Sweet Coconut Shrimp Curry (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls, Whole30)

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recipe served in a yellow bowl, with steam rising

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
~ Leonardo da Vinci

Quick and Delicious – My Favorite Combination

Being on a healing diet, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It’s a requirement when you need to make all of your meals from scratch. Some meals are worth a lot of effort, but my favorite recipes are the ones that are absolutely delicious, yet fast to prepare. This is one of those recipes. From start to finish, you can have this on the table in under 30 minutes.

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Sweet Coconut Shrimp Curry (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls, Whole30)

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  • Author: Eileen Laird
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


Base Recipe: Sweet Coconut Shrimp Curry:

  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp. nightshade-free curry powder (see options below)
  • 1/8 tsp. cardamom (omit for strict AIP)
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 lb. peeled and deveined shrimp
  • 3 cups broccoli (frozen is fine)

Nightshade-Free Seeded Curry:

My recipe and recommended if you tolerate seed-based spices

  • 2 Tbsp. ground coriander
  • 2 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 4 tsp. ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard

Nightshade-Free Seedless Curry:

From the former blog, Feed Me Rachel (use for strict AIP)

  • 1/2 Tbsp granulated garlic
  • 1/2 Tbsp granulated onion
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp dried cilantro
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried dill weed
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground clove


  1. Choose your nightshade-free curry recipe. Whisk the ingredients together and put in a spice jar.
  2. If you're making homemade coconut milk, get that ready in advance.
  3. Melt coconut oil in medium pot over medium heat. Add diced onion and sauté 5 minutes.
  4. Add spices and sauté until fragrant.
  5. Add coconut milk and water, bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
  6. Add shrimp and broccoli. Return pot to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer 3-5 minutes, just until shrimp turns pink and broccoli is warmed through. Enjoy!


  1. Meal Planning Note: This recipe is delicious and it’s tempting to eat a lot, but it’s also very rich. I recommend eating it as 4 small servings, with a vegetable on the side to fill out the meal. Cauliflower rice is a nice side dish. You can even serve the curry on top of the “rice”, if you like.
  2. If you have access to Wild Pink Oregon Shrimp, that's what you see in the photo above. It's a small shrimp caught in sustainable fisheries, and it's sold in the frozen food aisle, pre-peeled and pre-cooked. If you don't have access to that, this recipe works well with any shrimp.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Main Courses
  • Method: Stovetop

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17 comments on “Sweet Coconut Shrimp Curry (Paleo, AIP, GAPS, Wahls, Whole30)”

  1. My husband is allergic to shrimp but I was craving curry. Instead, I cubed two chicken breasts and browned them in ghee. I removed the chicken and threw the onions in the leftover ghee. I used a TBL of curry powder. I also added carrots and chopped kale in with the broccoli. It turned out delicious! Thanks for the recipe! Most curry recipes call for tomato. I really like the lack of tomato in this. It’s simple and yummy.

  2. Looks yummy. Trying to figure out what I could substitute for the broccoli. Could do cauliflower, but want to serve it over cauliflower rice.

  3. Just made this with the strict AIP spices and am thrilled! Can’t believe it tastes like curry (minus the heat). Into my small box of keeper recipes it goes as I know I’ll come back to it again and again. Easy to play with as well – I added carrot, extra onion and extra turmeric, and fresh cilantro since I had no dried. Thank you Eileen for making me feel normal tonight – spices are my comfort food!

    1. Joy, thanks so much for commenting! We are curry sisters this week. I just had this for dinner tonight (one hour ago), and then logged into the blog and found your comment. This is one of my favorite recipes, too.

  4. Just made this for dinner tonight. My husband (who is not on any specific diet) and I both loved it!! Super easy and delicious. Finally, a bit of the flavor that I am used to (I am Indian and eat a lot of Indian food). We also made the scallion cauliflower rice, which was also super easy and delicious. Thank you!!

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