Keto Sri Lankan Prawn Curry Recipe

What in the world is Sri Lankan prawn curry? Delicious. This keto Sri Lankan prawn curry recipe is a must for all of you shrimp fans.

Sri Lankan Prawn Curry

This recipe may sound exotic, but it’s pretty straightforward and quick. You might even fire it up on a weeknight.

But first, you should know what you’re in for. Let’s break it down. Curry is kind of a catch-all term. It can refer to curry powder, a dry spiced dish, or a spicy sauce.

Next, let’s talk prawns. These crustaceans are like shrimp, but prawns are larger freshwater creatures.

They taste similar, so feel free to use either shrimp or prawns. Shrimp tend to be cheaper if you’re on a budget.

Now that we’ve covered the prawns and the curry, makes this dish Sri Lankan?

Kind of everything. Coconut is a staple in Sri Lanka and is reflected in this recipe. You’ll use coconut oil for cooking, as well as coconut milk for the sauce.

A Sri Lankan favorite is curry, which can be made with chicken, mutton, lentils, vegetables, or fish.

Curry makes great use of Sri Lanka’s history as a spice producer. This recipe calls for curry powder, ginger powder, and cumin powder, so you know it’s going to pack a punch.

If you like things extra spicy, feel free to add a chili pepper.

Faster vs. Fresher

There are a couple things you can do to save yourself some time when making this prawn curry.

It all comes down to convenience, which will be more expensive, and freshness, which will cost you a bit of your time.

If you’re all about saving time, consider purchasing chopped onion and minced garlic. The only tears you may spill will be at the checkout counter when you realize how much you paid for someone else to do the work.

If you buy frozen shrimp, you can skip the deveining process. You can also ask your fishmonger to devein fresh shrimp, but it’s not difficult to do it yourself.

Dried cilantro can step in for fresh, if necessary.


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This keto Sri Lankan prawn curry recipe is a must for all of you shrimp fans out there.


  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) of coconut oil, to cook with
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 chili pepper, seeds removed and finely diced (optional)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced or finely diced
  • 1 Tablespoon (7 g) of curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) of ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon (2 g) of cumin powder
  • 1 cup (240 ml) of coconut milk (from a can)
  • 1/2 lb of shrimp (225 g), peeled and deveined, defrosted if frozen
  • 1 Tablespoon (1 g) of fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large skillet, melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, optional chili pepper, and garlic to the skillet and sauté until the onion is translucent about 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Add the curry powder, ginger, and cumin to the skillet and sauté for about 30 seconds.
  3. Add the coconut milk to the skillet and reduce the heat to a simmer.
  4. Add the shrimp to the skillet and continue to simmer until the shrimp are cooked through about 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Divide the shrimp curry between 2 plates and garnish with fresh cilantro.  Serve with coconut rice.


All nutritional data are estimated and based on per serving amounts.

Net Carbs:  7 g


  • Calories: 469
  • Sugar: 2 g
  • Fat: 39 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 24 g