Easy Thai Prawn Curry is ready in about half an hour from scratch – perfect if you have friends for supper and need to cook in a short time.
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Make Easy Thai Prawn Curry Gluten-free
I love Thai curries, but I don’t make them often enough to keep all the ingredients in the house. Curry pastes are an excellent substitute, but some are definitely better than others. I’m always looking for pastes with as few preservatives as possible and no added sugar. As one of our extended family members is coeliac, I’d rather buy gluten-free when I can, so that cooking for him is less hassle.
In this recipe, the only place you might find gluten is in the curry paste. So check the packet if you want to be sure. Thai Taste, which I use, is definitely GF. This curry paste will last for 3 months in the fridge once opened, so it’s easy to use up before it expires.
Does Easy Thai Prawn Curry really take only 5 minutes to prepare?
Amazingly it does. Frozen prawns need no preparation – just snip the bag open.
The 5 minutes is needed to chop the onion, garlic and ginger (if you aren’t using that from a jar). You can plan ahead and have prepared onions and ginger in the freezer, in which case 5 minutes is generous.
I should note that before I start timing I assemble all the ingredients and equipment that I’ll need. Partly because it gives me a consistent starting point, and also because it makes cooking so much less stressful. When I don’t have everything ready, I can almost guarantee that one ingredient that I need is at the back of a cupboard or the knife I want has gone AWOL.
If you keep all the ingredients in the freezer or fridge, this Easy Thai Prawn Curry is one of those great meals to cook when you haven’t shopped, or don’t want to spend ages cooking.
By the way, you can also cook and freeze rice in bulk, so that you always have some ready. Just spend a couple of hours at a weekend and you’ll save loads of time and stress on a week-night.
- Joseph Garlic Peeler – I know, it sounds so unnecessary, and to be honest it is in this recipe. Except that it makes peeling garlic so easy and your hand don’t get smelly. You just chop off the ends of the garlic cloves, unwrap the silicone tube and pop them inside. When it’s re-curled you rub the garlic and when you open it up the skin and garlic are separated – like magic.
- Helix Garlic Press – Often, I just chop garlic, but when you want it to be very fine it’s easier to use a garlic press. I’ve just updated mine as it’s a bit fiddly to use (and 30 years old, so I felt justified). A helix press means you don’t need as much force to get more out of the garlic – also good if your grip isn’t as strong as you’d like.
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Easy Thai Prawn Curry is ready in about half an hour.
You will need:
- Large saucepan
- 1 tablespoon (15ml) oil
- 1 medium (170g) onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon (5ml) grated fresh root ginger (or from a jar)
- 1 clove garlic
- 2 tablespoons (30ml/50g) Thai red curry paste (I used Thai Taste)
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 100g creamed coconut
- 500g raw frozen prawns
- Peel and chop the onions
- Peel and grate the ginger
- To peel use the tip of a teaspoon
- Peel and finely chop, or crush, the garlic
- Chop the creamed coconut.
To cook Easy Thai Prawn Curry:
- Heat the oil in a large saucepan on MEDIUM-HIGH heat
- Put the onion and ginger in the pan and cook for about 5 minutes until softened
- Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute
- Stir in the curry paste and cook for 1 minute
- Pour the chopped tomatoes and chopped coconut cream into the saucepan
- Turn the heat to HIGH to bring to the boil, then turn to LOW, put on the lid, and simmer for 5 minutes
- The creamed coconut will have melted and you will have a thick sauce
- Tip in the frozen prawns. Turn the heat to HIGH to bring to the boil, then turn to LOW and cook for 8-10 minutes, depending on how large the prawns are
- Check the seasoning and add salt if needed
- Serve with rice.
Everyday Cooks Tips:
- The curry paste should keep for up to 3 months in the fridge, once opened and re-sealed
- The creamed coconut will also keep for up to 3 months in the fridge
- Category: Supper
- Method: Hob
- Cuisine: Thai