Sauce in a brown plate over rice with a side of vegetables


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:

  1. Gently place frozen shrimp in a large bowl and submerge in cold water for about 15 minutes, then drain in a colander.  
  2. 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. 


Shrimp in coconut sauce over white rice and topped with cilantro

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Shrimp in Coconut Sauce
Recipe Type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Asian
Author: Sandra @ The Foodie Affair
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Cook time:
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Serves: 3-4
  • 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)
  1. 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).
  2. Spoon over rice and garnish with cilantro.

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! #easy #recipe #shrimp #lowcarb #ketodiet #Thai #thefoodieaffair

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  1. It was pretty good but a little bland. Not sure what to add for an extra kick…maybe needs more garlic and salt.

  2. 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!!

  3. 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