Thai Coconut Shrimp

I know that Thai cuisine is not really in my wheelhouse of Mediterranean expertise, but oh my gosh do I love it. We have a couple of great Thai places near us that I adore, but eating out gets expensive. So I’ve really been making an effort to try to learn how to make my favorites from those restaurants at home. You all know that shrimp is my favorite protein in the world, so this week I tackled making a gorgeous version of Thai coconut shrimp. I could not have been more thrilled with the results and it was easy to make!

First, I marinated the shrimp to really develop flavor. I tossed it with lots of garlic, lime juice and a little oil. Since lime juice can start to break down and cook shrimp after a bit (think Ceviche), I didn’t let it sit more than 10 minutes.
Then I just cooked that shrimp and all of its lovely garlic lime marinade with lots of red pepper, onion, herbs and seasoning. Oh my goodness, it smelled heavenly right away! The smell of onions cooking alone makes me happy, is that weird?
Then all I had to do was add the incredible coconut broth. It was a mixture of coconut milk, fish sauce, brown sugar and almond butter. I just happened to have almond butter instead of peanut butter, but peanut butter would work too! That savory and sweet mix was simply incredible. I let it simmer with the shrimp and veggies for 10-15 minutes and dinner was ready! I told you it was easy.

I also happened to have quinoa on hand, so I served it over that instead of rice. It really was such an incredibly flavorful, satisfying and light dish for summer. Marc and I both went nuts for it and loved that we had plenty of leftovers. It’s even better the next day. Hope you all enjoy this quick and simple dinner too! xoxo

Thai Coconut Shrimp
Thai Coconut Shrimp
5 from 2 votes
Thai Coconut Shrimp
Thai Coconut Shrimp
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins

This is a simple and amazing version of Thai coconut shrimp with lots of vegetables and seasoning in the most sensational broth.

Course: Main Course
Keyword: Shrimp, Thai Coconut Shrimp
Servings: 6
Calories: 382 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil divided
  • 1 whole lime juiced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1.5 pounds large shrimp peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 2 whole red bell peppers thinly sliced
  • 1 whole onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 can coconut milk 13.66 fl ounces
  • 1/4 cup Thai fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter or peanut butter
  • cooked quinoa or brown rice for serving
  • thinly sliced scallions as needed for garnish
  1. First, marinate the shrimp. Combine 1 tablespoon of the oil, the garlic, lime juice and shrimp in a medium bowl and stir it all together to coat it. Let it sit for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat the remaining oil in a large skillet with deep sides over medium high heat. Add the red peppers, onion, basil and cilantro. Let them get fragrant for a few minutes, until fragrant and soft. The shrimp should be done marinating at this point, so add them in and let them cook for about 4-5 minutes until pink and opaque, stirring everything together often. Season the whole mixture with the ground ginger, salt and pepper. 

  2. While that all cooks whisk the coconut milk, fish sauce, brown sugar and almond butter together in a bowl until smooth. Pour it into the skillet with the shrimp mixture and let it come to a low boil. Reduce it to a simmer and allow all of those gorgeous flavors to simmer together for 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. When it is done, take it off of the heat and serve in pretty bowls over quinoa or rice! It makes great leftovers too. Enjoy!! 

Nutrition Facts
Thai Coconut Shrimp
Amount Per Serving (1 bowl)
Calories 382 Calories from Fat 235
% Daily Value*
Fat 26.1g40%
Saturated Fat 14.9g93%
Cholesterol 162mg54%
Sodium 1109mg48%
Potassium 380mg11%
Carbohydrates 16.7g6%
Fiber 3.3g14%
Sugar 8.8g10%
Protein 25.4g51%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Thai Coconut Shrimp
Thai Coconut Shrimp

10 thoughts on “Thai Coconut Shrimp”

  1. 5 stars
    I love the idea of making this instead of going out for dinner. I bet this tastes just as good as my local Thai restaurant, plus I don’t have to pay a sitter. 🙂

  2. What a great recipe! Definitely something I should try, pushes me out of my foodie comfort zone 🙂

  3. Wow, this looks so delicious and I love that there aren’t too many ingredients (nor hard to find ones). Definitely going to give this a try soon!

Comments are closed.