4.67 from 12 votes

Simple Red Thai Prawn Curry

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This red Thai Prawn Curry is a so easy to make. The fragrant sauce is made with red curry paste, coconut milk and peppers, topped with the protein packed prawns.
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
£2.10
Makes: 5
Main
THAI
Freezable

There’s so much to love with this prawn red Thai curry recipe. You get such a powerful amount of flavour with a short ingredient list and minimal prep. 

Close up Prawn Curry with noodles, mange tout, prawns, peppers, topped with red chillies, spring onion slices and fresh coriander.

Why this recipe is great

The prawn curry comes together in one pot, as we cook the noodles within the curry. So there’s minimal mess and the noodles are infused with the aromatics in this recipe. Less mess and more flavour, a win win.

Other recipes for you to try using prawns … Prawn Rice (Simple & One Pot), Creamy Sweetcorn Orzo with Paprika Prawns and Lemon and Prawn Spaghetti

Ingredients

Ingredients to make red prawn  curry laid out on a pale blue background and labelled.

Cooked Frozen Prawns
I love the ease of cooked frozen prawns, you don’t have to worry about overcooking them (or undercooking them) as we can just throw them into the pot for the last couple of minutes of cook time. They’re a great lean source of protein with lots of flavour, so they’re a great addition to a red Thai curry. 

Reduced Fat Coconut Milk
This prawn curry had to be served with coconut milk. The rich creaminess is a key element to a thai curry. I use reduced fat to keep the calories down with a decent portion size, but you could definitely use full fat. 

Thai Red Curry Paste
Use your favourite red Thai curry paste here for ease and also to keep the costs down. 

Coriander
The best herb to brighten up this prawn Thai curry. You could also use mint or thai basil. 

Egg Noodles
Some could say this is a bit of a random carb pairing,  but I think that with the egg noodles being cooked within the curry, means that we can infuse the noodles with all the aromatics from the curry which makes the best flavour. 

See the recipe card for full information on all ingredients and quantities.

How to make this prawn curry recipe

  1. Start by chopping the mixed peppers in slices (Image 1).
  2. Then add the peppers into a deep non-stick frying pan with coconut oil. Season with salt and fry for around 5 minutes (Image 2).
2 step by step photos, the first with sliced peppers on a wooden chopping board the second with the peppers in a frying pan.

3. Once the peppers start to soften, add the chilli flakes, garlic, red Thai paste, finely chopped coriander stalks and tomato puree into the pan and then fry for 3 minutes until fragrant (Image 3).

4. Now add the coconut milk, fish stock, mange tout and noodles. Cover with a lid and simmer for 6 minutes (Image 4).

2 step by step photos, the first peppers fried in the pan with sauce and mixed with a wooden spoon and the second the noodles and stock added to the pan.

5. Remove the lid and after stirring, pour the prawns into the pan and cover again with a lid, cooking for another two minutes (Image 5).

6. Now the prawn Thai curry is ready to serve with a sprinkle of fresh coriander, spring onions and optional chilli flakes to serve (Image 6).

2 step by step photos, the noodles in the sauce in the pan and the second with the prawns, mange toute and coriander in the pan.

Here are some more noodle recipes to give you inspiration … Chili Oil Ramen Noodles, Gochujang Noodles, Beef Udon Stir Fry and Stir-fry Pork Udon Noodles

Tips and Tricks

  • Prep all the ingredients beforehand for a smooth cooking process. Chop your vegetables, and have all the spices and sauces measured out and ready to use.
  • The Thai curry paste forms the base of your dish, adjust the amount according to your desired spice level.
  • Sauté the curry paste with the peppers and stir-fry it for a couple of minutes until fragrant, which helps to release the flavours of the spices and intensify the curry’s taste.
  • Add your favourite vegetables that complement the prawns well, such as bell peppers, bamboo shoots, baby corn, or snap peas. Cut them into bite-sized pieces and add them to the curry.

Other curry dishes … Tomato and Coconut Cod Curry, Fish Amok Curry and Grilled Aubergine Curry

FAQs

Can I meal prep this recipe?

Yes absolutely! Just divide into 5 portions and refrigerate as soon as it’s cool enough to put in the fridge. Overtime, the noodles absorb quite a lot of the moisture of the curry, so you get a thicker/less liquidy curry (which I love). 
If you want more liquid, you can cook and store the noodles separately, and then reheat them within the curry. 

How do I reheat this curry?

You can either reheat the prawn thai curry in the microwave for two minutes on high or in a small saucepan on a medium heat until piping hot. Serve with coriander/spring onion and optional chilli flakes. 

Can I freeze this recipe?

So the frozen prawns say on the packet that you can’t refreeze them. I have actually done this lots of times though and never had any issues. So this one is up to you! 

I don’t like prawns – what can I use as a substitute?

Most white fish would be great in this recipe. For uncooked fish, slice a fillet into bite-sized pieces and add into the curry as soon as you add the liquids into the pot.  For cooked/prepped fish, add to the pan for the last couple of minutes of cook time, just to heat through. 

Is this recipe spicy?

Yes it has a little kick to it. If you prefer less heat, omit the added chili flakes and opt for a less spicy curry paste.

If you tried this Simple Red Thai Prawn Curry, it would be mean so much to me if you could leave a review & a star rating to let me know how you found it! I love hearing about your experiences – it motivates me to keep creating more and more recipes for you guys 💛 Let’s get cooking! – Mimi x

Simple Prawn Red Thai Curry

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4.67 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
£2.10
Main
THAI
Freezable
Servings: 5
This red Thai Prawn Curry is a so easy to make. The fragrant sauce is made with red curry paste, coconut milk and peppers, topped with the protein packed prawns.

Ingredients

  • 3 mixed peppers, thinly sliced (£0.92)
  • 3 cloves of garlic, thinly sliced (£0.69/3)=(£0.23)
  • ½ jar red thai curry paste (£1.30/2)=(£0.65)
  • 400 ml low fat coconut milk (£0.95)
  • 300 g egg noodles (£1.50)
  • 160 g mange tout (£1.00)
  • 325 g large cooked prawns, frozen (£4.35)
  • Bunch of fresh coriander £0.50
  • 50 g spring onion (£0.40)
  • 1 red chilli, sliced (optional for garnish)

CUPBOARD ESSENTIALS

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 900 ml fish stock
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • Salt

Method

  • Start by adding the sliced peppers into a deep non-stick frying pan with 1 tbsp coconut oil. Season with salt and fry for around 5 minutes.
  • Next, add the chilli flakes, garlic, red thai paste, finely chopped coriander stalks and tomato puree into the pan. Fry for 3 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add the coconut milk, fish stock, mange tout and noodles. Cover with a lid and simmer for 6 minutes.
  • After this time, remove the lid and stir everything in the pan. Pour the prawns into the pan and cover with a lid, cooking for another two minutes
  • Serve a portion of the prawn thai curry with a sprinkle of fresh coriander, spring onions and optional chilli flakes/or optional sliced red chilli to serve.

Notes

  • Prep all the ingredients beforehand for a smooth cooking process. Chop your vegetables, and have all the spices and sauces measured out and ready to use.
  • Adjust the amount of Thai curry paste according to desired spice level.
  • Sauté curry paste with vegetables for a few minutes to intensify the flavors.

Nutrition

Servings: 5 servings
Fat: 13g
Calories: 405kcal
Carbohydrates: 48g
Protein: 20g

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  1. Lily Ferrante | 2 years ago

    Wow. Wow. Wow.
    This was absolutely amazing. Will definitely be making again5 stars

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