Authentic and Easy Shrimp Curry


This is a home-style South Indian shrimp curry recipe from my husband's family. It is simple and quick to make. It contains no coconut so is not sweet, just mostly juicy and as hot as you like it. Serve with basmati rice or an Indian flatbread.

close up view of Shrimp Curry in a pan with a wooden spoon, and Shrimp Curry over rice in a bowl
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
5 servings


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 10 fresh curry leaves (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • 1 tomato, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon ground red chile pepper

  • 2 pounds medium shrimp - peeled and deveined

  • ¼ cup water

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • chopped fresh cilantro to taste


  1. Heat the oil in a wok or large saucepan over nearly high heat. Add the onions; cook and stir until browned. Mix in the curry leaves, then season with the ginger garlic paste, coriander and salt. Cook and stir for 1 minute.

  2. Season with salt and turmeric, then mix in the tomato, chile powder, shrimp and water. Reduce the heat to medium-high and cook for 7 to 8 minutes, until shrimp are opaque. Taste and adjust salt and chile powder if necessary. Season with garam masala, stir and remove from the heat.

  3. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve with flat bread or rice.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

268 Calories
13g Fat
5g Carbs
31g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 268
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 16%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 277mg 92%
Sodium 734mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 9mg 47%
Calcium 104mg 8%
Iron 5mg 27%
Potassium 376mg 8%

* 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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