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Lemongrass and Coconut Prawn Curry (Recipe)

Coconut Prawn Curry

I stockpile cans like there's no tomorrow. Chopped and plum tomatoes, baked beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, cannellini beans, sweetcorn, pilchards, sardines, corned beef, condensed milk, random meat products which I bought partly because of their amusing names, and even a forlorn tin of Libby's pumpkin, waiting, always waiting, to be turned into pumpkin pie some (Thanksgiving) day.

The other tin which stares at me reproachfully is one of coconut milk. "You only ever use me to make ohn-no khao swè", it says to me. "I am so versatile and exciting. DO SOMETHING WITH ME. LET ME LIVE".

So I made up this dish.


Coconut Prawn Curry Recipe

Serves 4
  • 500g large raw prawns
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, trimmed of woody bits and finely chopped OR 1 tsp lemongrass paste
  • 1 tbsp Marigold bouillon
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 x 400g tin coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • Small handful of coriander leaves

De-vein the prawns, and slice into their backs with a small, sharp knife by a few millimetres so they butterfly slightly. Set to one side.

Heat the oil in a wok or large saucepan on medium-high. Add the onion, garlic and lemongrass and stir-fry for 5 minutes till fragrant. 

Add the bouillon and mix thoroughly, and then add the tomatoes and 100ml water. Simmer for 30-45 minutes till the tomatoes break down.

Add the coconut milk, mix thoroughly and then simmer for another 15 minutes. Stir in the fish sauce and then turn the heat up to high.

Add the prawns and stir for 4-5 minutes till they turn pink. 

Scatter coriander leaves on top and serve immediately with steamed rice.


Mimi, I stockpile lots of cans too. I often buy them for their packaging, especially the pilchards and sardines.
I also have a (what seems like) limitless stock supply of SPAM.

*proud face*

This looks wonderful :) Bookmarked!
meemalee said…
I like PEK more than SPAM ^_^
meemalee said…
Thanks Mardi! Really easy too :)
Kavey said…
Looks good. And isn't it NORMAL to stockpile one's larder like a crazy person? Oh wait, my use of "crazy person" may give me away. But we have many many tins (and jars and boxes and packets) of long life foods in our cupboards too.
meemalee said…
We will survive.
PompeySuz said…
Looks so good and easy. I am definitely going to give this a go :)
I stockpile tins because I get to the supermarket without checking and then get home and realise we already had stuff. Also cous cous.

Curry sounds delicious - very surprised you don't use coconut milk more often!
meemalee said…
I tend to only cook Burmese food, and we don't use coconut milk an awful lot :)