Tired of the same boring recipes? Go global with Shrimp Curry In A Hurry and have dinner ready on the table in 30 minutes or less.
Shrimp Curry in a hurry – ok, ok so the name is a little cliché, but I wanted to emphasize how fast it is to make this weekday supper, which means that this dinner can be ready in 30 minutes or less. This is a recipe I’ve been making since college, and considering what my cooking skills were back then (read: still developing), it is very easy for anybody who loves spice to cook. Indian food is one of my favorite cuisines, mainly because nobody else eats it. Dad may be an adventurous eater, but he draws the line at curry. Mom certainly won’t eat it. My brother may or may not eat it (he might eat chicken dishes if they aren’t too spicy). I have one friend who ate it with me in college, but since there were no Indian restaurants near campus, it was very, very rare. I think that’s why I love Indian food so much – it tastes so good, yet I never have it. That’s the beauty of cooking at home – you can make anything you want without worrying about take out prices. If you love shrimp, vegetables, and spice (or if you’re feeling adventurous in trying a new cuisine), then this Shrimp Curry is a must for you.
If you’re new to Indian food, curry is a great place to start. Curry refers to a dish of meat and vegetables in an Indian-style sauce of strong spices and is typically served with rice. Curry powder, which is what I used in my sauce, is a spice mixture that can vary on the blend. Mine is a Madras-style powder with turmeric, cayenne, coriander, ginger, cumin, fenugreek, white pepper, cinnamon, fennel, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, and black pepper. They can also vary in spice level. Mine is specifically labeled hot curry powder, but not all curry powders are that spicy. You can pick up curry powder where you buy your spices. Mine came from Penzey’s Spices.
The first time I’ve tried curry sauce was…from a grocery store in Ireland (bet you didn’t expect me to say that). It was jar of pre-made curry sauce. I don’t even know how I ended up with it; I think I was tired of spaghetti sauce and wanted something new. Studying abroad in Ireland marked my transition into cooking since moving out of my parent’s house. For the first year and a half on campus, I had a meal plan and ate at the dining hall every day. When I spent a semester in Ireland, I had my own kitchen. Well, I shared it with three other students, but I bought my own groceries. Sure, the University of Limerick had a few eateries on campus, but you paid out of pocket each time. $6 for a sandwich every day? No thanks. I knew how to cook but wasn’t well versed in cooking from scratch. Add in that we didn’t own a microwave nor money for kitchen tools that we’d end up tossing after a few months, and I ended up with a few shortcut ingredients such as jarred sauces and packaged soup mixes.
When I started my junior year back in the U.S., I lived in an apartment with a kitchen. No more dining hall for me! I also went through this phrase where I cooked everything I could from scratch. Jarred sauces were the first to go. I absolutely loved that curry sauce I bought and set out to recreate it. I became obsessed with making curry. Chicken curry, mushroom curry, butternut squash curry, broccoli curry, beef curry (yes, I know beef goes against Indian beliefs, but hey I had beef in the freezer). It wasn’t until I started my first big girl job that I made shrimp curry since I could now afford shrimp.
Shrimp is probably one of the fastest cooking proteins, which is why I often make shrimp dishes when I need dinner in a hurry. You can certainly change up this dish as you see fit. I toss in whatever vegetables I have on hand, usually broccoli and mushrooms but today’s recipe has carrots and peas. Replace shrimp with chicken or make it vegetarian by bulking up the vegetables and using vegetable stock. And yes, you can even use beef and beef stock. It may not be ideal in Indian cuisine, but hey creative freedom, right?
Meal planning tip – Take some extra time on a day off to shell the shrimp and cut up the vegetables ahead of time. You can freeze unshelled shrimp, making them ready to grab at a moment’s notice. This recipe also works great with leftover rice.
10 minPrep Time
20 minCook Time
30 minTotal Time
- 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- 1/4 cup chopped carrots
- 4 button mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1/4 cup peas (thawed, if frozen)
- 1/2 pound raw shrimp, peeled, deveined, and patted dry
- In a large saucepan, add the rice and water. Bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and cover with a lid. Simmer 10-15 minutes or until all of the water is absorbed. Fluff with a fork.
- While the rice is cooking, in a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, curry powder, sugar, salt, and ginger.
- In a large skillet, melt the butter. Add the onion, carrots, and mushrooms. Cook 5 minutes or until soft. Add the flour mixture and stir to form a roux (similar to a paste). Whisk in the chicken broth and milk, trying to smooth the sauce as much as possible. Bring to a boil, whisking often until it thickens, about 5 minutes.
- Add the lemon juice, peas, and shrimp. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until the shrimp are pink and cooked all the way through. Serve over the cooked rice.
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