Red Coconut Curry Shrimp (Whole30, Paleo)

The story on the creation of this drool-worthy dinner is pretty hilarious. When I was on Whole30, back in January/February, I purchased a number of things to craft Whole30-approved recipes, some of which I got around to using in the 30-day window and others which I did not. When I finished Whole30 I was excited to go back to having a little less restriction, especially when it came to dinners out with friends, happy hours, etc.

One of the first questions everyone asked me before I finished Whole30 was, “What are you going to eat on your first day off?!” (As though I was going to swim in a pool of chocolate sauce and eat pancakes for dinner.) That was not reality. Instead I had a few chocolate truffles and ate the rest of my meals like I was still on Whole30. I am one of those people who never orders food from a restaurant, nor brings junk food into my house (with the exception of dark chocolate ha), unless I am going to enjoy it with a friend or family member. I’d rather share the experience of ice cream or fried chicken with someone, rather than alone. Just my personal preference.

So 2 days after finishing Whole30 I had dinner plans with a dear friend, to which I selfishly thought, this is great, we could grab pizza… or burgers… or anything else that is not Whole30 approved and sounds delicious. Maybe there really is a spot in town where we could swim in a pool of chocolate?! jk. Come to find out, as I finished my Whole30, she had just started her round of Whole30. Buhbye pizza plans and hello to crafting a recipe that was just as tasty… this Red Coconut Curry Shrimp dish was born! Good thing I had some Whole30 approved ingredients stashed away from the previous weeks 😉

I had a stellar sous chef and we both agreed that this concoction turned out to be splendid! Not to mention, it was really stinkin’ simple to make! And can we talk about the macros?! Ok, I’m done raving about this recipe… here it is!

Red Coconut Curry Shrimp (Whole30, Paleo)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

This Thai-inspired dish is full of all the good stuff and free of all the things you don’t want. With a slightly spicy kick and lots of protein, this dish is sure to satisfy your taste buds and your belly! 

Course: Main Course
Servings: 3 servings
Calories: 454 kcal
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups chopped baby bell peppers
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger root
  • 3 cups thawed tail-off, peeled shrimp
  • 2 Tbsp red curry paste
  • 1 cup unsweetened, canned coconut milk
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  1. Set out 2 sauté pans and begin to heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in each.

  2. In one pan, add the peppers, minced garlic and ginger root – cook over medium heat until the peppers begin softening.

  3. In the other pan, add the cauliflower rice, garlic powder, salt and pepper – cook over medium heat until starting to slightly brown (5-10 min).

  4. To the pan of bell peppers, add the shrimp, curry paste and coconut milk and cook over medium heat for 5-10 minutes.

  5. Serve the red coconut curry shrimp atop a bed of cauliflower rice and voila!

Recipe Notes


454 cals ~ 26g fat ~ 20g carb ~ 35g protein

Looking for another Asian-inspired dish? Try this recipe for Crunchy Asian Salad with Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken!

4 thoughts on “Red Coconut Curry Shrimp (Whole30, Paleo)”

  1. Im new to this. What are coconut aminos exactly? And ive read on the whole30 website to not use Paleo friendly substitutes for things, so is it still ok to cook with coconut aminos.. thoughts? Also, can these be found at stores like Trader Joes or Whole Foods? Thanks!

    1. Thank you for reaching out! Coconut aminos are a soy sauce substitute that is derived from coconuts (coconut sap is “tapped” from coconut blossoms and blended with sea salt). It is allowed on Whole30 (check out this article from their website and is a great option for Asian inspired cooking while on Whole30! And you are correct that coconut aminos can be found at places like Trader Joes and Whole Foods 🙂 Happy cooking!

  2. I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own blog and was curious what all is required to get set up?I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny?I’m not very web smart so I’m not 100 sure. Any tips oradvice would be greatly appreciated. Kudos

    1. Hello and thank you for reaching out! It doesn’t have to be spendy if you are willing to put some time into it! I spent a lot of time google searching how to set up a blog and found a ton of amazing information – I work through bluehost for my domain name and use wordpress – I love them! Good luck on your blogging adventures 🙂

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