Shrimp in Coconut Milk Sauce: Easy Chinese Recipe

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Have you ever tried shrimp in coconut milk? I love Chinese food and we occasionally splurge by going for take out to our local Chinese restaurant. The last time we splurged for the four of us, our bill came to close to $50. That made me step back and think about how much Chinese food I could make at home for the same price.  This easy Chinese recipe for Shrimp in Coconut Milk Sauce is one of my favorites.

Easy Chinese Recipe: Shrimp in Coconut Milk Sauce

Easy Chinese Recipe: Shrimp in Coconut Milk Sauce

You’re going to love my shrimp in coconut milk! It’s difficult to be certain if Chinese takeout food is really gluten-free. There are often a lot of fillers and even MSG in there. This recipe is gluten-free if it is served with rice which is the way we enjoy it. In the summer, we use fresh vegetables from the garden or farmer’s market. In the winter, we use frozen bagged vegetables to keep the costs down.

I really recommend that you make this dish in a wok. The high sides of the wok make it so much easier to prepare than making it in a traditional saute pan. Using a non-stick wok will help to cut down on the amount of cleanup you have to do after.


To make garlic shrimp in coconut milk

If you’ve ever tried garlic shrimp in coconut milk and fallen in love with it, no worries. You can easily replicate that taste with this recipe by adding minced garlic to the recipe when you saute the shrimp. I like to use already prepared garlic because it’s easiest. But, you can certainly start with fresh garlic, peel it and chop it yourself. 

Coconut milk curry shrimp

Did you know that this base recipe is also popular in Indian culture? It is! Except in that version, you would add curry powder. So, to make coconut milk curry shrimp, leave out the vegetables, add chopped onion, and add 2 tablespoons of curry paste and 2 teaspoons of curry powder. Yum!

Easy Chinese Recipe: Shrimp in Coconut Milk Sauce

An added benefit of this easy Chinese recipe is that since it has shrimp in it, it’s perfect for Lent or for any time you want to have a meal that is lighter on your waistline.

Coconut milk shrimp pasta dish

We don’t eat a lot of pasta because my daughter is gluten intolerant. And, I am not a huge fan of gluten-free pasta. But, if you really want a coconut milk shrimp pasta dish, you can use pasta instead of the rice. Just mix the final dish together with pasta and leave out the rice.

So, is this coconut milk shrimp keto? No, not really. Cornstarch does contain carbs. And, while a small amount is allowable on the keto diet, 2 tablespoons is a bit more than they’d prefer. And, soy sauce is not allowed typically. Now, you can use coconut aminos in place of the soy sauce. But, you’d have to experiment a bit to use less cornstarch.

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Other Asian recipes you might like

If you enjoy Asian recipes, you might want to try my Korean BBQ Stir Fry, my Mandarin Orange Chicken, or my Peanut Butter Pasta recipe. And, this frugal fried rice recipe is a great side dish. Or, the kids may enjoy these Wild Gochujang Wings. Even my husband who is not a huge fan of Chinese food loves my chicken wings recipe. 

Fun things to get for this meal

Of course, when you serve an Asian dish, it’s always fun to serve it with chopsticks. I have my own set that comes with a stand. And, when the kids were little, we got them a training pair of chopsticks so that they could learn how to hold them properly. Using chopsticks just helps to set the mood when you serve Chinese food. It’s not a requirement, but it is loads of fun. Try them with this shrimp in coconut milk sauce recipe.

fortune cookies

And, it’s also fun to serve fortune cookies with dinner. Now, I know some people make their own fortune cookies. But, that’s a bit too much work for me. You can buy them and keep them in a tightly sealed bag. Then, you’ll have them available whenever you want some. Now, if you want to make your own, check out this recipe for Fifteen Spatulas. You can make them the next time you try my shrimp in coconut milk.

Yield: 4

Shrimp in Coconut Milk Sauce

Shrimp in Coconut Milk Sauce

This easy Chinese recipe for Shrimp in Coconut Milk Sauce is one of my favorites.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • salt & pepper
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 lb shrimp, cooked, peeled, deveined
  • 1 small bag of frozen broccoli, carrots, snap peas and water chestnuts
  • garnish with slices of lime


  1. In a large pan or wok mix the coconut milk, cornstarch and salt and pepper.
  2. Stir over low heat until thickened.
  3. Add the sauce sauce, frozen vegetables and shrimp and cook for 5-6 minutes until shrimp are completely cooked.
  4. Serve over rice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 304 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 11g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 239mg Sodium: 1333mg Carbohydrates: 17g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 2g Protein: 29g
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  1. Rebecca Orr says
    I don't need to eat foods that are gluten free...but either way, this looks delicious. I will definitely be making this soon!
  2. This looks absolutely delicious! I don't eat shrimp myself, but my husband love it. I try to find simple and quick recipes that I can make for him. I know this is one that he is going to just love.
  3. nicole dziedzic says
    This is a awesome dish for a dinner during the week, awesome flavor! I know even my kids would love this.
  4. What an amazing recipe! I love anything with coconut milk in it, but especially when there are lots of veggies in the meal.
  5. Alena Belleque says
    Yum!! I'm pinning this for later. Easy, delicious, and affordable - it's the trifecta!
  6. Tammilee Tips says
    I love finding ways to make food at home like this instead of eating out. Love how healthy this is.
    • Ellen Christian says
      Thank you! Our goal was to make something at home so we didn't feel the need to go out for takeout.
  7. JR FrugalMom says
    This recipe really does look easy, and I sure think my family would enjoy it.
  8. This dish looks excellent and I could probably manage to make it, too!! I'll have to bookmark this page and grab some shrimp next week. Thanks for sharing!! :)
  9. jenny temcio says
    I pinned this on pinterest and then came over for the recipe. It sounds and looks so healthy and good! I am going to make it today :) 
  10. Karen Glatt says
    I am going to make this incredible recipe and get all the ingredients on Friday and this recipe is so easy to make and I just love it!!
  11. Stephanie Chavez says
    One of my favorite combinations.  Shrimp & Coconut were made for each other.  What a simple dinner idea, I love it!
  12. Wow! This is mouthwatering amazing! I would love for you to share this at my party Making Memories Mondays that is going on now! Hope to see you there! :-) Cathy
  13. This looks absolutely delicious! The coconut milk sauce sounds amazing!
  14. This looks so good.  I'm going to have to put this on the weeks menu.  Do you use coconut milk in the can or the refrigerated kind in the jug? I think the canned stuff is usually thicker, if it matters. Thanks! 
  15. Carole from Carole's Chatter says
    Oooh, I do hope you'll come over to Food on Friday: Fish & Seafood to bring this to the party! Cheers from Carole's Chatter
  16. Miz Helen says
    This is a dish that we will just love, it looks awesome!  Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope you have a great week. Come Back Soon! Miz Helen
  17. Looks delicious thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.
  18. This looks like a really, delicious Chinese-shrimp recipe.

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