Spicy Red Curry Shrimp

This Spicy Red Curry Shrimp is filled with healthy vegetables and is deliciously spicy!   Red curry paste + red pepper flakes make this spicy dish one that spice lovers will adore!

Do you believe spicy food helps you lose weight?

With the goal of slimming down after the holidays, I am really curious if you all think spicy foods help stabilize your metabolism and lose weight?

Spicy Red Curry Shrimp | Inspiration KitchenI’ve read dozens upon dozens of articles that say eating spicy foods help you lose weight and increase your metabolism.  I’m not a doctor, nor a nutritionist, so I’m not going to go all scientific on you and say that is a proven fact  🙂   but…what I will tell you is, as someone who lovvvvves extra spicy food, I’m totally going with it!

That’s me.  On a diet.  With red pepper flakes.  On my cereal.  Or whatevs!  If it works, I’m doing it!

After the holidays, it was definitely important to get back on track.  So, I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be taking my red pepper flakes as religiously as I brush my teeth and take my daily vitamins!  #mynewyearsresolution

Are you ready for a Red Pepper Flake Ice Cream recipe?  Its coming to a blog near you.

Spicy Red Curry Shrimp | Inspiration KitchenI’m just kidding, dear readers.  🙂  I  might eat it, but I wouldn’t subject that on you.  I like you!

And with this spicy recipe, you all know, I am huge fan of shrimp.  When we go to Costco, I buy at least 4 bags, sometimes 6.  They’re easy to keep in the freezer and are a quick grab-and-go protein to grab and whip up a quick dinner during a weekday.

I couldn’t possibly love them more.  ‘Kristi and shrimp, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g…”

Spicy Red Curry Shrimp | Inspiration KitchenWhat you’ll love about this dish is that it takes minutes (15-20 mins.) to throw together.

Cooking your rice in a rice cooker on ‘Quick Rice’ will take you longer than putting this Spicy Red Curry Shrimp together!

The red bell pepper, zucchini and bamboo shoots add a nice crunch and are a nice compliment to the softened onions and garlic!  And, who doesn’t love basil?  Yum!

This Spicy Red Curry Shrimp has amazing, bold flavors, so be sure to pour the sauce over your rice!

Spicy Red Curry Shrimp | Inspiration KitchenEnjoy!

Spicy Red Curry Shrimp
This Spicy Red Curry Shrimp is loaded with fresh vegetables in a spicy red curry sauce. Spice lovers will adore this dish!
Recipe type: Main
  • 1 (13.66 ounce) can lite coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons red curry paste *(see note)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
Vegetables & Shrimp
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup onion, sliced, then quartered
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, sliced in ¼" slices, then halved
  • ½ cup zucchini, sliced in ¼" rounds, then halved
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped garlic
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 1 (8-ounce) can bamboo shoots, strips
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes **(see note)
  1. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add 2 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Add onions and cook over medium to medium-high heat until softened, approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Add red bell pepper and zucchini and cook roughly 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
  3. In a separate saucepan, heat coconut milk over medium heat until simmering. Turn down to medium-low and add red curry paste, brown sugar and fish sauce. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Turn down to low, if necessary - you just want to keep it warm, not boiling.
  4. Add shrimp to vegetable mixture and cook roughly 5 minutes or until nearly done. Pour curry sauce over the top of the vegetable/shrimp and add bamboo shoots, fresh basil and red pepper flakes (if desired). Cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes until basil slightly wilts. Remove from heat and serve with rice.
* Use 2 tablespoons red curry paste if you don't like it spicy.
** Do NOT add the red pepper flakes if you are sensitive to spicy. The red pepper flakes make this a very spicy dish. We serve it this way, but we like a lot of spice!

 Spicy Red Curry Shrimp


  1. says

    I basically want to believe it’s true about spicy food speeding up our metabolism. I also think, regardless, it boosts flavor and helps you feel more satisfied. It’s funny, I made coconut curry chicken about a week ago because I’ve been craving it badly. Something in the air? And I love shrimp and usually have 1-2 bags in the freezer. I also think I have curry paste so I know what I need to put on my menu rotation. Thanks and have a great weekend!
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    • says

      Coconut Curry sounds amazing Monica! I love that stuff. I can’t imagine being without shrimp. It’s so fast and easy, it makes weeknight cooking a breeze!

  2. says

    I’m totally on board with the spicy foods diet especially if it means I can have this spicy shrimp dish! It looks incredible with all those veggies and basil! Love the red curry sauce too!

  3. says

    Oh myyy Kristi! I’m finally glad to be back in the blog-osphere after a christmas period that was may more hectic than it should have been..but I can’t even begin to explain how drool worthy everything I missed out on on here is right now! I love shrimp too, although I think I will wait until summer till I attempt to dish this out! <3
    Happy new year!
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    • says

      Welcome baaaaack Tash! I’ve missed you – although I keep looking for new posts. So glad you are back in the swing of things! Happy blogging and Happy Belated New Year! You’re going to do even greater things this year!

    • says

      The texture thing IS a hard thing to get over. I didn’t like the texture for the longest time either, but now I love it and don’t even notice the texture. Use chicken instead! 🙂

    • says

      Hahahaha! What a nice visual Marcie! I’m totally up in that tree kissing a shrimp. And girl, that red pepper flake ice cream is coming to a home near you – I’m tellin’ you my sistah – get ready for it! Hahaha!

  4. says

    These shrimp look incredible!!!! I would say spicy foods help me loose weight because my mouth burns so much that I end up gulping water like its going extinct, making me full and therefore eating less… hahaha 🙂 PS. The sidebar you have with the twitter, facebook, g+ and pinterest logos… what plugin is that? I have been looking to add that to my blog. Thanks so much!!! <3
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    • says

      Thanks Anna! I like to think spicy foods help me lose weight too. 🙂 I’d love to help you with the sidebar, but I’m not exactly sure, because I had my web guy set it up. I’ll send him email and find out, then I’ll come back and email you!


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