Creamy Coconut Shrimp With Chili Powder & Lime
This creamy coconut shrimp recipe is made with simple, healthy ingredients like coconut milk, chili powder, garlic, lime, and basil. It’s so quick and easy to make for dinner and tastes absolutely DELICIOUS! Recipe is dairy-free and gluten-free.
Shrimp are one of my favourite quick and easy proteins to make. While you can’t go wrong with a simple garlic shrimp recipe, I love finding and sharing new ways to add flavour to these little shellfish. This creamy coconut shrimp recipe is no exception. The sauce is seriously so flavourful and all you need is one pan to make it!
As a dietitian, I’m happy to share that shrimp has a bunch of nutrition benefits which I get into below. The other 8 ingredients you need for this recipe are also super simple and nutritious.
Finally, in this post I also share a bunch of things you can serve this coconut shrimp with to round out your meal. The sauce goes SO well with the sides too (particularly whole grains). Enjoy!
Want more shrimp recipe inspiration? Check out my roundup of 15+ easy, healthy shrimp recipes for more ideas!
What You Need To Make This Recipe
This creamy coconut shrimp recipe is only 9 simple ingredients:
- olive oil
- canned coconut milk
- chili powder
- fresh basil
Full ingredient measurements + instructions are located in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
What To Serve With Coconut Shrimp
As a dietitian, I always recommend balancing your meal with a source of protein, complex carbs, healthy fats, and fibre-rich veggies.
Since shrimp is a protein and the coconut sauce here is a fat source, I would pair this shrimp with a source of complex carbs like quinoa, farro, or brown rice. Be sure to pour any extra sauce on top – it’s so good mixed into the grains, I promise!!
For a side of veggies, why not try one of the easy recipes below:
Storage & Reheating Notes
Leftovers of this recipe can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. To reheat – simply pop the leftovers in the microwave or warm them up in a pan on the stovetop.
Shrimp Nutrition & Health Benefits
Shrimp is not only so easy to cook, but it’s chock-full of nutrition and health benefits. For instance, shrimp is:
- an excellent source of high-quality, complete protein – a standard 3-ounce or 85-gram serving provides 18 grams
- a good source of micronutrients like selenium, B12, phosphorus, niacin, zinc, magnesium, and iron
- a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which support the health of your heart and brain
More Easy, Healthy Shrimp Recipes
- Garlic Shrimp With Smoked Paprika & Honey
- Green Goddess Rice Bowl With Shrimp
- Spaghetti Squash With Kale Pesto & Shrimp
- Cheesy Butternut Squash Rice With Shrimp
- Shrimp & Broccoli With Lemon, Honey & Feta
- Honey Mustard Garlic Shrimp
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Get the Recipe: Creamy Coconut Shrimp With Chili Powder & Lime
- Approx. 36 med-large shrimp, thawed, deveined + tails removed (about 450g or 1 lb)
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Salt + pepper, to taste
- 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced or minced
- 1 cup canned coconut milk
- 1 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 lime, juice only
- 1/2 tsp honey
- Salt + pepper, to taste
- 5-10 leaves fresh basil, chopped
- Toss shrimp with olive oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
- Heat a large pan over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Once hot, add shrimp to the pan leaving adequate space between each piece. Cook for 1 minute per side. Remove and set aside in a clean bowl. You will likely have to do this in batches!
- Once shrimp is cooked, add garlic to the same skillet and cook for about 2 minutes until fragrant. If needed, you can add a splash more olive oil, but there should still be some leftover from the shrimp.
- Add coconut milk, chili powder, lime juice, honey, salt, and pepper to the pan with garlic. Stir and allow to simmer for about 5 minutes.
- Stir shrimp back in and allow to cook for another 1-2 mins, until warmed up. Remove from heat and allow to sit for a couple minutes (this will allow the sauce to thicken a bit!)
- Serve over whole grains, as desired. Garnish with fresh basil + enjoy!
- If you’d like, you can also serve this with some toasted, crusty bread for slopping up the rest of the sauce 🙂
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22 Comments on “Creamy Coconut Shrimp With Chili Powder & Lime”
I tried this recipe last week. I love to cook and experiment with recipes and often time I altered in some way the recipes i come across. This one i followed it 100% and i was glad I did. It was delicious. A must try and repeat!!!!!
Hi Graciela! Thank you so much for the kind comment and for sharing your experience! It’s so appreciated. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this one 🙂
Simple and tasty recipe! Added bok choy and it turned out great!
Hi Deidra! Thank you so much for sharing your experience! So happy to hear you enjoyed this one. Bok choy sounds just perfect with this!!
I made this last night. Cannot get over how easy and delicious it was! My husband said it was restaurant quality – but better!
Hi Liz! Aw I’m so happy to hear that both you and your husband enjoyed this one. Thank you so much for the kind words and for taking the time to leave a review – so appreciated!!!
I meal prepped this last night with some rice and steamed broccoli and as I sit here eating it for lunch I’m convinced I have the best lunch in the office today. SO simple, SO flavourful!!
Hi Lisa! Thank you so much for sharing your experience!! It’s so appreciated and I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this one. Rice and broccoli is the perfect pairing for this! And YAY for the best lunch in the office haha 😉
I’ve been making this for the last few months and loving it. Last week, we went on a cottage vacation with my husband’s whole family- we took turns cooking- we made this for one of our dinners, and everyone RAVED about it! Everyone was saying what comfort food it was, how creamy it was, and how they couldn’t believe how simple it seemed to make. I will likely make this once every couple of weeks from now on.
This makes me SO happy to hear, Tara!! Thank you so much for sharing this. I love that it was a hit with the whole family and that it’s become a staple recipe for you!!! I feel like this sauce would work well with other proteins too if you want to experiment with it 🙂
This made it to my top favorite 5 meals! It is super simple and quick to make, healthy ingredients, love the dairy and gluten free and not to mention absolutely DELISH. I was licking the plate clean and honestly spooning the leftover sauce because it was that good! Just enough spice and tons of flavor. I didn’t have any honey on hand so I omitted that ingredient but it was still so good! I highly recommend you make this!
Hi Dana! Thank you SO much for this kind review. It’s so appreciated! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed this sauce and that you were licking it clean like I was when I made it haha!! So flattered to hear it’s made it to your top 5 meals <3 Thank you again!
I have made this wonderful and flavorful recipe with chicken breast instead of shrimp! It is amazing to know that many of Carrie’s recipes are interchangeable. The creamy chilly sauce is light and had many layers of flavor. Like most recipes, list of ingredients wasn’t complex and made within 30mins. Easy for meal preparation on a Sunday. Thanks once again for sharing these nutritional flavorful recipes!
Hi Melissa! Thank you so much for this kind and detailed review <3. I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe and love that you were able to use the sauce with chicken instead of shrimp! I think it would work great with most proteins 🙂 Thank you again!!!
This was absolutely delicious! I used Sriracha sauce that I had on hand instead of chili powder. I will definitely make this again.
Yum!! Sriracha sounds so delish here and I’m glad it worked out well. Thank you so much for sharing, Marguerite!! I so appreciate all the reviews 🙂
Do you share calorie count with your recipes? Am I just not seeing it? Thank you.
Hi C! For both personal and professional reasons, I intentionally choose not to include the exact nutrition breakdown of my recipes. Ultimately, focusing on numbers goes against my nutrition philosophy as a dietitian and I much prefer to highlight the various health benefits of the whole food ingredients that I use! You can read more about my decision not to include them on my FAQ page if interested.
Thank you so much for understanding!
Enjoyed this for dinner last night served over 50/50 zoodles and red lentil pasta. My fiancé loves spice so, I was excited to give this a try. DELCIOUS. Enjoyed the left overs for lunch today over cauliflower rice. The additional sauce hits the spot over your favorite grain or veggie. Will absolutely be making this again!
Hi Lauren! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this kind review. So happy that you and your fiancé enjoyed this one!! Totally agreed that the extra sauce is perfect over the rest of your meal 🙂
PS. You may also enjoy this smoked paprika shrimp with honey – it’s my other fave!!
Loved this recipe! I added red pepper flakes for more heat and a tad more coconut milk for a looser sauce (just my preferences). Served it with rice and veggies. Thanks so much, Carrie!
Hi Liz! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review – it’s so appreciated! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this one and that you were able to modify it to your liking. Over rice and veggies sounds just perfect 🙂