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coconut lime shrimp in pan

Coconut Milk Shrimp

  • Author: Katya
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Simmer
  • Cuisine: Thai


Saucy shrimp simmered in creamy coconut milk sauce with fresh garlic, ginger, pepper flakes, and lime juice. It’s perfect over cooked rice and ready in only 30 minutes! 




  • 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp, pat dried with a paper towel
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil or avocado oil
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger
  • ¼ tsp. red chili flakes
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp. butter for cooking shrimp


  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 scallionsthinly sliced, white and green parts separated
  • ¼ tsp. red chili flakes 
  • 1 (14 oz.) can unsweetened coconut milk (not lite)
  • 1 Tbsp. fish sauce
  • Zest 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lime juice, about 1/2 lime
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Kosher salt, to taste



  1. In a bowl, toss the shrimp with olive oil, honey, garlic, ginger, red chili flakes, and salt. Set aside to marinate for 15 minutes at room temperature.
  2. Melt butter over medium-high heat in a large non-stick skillet. When the butter is hot, add the shrimp with a pair of tongs. Leave the liquid from shrimp inside the bowl. Cook the shrimp for 1-2 minutes per side or until pink on the outside. Remove immediately to a clean bowl. Shrimp will be raw on the inside. If you have leftover liquid in the pan from the shrimp, drain it before adding butter in the next step.


  1. Reduce the heat to medium and add butter to the skillet. Add shallots, white parts of scallions, and chili flakes. Cook for a few minutes until soft and fragrant. Stir in coconut milk and fish sauce. Season with salt to taste. Simmer until thickened, about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Stir in lime zest, juice, and shrimp. Simmer for few minutes until the shrimp is cooked through. Do not overcook the shrimp. Add green parts of scallions and cilantro.

Keywords: coconut shrimp, quick shrimp, shrimp in sauce