This Spicy Red Curry Shrimp is filled with healthy vegetables and is deliciously spicy! Red curry paste + red pepper flakes make this spicy dish one that spice lovers will adore!
Do you believe spicy food helps you lose weight?
With the goal of slimming down after the holidays, I am really curious if you all think spicy foods help stabilize your metabolism and lose weight?
I’ve read dozens upon dozens of articles that say eating spicy foods help you lose weight and increase your metabolism. I’m not a doctor, nor a nutritionist, so I’m not going to go all scientific on you and say that is a proven fact 🙂 but…what I will tell you is, as someone who lovvvvves extra spicy food, I’m totally going with it!
That’s me. On a diet. With red pepper flakes. On my cereal. Or whatevs! If it works, I’m doing it!
After the holidays, it was definitely important to get back on track. So, I don’t know about you, but I’m going to be taking my red pepper flakes as religiously as I brush my teeth and take my daily vitamins! #mynewyearsresolution
Are you ready for a Red Pepper Flake Ice Cream recipe? Its coming to a blog near you.
I’m just kidding, dear readers. 🙂 I might eat it, but I wouldn’t subject that on you. I like you!
And with this spicy recipe, you all know, I am huge fan of shrimp. When we go to Costco, I buy at least 4 bags, sometimes 6. They’re easy to keep in the freezer and are a quick grab-and-go protein to grab and whip up a quick dinner during a weekday.
I couldn’t possibly love them more. ‘Kristi and shrimp, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g…”
What you’ll love about this dish is that it takes minutes (15-20 mins.) to throw together.
Cooking your rice in a rice cooker on ‘Quick Rice’ will take you longer than putting this Spicy Red Curry Shrimp together!
The red bell pepper, zucchini and bamboo shoots add a nice crunch and are a nice compliment to the softened onions and garlic! And, who doesn’t love basil? Yum!
This Spicy Red Curry Shrimp has amazing, bold flavors, so be sure to pour the sauce over your rice!
Spicy Red Curry Shrimp
- 1 13.66 ounce can lite coconut milk
- 3 tablespoons red curry paste * see note
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons fish sauce
Vegetables & Shrimp
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 cup onion sliced, then quartered
- 1/2 cup red bell pepper sliced in 1/4" slices, then halved
- 1/2 cup zucchini sliced in 1/4" rounds, then halved
- 2 teaspoons fresh chopped garlic
- 1 pound raw shrimp peeled, deveined and tails removed
- 1 8-ounce can bamboo shoots, strips
- 1/4 cup fresh basil chopped
- 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes ** see note
- Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add 2 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil to the pan and swirl to coat. Add onions and cook over medium to medium-high heat until softened, approximately 5 minutes.
- Add red bell pepper and zucchini and cook roughly 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
- In a separate saucepan, heat coconut milk over medium heat until simmering. Turn down to medium-low and add red curry paste, brown sugar and fish sauce. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Turn down to low, if necessary - you just want to keep it warm, not boiling.
- Add shrimp to vegetable mixture and cook roughly 5 minutes or until nearly done. Pour curry sauce over the top of the vegetable/shrimp and add bamboo shoots, fresh basil and red pepper flakes (if desired). Cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes until basil slightly wilts. Remove from heat and serve with rice.
** Do NOT add the red pepper flakes if you are sensitive to spicy. The red pepper flakes make this a very spicy dish. We serve it this way, but we like a lot of spice!
Johlene @Flavours & Frosting says
Hey there! Happy New Year this looks delish! 🙂 xoxo
Thanks Johlene! It was really good and super healthy – so at least I’ve started the year off right! 🙂
Miss Messy says
I love red curry and this looks delicious! I’ve heard about the whole spicy foods and metabolism thing and am intrigued.
Anything that can help lose weight while eating – I’m doing it! Hahaha!
Cailee @ http://hellohealthyeating.com says
Ahhhh!!! hahaha you’re so cute!! Now I’m just thinking of pepper flacks on cereal!! haha, good luck girl!! let me know how the ‘spicy diet’ goes! One of my besties LOVES spicy food!! I like spicy food… but not too spicy!!
Hahaha! I’m glad I made you laugh. I wish you the best success this year Cailee!
Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ says
I’ve heard about the benefits of red chilly. Yep, it looks like it can speed up the metabolism. I’m definitely up for some spicy curry containing fresh vegetables!
Such great news for spice lovers! I’m going with it! 🙂
Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods says
I don’t like crazy spicy, but spicy is definitely good. I too always have shrimp in my freezer. I’m loving this dish! Pinning
Thanks for the pin Cindy! Personally, I couldn’t live without shrimp in the freezer! 🙂
Alyssa @ My Sequined Life says
Love shrimp for a quick, protein-packed weeknight meal! This would be such a satisfying dish. LOVE the spice, though not sure I’d use the full tbsp! Haha
Hahaha! A tablespoon is a lot – but that’s the great thing – just tone it down a notch!
I basically want to believe it’s true about spicy food speeding up our metabolism. I also think, regardless, it boosts flavor and helps you feel more satisfied. It’s funny, I made coconut curry chicken about a week ago because I’ve been craving it badly. Something in the air? And I love shrimp and usually have 1-2 bags in the freezer. I also think I have curry paste so I know what I need to put on my menu rotation. Thanks and have a great weekend!
Coconut Curry sounds amazing Monica! I love that stuff. I can’t imagine being without shrimp. It’s so fast and easy, it makes weeknight cooking a breeze!
Ruby Red Apron says
Love your shrimp recipes! They always make me drool. LOL Shrimp and hot spices are amazing together!
Thanks Ruby! I love making shrimp. It seems to be a staple around here! Haha!
K / Pure & Complex says
Oh my goodness, I am totally licking my lips wishing I was having this for dinner. Amazing post.
Thank you! It’s making me hungry too, and it’s only breakfast time! LOL
I’m totally on board with the spicy foods diet especially if it means I can have this spicy shrimp dish! It looks incredible with all those veggies and basil! Love the red curry sauce too!
Thanks Kelly! Just think…if the spicy thing does work, I should be a bean pole, because that’s all I ever eat! Hahaha!
Oh myyy Kristi! I’m finally glad to be back in the blog-osphere after a christmas period that was may more hectic than it should have been..but I can’t even begin to explain how drool worthy everything I missed out on on here is right now! I love shrimp too, although I think I will wait until summer till I attempt to dish this out! <3
Happy new year!
Welcome baaaaack Tash! I’ve missed you – although I keep looking for new posts. So glad you are back in the swing of things! Happy blogging and Happy Belated New Year! You’re going to do even greater things this year!
Marissa | Pinch and Swirl says
I’m all about spicy. I keep a jar of red hot kimchi in the fridge to snack on (my husband thinks I’m a sadist 🙂 ) This Spicy Red Curry Shrimp is right up my ally – looks so delicious!
Ooooo, I have to try that Marissa. I don’t think I’ve ever had red hot kimchi before. I’m going to look it up right now!
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
I love spicy food and I love (!) shrimp so this has to be added to our dinner menu asap! What a great recipe!
Thanks Pamela – I agree with you! I think you’ll love it!
Mariana @The Candid Kitchen says
Never knew spicy food can potentially help you to loose weight!!!!
I know, right? It’s totally worth a shot in my opinion! Haha!
Yummm – the spicier the better I say! What a great dish! Pinned!
Thanks for the pin Annie! I agree with you – the spicier the better!
Amy (Savory Moments) says
This looks like a delicious and healthy dish! We LOVE curries and my husband loves them extra spicy. If it can help us lose a few pounds, all the better!
Hahahaha! I know, right Amy? That’s what I’m totally counting on. Bring on the thin! 🙂
Medha @ Whisk & Shout says
I love spicy food, whether it helps shed weight or not! This looks awesome 🙂
Thanks Medha! I’m with you – I love spicy food!
Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella says
Have you read about the lemon detox? it’s lemon juice, honey and cayenne. I can’t imagine just eating that but apparently people swear by it! 😮
Eeeeewwwww, it doesn’t sound good, but trust me…if it works, I’d be down for trying it! Hahaha!
oh yum yum!! this is so my kind of dish!! love seafood curries and i think we should take a trip to thailand together!!! xoxo
OMGosh, that would be awesome Ananda! Can you imagine how much good food we would eat! Yes!
OMG, this looks amazing!!!! I love spicy food! 😉
Thanks Anne! I’m a huge fan of spicy food too!
You know, I HATED spicy foods for the longest time … and now I cannot get enough! Funny how our tastes change over time! The husband would loveeee this dish. I despise shrimp (I know, I’m weird 🙂 it’s a texture thing) but one of these days I should really make some for the husband (who loves seafood!). haha
The texture thing IS a hard thing to get over. I didn’t like the texture for the longest time either, but now I love it and don’t even notice the texture. Use chicken instead! 🙂
This red curry looks super good and delicious! Love the shrimp! 😀
Thanks Jessica! It was sssooo tasty! But…we adore shrimp, so we’re a bit biased! Haha!
OK, I have a visual of you in a tree kissing shrimp. HA!! I don’t know if spicy food helps one lose weight, but I’ll tell you, I’d this every day regardless! It looks so delicious, and it’s pinned. 🙂 You had me kind of excited about red pepper flake ice cream, too. I think you’re on to something BIG with that one!
Hahahaha! What a nice visual Marcie! I’m totally up in that tree kissing a shrimp. And girl, that red pepper flake ice cream is coming to a home near you – I’m tellin’ you my sistah – get ready for it! Hahaha!
Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking says
Oh Lord, help us all!!! Red pepper flake ice cream! I will disown you! Just kidding you probably couldn’t do anything to make me disown you! Xoxo! This red curry shrimp looks fabulous! And if it helps me lose weight, I’m in!
Hahahahaha! You can’t disown me! We’re sistahs! Hahaha! Love you like crazy talk.
Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking says
Tee hee! You know I never could disown you! Love you like crazy!
Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat says
These shrimp look wonderful. This might be good kicked up with a little spice as well.
Thanks Shelby! I am all about the heat, so kicking it up a notch is a perfectly wonderful idea!
This curry shrimps look delicious Kristi…I love spicy food, but sometimes my stomach does not cooperate…
I look forward to the spicy ice cream recipe.
Hope you are having a great week 🙂
Thanks Juliana! I love spice on everything – it’s a good thing my stomach is so agreeable! 🙂 Have a great week!
Yum, I’ll be making this for sure. Pinning it now!
Thanks for the pin Renee! I’m so glad you like the recipe! I’m good whenever there is shrimp and spice!
Melissa Falk says
Love red curry on anything. Nice recipe. And, yes. I do know that spicy food can boost metabolism. The spicier the better 🙂
YES!!! I am *totally* with you Melissa! I am a huge spice lover – so to meet another one – we’re like sistahs! 🙂
I want this for lunch and dinner Kristi, it sounds amazing!
Thanks Emily! I’m so glad you like it. I’m good with eating it for both lunch and dinner too! 🙂
Lauren @ Healthy Delicious says
This is the prettiest curry I’ve ever seen!
Thank you Lauren! What a nice compliment!
Anna | ANNAdventure says
These shrimp look incredible!!!! I would say spicy foods help me loose weight because my mouth burns so much that I end up gulping water like its going extinct, making me full and therefore eating less… hahaha 🙂 PS. The sidebar you have with the twitter, facebook, g+ and pinterest logos… what plugin is that? I have been looking to add that to my blog. Thanks so much!!! <3
Thanks Anna! I like to think spicy foods help me lose weight too. 🙂 I’d love to help you with the sidebar, but I’m not exactly sure, because I had my web guy set it up. I’ll send him email and find out, then I’ll come back and email you!
Looks perfect for a curry loving person like me. 🙂
Thanks Ramona! Me too. Curry anything is fabulous in my book. Have a great weekend.
Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats says
haha… great question. If spicy food is the key I’m all in! 🙂 And red chili pepper chocolate ice cream.. totally sounds like something up my alley!
Hahaha! Me too Krista! I’ll eat it with you! 🙂
Lauren Kelly Nutrition says
I love spicy! These look delicious!
Thanks Lauren! I love spicy too. We the spice sistahs! 🙂