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15 Minute Curry Coconut Prawn Stir Fry



Tired? Hungry? No time to cook? You only need 15 minutes to prepare this easy paleo stir fry. It’s a great mid-week meal and you can adapt it to use up whatever leftover vegetables you have in the fridge. I love prawns because they are highly nutrient dense and they only take a couple of minutes to cook.

Time saving tip – get pre-peeled prawns. Frozen prawns can easily be used as long as you don’t forget to transfer them from the freezer to the fridge in the morning to thaw out.



15 Minute Curry Coconut Prawn Stir Fry

  • Author: Irena Macri
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 1 1x


This recipe lists ingredients for 1 person and 4 people. Please adjust the amounts as you need. Please note, cooking for four people will take a little longer as there are more things to chop. Allow 20 minutes minimum.



For a single serving

  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 medium white onion, sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, finely diced or grated
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 clove garlic, diced
  • 180 grams peeled prawns
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • fresh coriander/cilantro for garnish (optional)

For four servings

  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil
  • 1 1/2 medium white onion, sliced
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium green peppers, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, finely diced or grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • 700 grams peeled prawns
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • juice of 1 lime
  • fresh coriander/cilantro for garnish (optional)


  1. Heat coconut oil in a large frying pan or a wok over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook for a minute, stirring a few times.
  2. Add the carrots, peppers, and ginger and stir fry for 2-3 minutes (a little longer if cooking for 4).
  3. Then add the prawns, garlic, fish sauce and curry powder. Stir through for 30 seconds. Then add the coconut milk and a splash of water. Stir fry for a further 2 minutes, then drizzle with lime juice and serve.
  4. If cooking for 4, increase those 2 last minutes of cooking to 3-4 minutes.

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  1. My partner can’t eat garlic so leaving it out is the only change I made and it was so good! He is sparing with his food compliments but he won’t stop going on about how delicious this meal was so I think he wants me to make it again. Thank you!

  2. This was delish! Since changing over to paleo, we have begun to really enjoy the flavours and textures of our food! I served this on a bed of raw baby spinach leaves, which gave another veggie and another texture. It was quite saucy, so a bowl was definitely better than a plate ?Will definitely be making this again xx

  3. Hi, thank you for the recipe. Is there a substitute to the fish sauce as it is not easy to find it in this part of the world? I

  4. We made this awesome curry tonight, while looking after 2 kids – so it took a little longer than 15 minutes, but it was absolutely DELICIOUS!!
    Added some green beans just because… Can’t rate this recipe high enough – so simple and tasty!!

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