Thai Coconut Curry

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This coconut curry is the result of several attempts to replicate my favorite Thai diner's curry. It makes for a colorful presentation and looks like you worked a lot longer and harder than you did! Serve over sticky white rice.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped lemon grass

  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 cup light coconut milk

  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on

  • ¼ cup diced red bell pepper

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided

  • 2 stalks green onion, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce

  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sweet red chili sauce, or to taste

  • 1 pinch white sugar

  • 2 cups warm cooked rice


  1. Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Saute lemon grass, ginger, and garlic until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Add coconut milk and bring to a boil. Keep at a steady boil until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add shrimp, bell pepper, 1/2 of the cilantro, green onion, lime juice, fish sauce, soy sauce, chili sauce, and sugar. Simmer for 10 minutes.

  3. Serve curry over warm rice and garnish with remaining cilantro.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

296 Calories
10g Fat
28g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 296
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 4g 21%
Cholesterol 173mg 58%
Sodium 389mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 19mg 95%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 294mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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