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