Prawn Masala Curry

Prawn Masala Curry – Shrimp Curry

Prawn Masala Curry is simple and like many Indian dishes, it is delicious and packed with flavor. The recipe is quite easy, and most of the ingredients are those great spices we expect in Indian cuisine. We Americans would call this dish Shrimp Curry.

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Prawn Masala Curry (Shrimp Curry)

The recipe involves two steps: a marinade for the shrimp and a masala gravy. The nice thing is that the prawns (shrimp) are marinated only as long as it takes to make the gravy, so the recipe doesn’t take much time at all.

What I like about prawns is how quickly they cook.  They take approximately 5 minutes to cook through. That means dinner can be on the table in 20 minutes with very little work! 

Serve the Prawn Masala Curry with plain or basmati rice and naan.

What’s the Difference Between Shrimp and Prawns for Prawn Masala Curry?

Shrimp and prawns have plenty of similarities, but they’re not the same animal. Here’s how to spot which one you’re eating.

When it comes to cooking and eating shellfish, shrimp and prawns are probably the most common choices. On menus and in conversation, shrimp and prawn are often used interchangeably, and it is easy to see why. They look and taste so alike that they are practically indistinguishable. But actually, shrimp and prawns are very different.

Prawns are bigger, but shrimp have more variety for Shrimp Curry

The top five largest in the prawn/shrimp category are all prawns. The largest shrimp, the Pacific White Shrimp is number six. So, when it comes to presentation, prawns are the way to go. But when it comes to what is likely to be available, you’ve got a lot more choices in size when you buy shrimp. And in home cooking, you’ll have a lot more variety if you buy shrimp.

But can you substitute shrimp for prawns and vice-versa?

In all of the important ways, prawns and shrimp are essentially identical. In taste, texture, how they work in recipes, and in all nutritional aspects, you can use them interchangeably without noticing. This is a good thing when cooking at home since often shrimp are less expensive than prawns. You can make Prawn Masala Curry with either Prawns or Shrimp.

Prawn Masala Curry

Prawn Masala Curry

Prawn Masala Curry (Shrimp Curry) is simple and easy to make.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Asian, Indian
Keyword: Shrimp
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 222kcal


  • A Wok


  • 1 lb Prawns or shrimp
  • 1 Lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tbsp Cooking oil
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 tsp Garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Ginger minced
  • 1 Green chili minced
  • 3 tbsp Curry powder
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1 Can of Coconut milk
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro chopped
  • Rice for serving


  • In a bowl, add the lemon juice, salt and turmeric.
  • Toss in the shrimps and coat, set aside while you cook the aromatics.
  • In a skillet, add oil, and cook the onions and ginger until it sweats
  • Add by the curry powder, paprika – sauté for 30 seconds more.
  • Next, add the coconut milk – and bring it to a boil.
  • Season with salt and black pepper.
  • Cover and simmer on medium heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp and cilantro.
  • Cover and cook for 5-6 minutes or until shrimp are cooked through.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro. Serve over steamed rice.



Notes: If you don’t have prawns or shrimp, you can make this with skinless, boneless chicken thighs and it is just as delicious.


Serving: 1Cup | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 315mg | Sodium: 1270mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 291IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 194mg | Iron: 4mg
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If you like this recipe for Prawn Masala Curry, check out our recipe for Shrimp Salad with Mando and Avocado. Or you can try our Instant Pot Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes. Another great shrimp recipe is South Beach Shrimp Stir Fry

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