Prawn Curry

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"From one of our national supermarkets monthly magazines Jan/Feb' '17. If peeling and deveined yourself allow an extra 30 to 45 minutes prep time."

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (401.6 g)
  • Calories 388.2
  • Total Fat - 14.8 g
  • Saturated Fat - 2.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 196 mg
  • Sodium - 1781.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 37.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 4.6 g
  • Sugars - 13 g
  • Protein - 27.4 g
  • Calcium - 230 mg
  • Iron - 1.9 mg
  • Vitamin C - 14.8 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat oil in a large frying pan or wok over medium heat and add onion and cook for 3 minutes or until softened and then stir in curry paste and sweet potato and cook for 1 minute or until fragrant.

Step 2

Add coconut milk, fish sauce, beans and bamboo shoots and simmer gently for 6 minutes or until potato is just tender.

Step 3

Add prawns and tomato and cook for 3 minutes or until prawns change colour.

Step 4

Remove from heat and garnish with coriander and serve with steamed rice.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When choosing shrimp, look for ones with a bright color and no discoloration.
  • When selecting the curry paste, make sure to check the ingredients to ensure it is gluten-free if needed.

  • Instead of vegetable oil, use olive oil. The benefit of this substitution is that olive oil is a healthier alternative to vegetable oil, as it is higher in monounsaturated fats, which can help reduce cholesterol levels.
  • Instead of sweet potato, use pumpkin. The benefit of this substitution is that pumpkin is a great source of dietary fiber, which helps with digestion and can help lower cholesterol levels.

Vegetarian Option Substitute the prawns for firm tofu, cut into cubes, and add 1/2 cup of cooked chickpeas. Simmer for 6 minutes or until the tofu is heated through. Garnish with coriander and serve with steamed rice.

Coconut Rice - This fragrant and flavorful rice dish is the perfect accompaniment to the spicy prawn curry. The sweetness of the coconut milk balances the heat of the curry and adds a layer of creaminess to the dish.

Mixed Vegetable Raita: This cooling yogurt-based side dish is a great way to balance the flavors of the coconut rice and prawn curry. The combination of cucumber, tomatoes, and onions adds a refreshing crunch to the meal, while the yogurt helps to mellow out the spiciness of the curry.


Q: How long does it take to make this recipe? A: This recipe can take up to 1 hour and 45 minutes to prepare and cook. 30 to 45 minutes of the time is spent on peeling and deveining the shrimp. The actual cooking time is about 15 minutes.

Q: Does this recipe require any special ingredients? A: This recipe requires some ingredients that may not be commonly found in a typical kitchen. These include shrimp, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame oil.

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This recipe for Prawn Curry is similar to the traditional Malaysian dish Nasi Lemak, which was a favorite of the late actor and comedian Robin Williams.

The ingredients used in this recipe are common in Southeast Asian cuisine, and are often used in dishes like Pad Thai, which was famously served to the King of Siam by Anna Leonowens in the musical The King and I.