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Curry Quinoa with Coconut Milk, Bell Peppers, and Jumbo Shrimp


February 18, 2013

Recipe: Curry Quinoa with Coconut Milk, Bell Peppers, and Jumbo Shrimp

When it comes to my tastes, be it in food, fashion, or film, I tend to be eclectic. I’m making Eggplant Carpaccio one moment and Bacon Burgers the next and just as easily could be found in pearls and cashmere as cowboy boots and my favorite old pair of jeans.

raw quinoa

Quinoa: A magical grain if you ask me.

There truly is no food or flavor that is off-limits in my book, but as the seasons change I find my cravings changing along with them. This time of the year when Spring is not yet in sight, and Fall is a distant memory I want to be transported to a land with exotic flavors. This Curry Quinoa, made with Coconut Milk, Bell Peppers, Mushrooms, and Jumbo Shrimp fits that bill to a T. Even better it can be made in less than thirty minutes and with just two pans. The leftovers reheat beautifully and are a great breakfast if you don’t mind starting off your day with a little kick.


What do you cook to get you through the grays days of Winter?

Curry Quinoa with Coconut Milk, Bell Peppers, and Jumbo Shrimp
Serves 4-6

Curry Quinoa

Curry Quinoa with Coconut Milk, Bell Peppers, and Jumbo Shrimp

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1/3 cup chopped onions
  • 14 ounces coconut milk (divided into 10 ounces and 4 ounces)
  • 3 tsp curry powder (best you can find)
  • 1 1/2 TB palm sugar
  • 2 tsp Indian Saffron (aka turmeric)
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1/2 lb cremini mushrooms, wiped clean and halved
  • 1/2 each, green and red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lb jumbo shrimp, raw, deveined, shell on
  • 1 TB fresh lime juice
  1. In a medium bowl, toss the raw shrimp with the lime juice and set aside.
  2. In a large liquid measuring cup measure 10 ounces coconut milk and add 8 ounces water to bring to 2 cups. Add in curry powder, sugar, 1 tsp Indian Saffron, and tomato paste. Stir well to combine.
  3. In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onion and cook until translucent, stirring occasionally, 3-5 minutes.
  4. Add the quinoa and cook, stirring frequently, until the grains are separate and golden.
  5. Add the coconut milk mixture, stir, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover for 8 minutes.
    raw mushrooms
  6. At 8 minutes, add the mushrooms in a layer (but don’t stir) and then top with the peppers. Return lid and cook until liquid is absorbed and vegetables are cooked but peppers are still crisp, about another 4-6 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and keep lid on.
  8. In non-stick skillet heat remaining 4 ounces coconut milk over high heat. Add remaining Indian saffron and add shrimp to the pan, tossing frequently and cooking until pink and firm, but not over cooked about 2-3 minutes per side.
  9. When ready to serve, mix the vegetables into the quinoa and top with shrimp. Delicious with a vino verde wine.
A perfect way to begin the week.

A perfect way to begin the week.



  1. Love these flavors!!!! Can Matt eat curry powder? I am with you – I think Quinoa is pretty magical myself.

  2. Karista says:

    Oh Yum! I love curry and shrimp, and what a great way to use quinoa. My husband just brought home a costco sized bag. I know what I’m doing with my quinoa this week 🙂 Hugs to ya!

    • Shut Up & Cook says:

      We’ve got that same Costco sized bag that we’re working through…healthy, fast, and tasty. It’s no bolognese and a bottle of wine, but hey. 🙂

  3. albertocook says:

    I love it

  4. Can’t get enough of quinoa! This looks delish.

    • Shut Up & Cook says:

      Thanks Angie…I know…Quinoa appears to be everywhere. Do you know when it fully joined the scene? I feel like we weren’t hearing nearly as much about it 5 years ago.

  5. Love curry and quinoa! Great healthy dish.

  6. Wow this sounds and looks really good. And I’d sure like to be transported out of cold and dark Ohio right about now. I can practically taste the coconut and saffron.

    • Shut Up & Cook says:

      Thanks Meghan. The cold and the dark is really trying, isn’t it? At least when I left work the other day at 5p it wasn’t pitch dark out. Spring is coming…we just need delicious food to get us there!

  7. I love the color of your shrimp! Delicious!

  8. Hannah says:

    Your curry quinoa looks truly delicious, Erina! These flavors will definitely carry us to spring. Although, yesterday was a pretty spring-like day…I even had the front door open for some breeze. Fingers crossed for today!

    • Shut Up & Cook says:

      I love that brief reprieve when you can open the doors and windows and pretend it’s not February. Soon, soon!

  9. Ann says:

    Oh, YUM! I love the adding coconut milk to give a little sweetness to this dish. And quinoa is my new favorite food!

  10. Wow, this looks and sounds amazing and yes, I could definitely enjoy this any time of the day!

  11. Yum! I love how light and delicious this recipe is — and you are right, the best quality of curry powder is definitely needed here 🙂

  12. Heather says:

    this looks delicious! Curry = comfort and when it’s cold and windy in San Fran that’s exactly what I want. Can’t wait to try this!

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