Shrimp Curry a la Zephyr Wright

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Recipe: #37656

November 06, 2021

Categories: Shrimp, Indian,

"From president Johnson's cook"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (464.4 g)
  • Calories 419.1
  • Total Fat - 21.2 g
  • Saturated Fat - 11.8 g
  • Cholesterol - 337.2 mg
  • Sodium - 2274.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 19.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2 g
  • Sugars - 8 g
  • Protein - 36.8 g
  • Calcium - 284.4 mg
  • Iron - 1.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.1 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Steam shrimp until done

Step 2

Approximately 5 minutes or until pink.

Step 3

Saute onions in melted butter until tender.

Step 4

Stir in flour, curry powder, salt, sugar and ginger.

Step 5

Dissolve bouillon cube in water.

Step 6

Gradually combine bouillon and milk with onion and spice mixture, stirring until thickened.

Step 7

Add cooked shrimp and lemon juice, cooking only enough to heat through.

Step 8

Serve over 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.

  • Choose shrimp that is firm and has a mild odor.
  • Use fresh spices for the best flavor.

  • Substitute olive oil for butter - Olive oil is a healthier alternative to butter, and provides a different flavor profile to the dish.
  • Substitute coconut milk for regular milk - Coconut milk adds a creamy, tropical flavor to the dish, and is also a healthier alternative to regular milk.

Coconut Curry Shrimp Replace the milk with 1 cup of coconut milk and add 1/2 teaspoon of cumin to the spice mixture. Cook the shrimp in the coconut milk mixture until heated through.

Coconut Rice Pilaf
RECOMMENDED DISH DESCRIPTION: Coconut Rice Pilaf is a delicious accompaniment to the Shrimp Curry a la Zephyr Wright. The sweetness of the coconut and the nutty flavor of the rice pair perfectly with the spiciness of the curry. The coconut also adds a nice crunch and texture to the dish.

Spiced Lentil Soup: Spiced Lentil Soup is a great accompaniment to the Coconut Rice Pilaf. The soup adds a nice balance of flavor to the meal, with its earthy, savory taste. The spices also help to enhance the flavors of the curry, while the lentils provide a heartiness to the meal.


Q: How long should I steam the shrimp?

A: Approximately 5 minutes or until the shrimp are pink.

Q: What is the best way to store cooked shrimp?

A: Cooked shrimp should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: President Lyndon B. Johnson's cook, Zephyr Wright, was famous for her Shrimp Curry recipe. It was served at the White House and was a favorite amongst the president's staff and guests.

Fun Fact 2: Zephyr Wright was the first African American woman to hold a position in the White House. She served as the president's personal cook for over 25 years.