15 Minute Thai Prawn Curry

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Thai prawn curry is a quick and easy dinner recipe made with red curry paste, spring onions and red pepper. It’s perfect served with rice or over noodles.

Spicy prawny goodness 🦐

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This is such a good healthy dinner. Full of spice and flavour – it’s so much simpler to make than it tastes. I used a ready made Thai red curry paste because it makes this dish come together so quickly. 

I love treating us to prawns sometimes on a weeknight. We don’t have them very often because they’re a bit more expensive than some other meats or keeping it veggie like we normally do on a weeknight.

I’ve been working on creating a whole collection of 15 minute recipes this year and it’s coming along nicely. From kimchi fried rice to noodle salad and salmon linguine there’s a whole load of 15 minute recipes to be found on the site now and they’re all guaranteed deliciousness.

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Why we love this Thai prawn curry:

  • First off it takes just 15 minutes to make so it’s the perfect quick and easy weeknight dinner 
  • It’s a healthy recipe and you can add extra veggies or serve with brown rice or another healthy grain to make it even healthier
  • This recipe is also gluten free and dairy free so it’s great for people with dietary restrictions
  • It’s also a versatile recipe which you can make completely vegan by using vegetables instead of prawns and leaving out the fish sauce or you can try adding chicken or beef instead of the prawns

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Thai Prawn Curry Ingredients:

  • Thai Red Curry Paste: You can usually buy this in supermarkets but if not you could order it online (scroll down for a link to the brand we use)
  • Coconut Milk: For that creamy richness
  • Prawns: Try and get sustainably sourced ones if you can
  • Red Pepper: Adds a lovely touch of sweetness and crunch
  • Spring Onions
  • Lime: Zest and juice
  • Fish Sauce: I know it smells gross but it tastes amazing in this curry
  • Sugar
  • Fresh Coriander and Rice: To serve

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Thai Prawn Curry Instructions:

  1. Fry the curry paste: Heat vegetable oil and add the curry paste, fry for a couple of minutes, then add the pepper and spring onion and stir to coat.
  2. Simmer the curry: Add the coconut milk, lime zest and juice, fish sauce and sugar and bring to a simmer.
  3. Add the prawns: Add the prawns to the curry then cook for another few minutes until the prawns are cooked through. 

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Expert tips for making Thai prawn curry:

  • To make this recipe vegan simply switch the prawns for extra veggies and leave out the fish sauce, it will still taste delicious!
  • If you’re sensitive to spice you can adjust how much curry paste you use or add more coconut milk to make it milder
  • If you want to make this curry healthier then you can add extra veggies like broccoli or spinach
  • If you’d rather a different meat you could try adding chicken at the start of cooking or chunks of white fish

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Want more? Try these other curry recipes!

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15 Minute Thai Prawn Curry

Thai prawn curry is a quick and easy dinner recipe made with red curry paste, spring onions and red pepper. It's perfect served with rice or over noodles.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Thai
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 142kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Thai Red Curry Paste
  • 1 400g tin Coconut Milk
  • 150 g Large Raw Prawns
  • 1 Red Pepper sliced
  • 70 g Spring Onions sliced
  • 1 Lime zest and juice
  • 1 tsp Fish Sauce
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • Fresh Coriander chopped, to serve
  • Rice or Noodles to serve

Instructions

  • Heat a drizzle of vegetable oil in a large pot over a medium heat and add the curry paste. Fry for a couple of minutes until fragrant then add the pepper, spring onion, coconut milk, lime zest and juice, sugar and fish sauce.
  • Bring to a simmer then add the prawns and cook for a couple more minutes until the prawns are pink and cooked through. Serve with rice or noodles and chopped with coriander.
Nutrition Facts
15 Minute Thai Prawn Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 189mg 63%
Sodium 827mg 34%
Potassium 316mg 9%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 7g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 91.5%
Vitamin C 117.1%
Calcium 16.6%
Iron 16.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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5 Comments

  • Reply
    Emmeline
    02/06/2019 at 10:39 AM

    This recipe looks amazing! Love all the flavors and since I’m a big fan of Thai food I can’t wait to try this version.

  • Reply
    Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
    02/06/2019 at 11:18 AM


    Ooo, this looks so good! I love that it only takes 15 minutes too so I can opt for it on a busy weeknight!

  • Reply
    Nicolas Hortense
    02/06/2019 at 11:31 AM

    Wow nice!!!I love how this recipe is so quick and easy!! (:

  • Reply
    Chris Collins
    02/06/2019 at 1:33 PM


    I love quick and easy recipes like this! So perfect for mid week!

  • Reply
    Juli
    02/06/2019 at 2:58 PM


    Red curry is a family favorite over here, and I love how simple the recipe is!

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