Fast Shrimp

I was so lucky to be at Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution Seminar today, right here in Chico, CA! I met a wonderful group of people and of course the highlight being Robb’s seminar and hearing him make a whole lot of sense about this Paleo “Thang” (as Robb put it…)! After returning home to some hungry kids and a husband who so sweetly arranged a date night for us, I made some Fast Shrimp for the boys.  Actually, Jaden was really the one who did all the hard labor!  The point of this post is simple; good food, paleo food, can be fast food, right in the comfort of your own kitchen.  With simple ingredients and a bit of creativity you can make quality scrumptious meals without hardly even trying… This one took as about 10 minutes to put together.


Fast Shrimp

1 lb Wild Caught Argentinian Red Shrimp or other shrimp of your choice (I found mine at Trader Joe’s in the freezer section, raw, tails removed and de-veined)

1 bag frozen roasted red bell peppers and onions from Trader Joes (or 1 bell pepper diced and 1/2 yellow onion diced)

4 big hand fulls of baby spinach leaves

2 tablespoons coconut oil

2 tablespoons coconut milk

1/2 tablespoon curry powder (or more to taste)

Sea salt and black pepper to taste

In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and bell peppers and cook until defrosted and sizzling if using the frozen or until the veggies become tender if using fresh.  Add the shrimp and the spinach and cook for 3-4 minutes or until the shrimp curls up and is no longer opaque in the middle.  Add the coconut milk and spices, mix well and serve!  Serves 3-4. Delicious, fast, no fuss.  As Rowan said, “Good Shrimpies!”


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  1. says

    This sounds delicious, and I have all the ingredients at home…guess what’s for dinner tomorrow night! Love the recipes (just had some chicken dive-in leftovers for dinner). Keep ’em coming!

  2. Becca says

    This looks so good and I am definitely going to pick up the ingredients to make this. I have been itching for something different to eat. Question-is coconut milk in this recipe in the can (thick and creamy) or can it be from the 1/2 gallon milk carton (less creamy and thick)?

    Thanks! :)

  3. Jessica says

    Sarah…I LOVE that you now have the ‘print’ and ‘PDF’ links (or have you had them for a while?? ha.)! No more cutting and pasting:) And I made the prosciutto and chicken dish last night, though with bacon…so, so good! I’m really looking forward to the book.

  4. Michele says

    Sarah, I just made this for lunch – how yummy!! Quick easy, lots of color and flavor, another hit lady!

  5. marcy mudd says

    Thanks for a great recipe Sarah. I have been following your blog and I am loving the recipes. I am new to paleo and bringing my 14 year-old daughter with me! She is seeing the difference when she eats clean as opposed to the typical teenage junk. She loves curry so she added more to her bowl. I also used Swiss Chard instead of spinach (it was my new veggie to try this week.) I used one whole onion and one red pepper along with the Swiss Chard. I also had a bag of frozen scallops so I used them instead of shrimp. We loved it and equally important I have enough for lunch tomorrow. I also went to Amazon and asked for your book on Kindle.

    • Sarah says

      Thank you Marcy! I’m not sure if it will be on Kindle or not. It’s a big book, with tons of pictures and with the fitness section in the back, the Kindle folks aren’t sure if the formatting would work. : (

  6. Chewbacca says

    How many calories? what is the serving size? Ideally if you can incorporate how many servings that would great, thanks

    • Sarah says

      This dish serves 3-4 adults. Sorry for forgetting that, I just added it to the post. I do not post calories, it would make me crazy! LOL!! I will try to remember from now on to make sure I add how many the dish will serve. Ideally for people who are wondering about actual serving size, that’s really kind of up to you. If you like parameters make sure you eat around 1g of protein per lb of body weight at each meal, eat tons of veggies, and a little bit of fat. If you feel hungry soon after a meal, eat more protein and a bit more fat! It’s really hard to overeat on paleo food so eat a sensible size of protein, a bunch of veggies, and a bit of fat and you are most likely good to go. Hope that helps!

  7. Debbie Lascelles says

    Yep I would like to follow on from that question about canned coconut cream and ask if canned stuff is indeed paleo at all? We have been eating it, but someone commented to me that it was dead food, with no enzymes and that all canned food is a no go. What is your take on this Sarah?

    • Sarah says

      I have noticed huge improvement in my health since adding more coconut milk and coconut oil to my diet. It’s a great source of fat and although I personally have not done a lab test on canned coconut milk to see if it’s “dead food” I sure do feel good eating it, and that’s good enough for me! I think as long as you are eating a varied diet and not relying only on one source for you fat intake, you are covering all of your bases. Canned coconut milk also tastes really darn good and I’ll take some dead coconut milk (if that is what it is) on my veggies and chicken over a box of hamburger helper any day of the week. LOL! I hope that helps!

  8. says

    This looks delish! I think I might need to pick up a bag of frozen shrimp @ Costco for such occasion. Is there anything I should look out for when buying frozen shrimp?

  9. Mary Lunsford says

    Hey Sarah!!!! We had this last night and it was absolutely delish!!!!!! The coconut milk and curry powder mix is amazing…I was licking my bowl by the end. A keeper for sure!!!!! I dont know how you do all that you do! I have 3 boys 12,8 and 3 and crossfitter and stay at home mom. Kudos to you!

    • Sarah says

      Thanks Mary and so glad you liked the dish! Your house sounds a lot like mine with your boys being really close to the ages of mine. Big hugs to you all!

  10. Candice says

    We just had the fast shrimp for dinner… it was incredible! 😀 a new favourite in the house! Also made me finally go out and source some coconut milk/cream… we are on to a winner on that front too! Thanks! 😀

  11. Jasmine says

    I just started living a Paleo lifestyle on Friday and since then I’ve used three of your recipes posted here and everyone of them has been absolutely delicious. My husband and children just loved the fast shrimp. Thanks so much for your delicious recipes. I can’t wait for your book!

  12. Ginger says

    Thank you SOOOO much for the print button. Yippee! BTW, your chard, butternut squash, and bacon recipe is in high rotation here at my house. Less than 10% of recipes I try even get one repeat, much less the coveted high rotation status. Down more than 50 pounds now, easy. :)

  13. Tom says

    Holy crap Sarah this was perhaps one of your best if not the best meal I’ve ever made from your site. I doubled the recipe, cause we need leftovers only to find out that we don’t have that much left. Thanks so much. It was great, we all loved it.

  14. Ginger says

    I just made this, and it is fan-freaking-tastic! It took all my superhuman powers to leave a bit for dinner.

  15. Natalie says

    Do you think this recipe would still be good without the coconut milk? I’m on a very strict candida diet and I can’t have coconut milk.

  16. Katie says

    This is SOOO good. I’m new to the whole paleo thing and can’t believe how easy and delicious this recipe turned out to be. Thank you Sarah for all of the recipes and tips for us newbies!

  17. Marjorie says

    Literally just finished eating this for dinner….absolutely yummy! I added some garlic to mine and an extra tablespoon of coconut milk simply because I love those things. Can’t wait to make it again!

  18. Cristina says

    Hi Sarah! I have all the ingredients to this recipe except curry powder. Are there a combination of spices you suggest that I could put together to simulate the taste? Thanks!

    • Sarah says

      Turmeric, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and black pepper are some of the basic curry ingredients. : )

  19. says

    MMMM, Delish! I just ate this. I added more coconut milk (6T total) so I could have more sauce. I put in a 10 oz bag of spinach, (which works out to about 4 big handfuls) I thought it was going to be too much spinach but it was perfect. Thanks for the work that you do.

  20. says

    Our family tried this last night and every gobbled it up (including my 6, 4 and 2yo) and asked for more! Next time, I’ll double it, since the Papa eats a LOT. We’re foodies, and it passed our uppity palate test with flying colors-though I expected it to. Everything we’ve ever made from your site has been truly magnifique. Thanks!

  21. says

    Made this tonight and LOVED it.. like I have all your recipes to-date. I admit.. I upped the coconut milk a tad 😉 It’s like a guilty indulgence.. but I don’t feel too guilty!

  22. connie says

    Will this dish freeze well? I am trying to help a friend make some Paleo meals on the weekend and be able to cook them during the week.

    • Sarah says

      I have never tried to freeze this dish and would probably suggest not to freeze this one because I have found that freezing already cooked seafood and then reheating tends to leave it kind of rubbery.

  23. Jasmine says

    Made this last night for the ULTRA non paleo fiancee. He LOVED it and ate seconds. By the way we’re gluttons so we finished this in one meal =)

    Thanks for being so consistent in your recipes. I know anytime I make something from here it will be DELICIOUS.

  24. Brandi says

    Would still like to know if you used canned or from the carton coconut milk? I saw this question posted but never saw the answer. Thanks!

  25. says

    Thanks for this, I used this recipe with some alterations, since I really don’t care for curry and I added some alligator meat (blackened)

    Fantastic Recipe! Even my little ones at the spinach!

  26. says

    This is the first recipe of many that I am trying from you. I had to amend some things though because I didn’t have the same exact ingredients. Not to mention I am a novice..:)

  27. says

    I used your entire website as my inspiration for planning 2 weeks worth of meals! I am new to clean eating but playing around with moving paleo. Thanks for the great site and information!

  28. Deb says

    This recipe is to die for. It’s my go to meal when I’m in a hurry and the DS loves it. I’ve made it every which way; right now my favorite is to use lobster tails (also from TJ shrimp section) and add a little heat in the form of pepper flakes or actual peppers. Thanks for the recipe. It competes with Chris Kresser’s Chicken Jerk recipe and that one takes a long time to assemble and plan for. I would love to get your cookbook.

  29. says

    Made this tonight for dinner and it was delish! I didn’t have peppers so I used mushrooms and kale instead of spinach. My one-year old finally ate shrimp so I was super excited that I gave this one a try :) You always seem to come to the rescue (and it helps that I have the necessary ingredients)!

    I made 2 pots of this yummy salmon chower that is totally paleo and wondered if you have heard of it:

  30. Linda says

    Yum, it was scrumptious and easy to make, my kinda dinner! My family wanted seconds! Next time I will definately double the recipe.

  31. Deborah says

    What an amazing dish! We loved it so much we made it 3 times and then ran out of shrimp so we used chicken the fourth time!! ALL so yummy! Can’t wait to pick up your book at Costco tomorrow!

  32. says

    Tonight we made this for dinner substituting hatch chilies, since they just came in season! I also didn’t use coconut milk. We’re out, so I mixed 1T coconut butter 2-3T water and achieved much the same effect. Delicious!!! Thank you for sharing.

  33. Jim says

    What do you think about substituting the Mae Ploy curry paste you mention in your thai curry recipe for the the curry powder you call for in this one? think that would work ok?

  34. says

    I’ve been searching the net on a good recipe for shrimps. Well, I am not a good cook and this one is just perfect for a great dinner tonight. Thanks a lot for the recipe.

    P.S. by the way I am also reading and browsing other recipes you have here on your blog and it seems like I am bookmarking your blog site for more recipes. I am still beginner in cooking.

    Thanks again,

  35. Tracy says

    First hit when I googled “fast shrimp dinnner paleo” and exactly what I was looking for! Thanks, Sarah. Ima start cookin and we’ll be eating in no time!

  36. Amanda says

    This was absolutely delicious!! Flavors were really good. It was my first time cooking with coconut milk and oil. Bought all ingredients at Trader Joes. Very easy recipe to follow. The only thing I would add is, after defrosting the shrimp, I would coat in salt, pepper, and garlic powder before cooking. Thanks for the recipe! Will definitely be making this again!! I am sharing with all my fellow paleo friends :)

  37. Misti says

    Made this for the first time tonight. I didn’t have enough spinach so I used kale instead. Yummy!!!!!!

  38. Aimee says

    This was my first recipe to try of yours and it was so EASY and so good! We finally got a Trader Joe’s in Dallas, it was my first time ever to a TJ’s. The shrimp I bought frozen at Sam’s Club- $14 for 2lb bag, medium sz. shrimp. Bought from TJ’s: (1) frozen bag of onion/pepper mix, (1) 6oz bag of fresh organic baby spinach (had 5 big handfuls so just used the whole bag up), and 1 can of light coconut milk (put in plastic bottle and froze the rest to save for later recipes)- less than $6. First time cooking with coconut oil (except for cookies) and coconut milk. Didn’t have curry spice- forgot to get at store. So I used a little garlic instead. IT WAS SO GOOD- JUST LIKE YOU’D BUY IN A RESTAURANT….only I know EXACTLY what is in it. I think I’d probably serve with a little brown rice for the kids….that is, IF there is any left once they come back from dad’s. For sure a favorite, and I will DEFINITELY be checking out your other recipes- can’t wait to try more. Just read “THE SCIENCE OF SKINNY”- which explains the how/why behind sugar and flour and everything showing why it is so bad for us, and everything else in between…basically, WHAT we need to eat and how we need to eat- ie: a “non-processed diet” or “paleo lifestyle”. It’s an EXCELLENT book and so easy to read, you’ll be eating clean after reading this book if you weren’t before. It even breaks down all the different types of sugars, sweeteners, etc and just explains everything so well. Highly recommend for anyone that wants an awesome, thorough, but easy to understand explanation of what is actually healthy and what’s not. I haven’t found a better book out there with all this info in such an easy to read format!!

  39. sann says

    Just made this for dinner, its so good and a bonus that its so easy to make.
    Perfect for after a long day at work, we all know those days too well..
    thanks for the easy tasty recipe!!!!

  40. Laurie says

    This is a great recipe! It couldn’t have been any easier and tasted delicious. After a long day at work I didn’t have much energy left by the time I get home. Having this meal was the perfect ending to the day. Thanks for sharing!

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