Easy Chinese Recipe: Shrimp in Coconut Milk Sauce

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.

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Easy Chinese Recipe: Shrimp in Coconut Milk Sauce

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.

Yields 4

Shrimp in Coconut Milk Sauce

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

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 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.



847 cal


41 g


40 g


79 g
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After you’re done enjoying this Shrimp in Coconut Milk Sauce, make sure you turn on Netflix and watch Mulan because it’s one of the shows available this month. Mulan is one of my (21 yo) daughter’s favorite Disney shows. Movies and TV can show kids that just because you may be quiet and shy today, that doesn’t mean you can’t be Superman tomorrow. Mulan certainly shows everyone that.

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.


  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. Yum!! I'm pinning this for later. Easy, delicious, and affordable - it's the trifecta!
  6. I love finding ways to make food at home like this instead of eating out. Love how healthy this is.
  7. 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. 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. 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. 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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