Coconut Curry Shrimp and Grits


This wonderful, family-friendly dinner recipe for coconut curry shrimp and grits was the grand-prize winner in the main course category of our previous Dairy-Free 3-Course Recipe Contest, sponsored by So Delicious Dairy Free. We had posted the recipe previously in our news section with the other winning recipes previously, but wanted to give it a more deserving home in the recipe section.

Coconut Curry Shrimp and Grits - a grand-prize winning Indian recipe with Southern flair. Dairy-free, gluten-free, allergy-friendly.

This recipe with photo was created and shared with us by Kadija B. of Spice Lime, who says, “You’ve never had shrimp and grits this good!”

Our tasters agreed. This flavorful Indian-inspired dish has a fun Southern flair, using coconut milk beverage in both the sauce and the grits! I’ve added these curried chicken skewers to Sarah’s Recipe section, as she was one of the testers who approved this recipe as big-time winner

Coconut Curry Shrimp and Grits - a grand-prize winning Indian recipe with Southern flair. Dairy-free, gluten-free, allergy-friendly.

Special Diet Notes: Coconut Curry Shrimp and Grits

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and generally top food allergy-friendly.

Coconut Curry Shrimp and Grits
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The cook time is reduced in this recipe if you prepare the grits while you are cooking the shrimp The grits require little maintenance so the two are fairly easy to coordinate.
Serves: 4 servings
Coconut Curry Shrimp:
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon snipped chives
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 cup So Delicious Dairy Free Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage
  • ½ tablespoon brown sugar (can sub coconut sugar)
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
For the Coconut Curry Shrimp
  1. Combine the shrimp, lime juice, garlic, chives, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Mix well to evenly distribute the ingredients, cover, and place in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to marinate.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the seasoned shrimp and curry powder. Sauté until the shrimp is pink on both sides, about 6 minutes.
  3. Stir in the coconut milk beverage and brown sugar. Let simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cilantro and remove from the heat.
For the Grits
  1. Add the coconut milk beverage and water to a medium pot, and bring to a rapid boil over medium heat. Slowly stir in the grits and salt. Reduce the heat to low and cover. Let cook until thickened, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Divide the grits between 4 plates and spoon the curry shrimp with sauce over top to serve.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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