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A bowl of pineapple curry with shrimp

Thai Pineapple Curry with Shrimp


  • 1 can pineapple chunks, packed in juice NOT in syrup (or about 1¾ cups fresh pineapple)
  • 4-5 Tbsp red curry paste (or to taste)
  • 1½ cups coconut milk
  • ½ cup water or unsalted chicken stock
  • 2 Tbsp dried shrimp (optional), finely chopped or ground into a fluff in a coffee grinder
  • 7-8 makrut lime leaves (kaffir lime)
  • 1-2 Tbsp fish sauce
  • 2-3 tsp chopped palm sugar (or brown or white sugar)
  • About 1 Tbsp cooking tamarind (what is tamarind and how to make it?)
  • Half a red bell pepper, julienned
  • 350g medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Jasmine rice for serving


  1. Drain pineapple from the juice and place the chunks in a mixing bowl. (You can discard the juice or mix it with some soda water for a sparkling treat!)
  2. Take 2-3 pieces of pineapple at a time in your hand and squeeze the juice out of them. Do not drain this juice; just leave it in the bowl. Do this for all the pineapple pieces; you want the pineapple to give up the juice so they can absorb the curry sauce.
  3. In a medium pot, bring ½ cup coconut milk to a boil over medium heat, then add red curry paste and stir to mix with the coconut milk. Reduce the heat to medium low and keep cooking, stirring frequently, until the paste is very thick and you may start to see coconut oil separating out of the paste. Once the oil has started to appear, keep stirring the paste for a few more minutes, deglazing with a little bit of coconut milk if it's sticking too much to the bottom of the pot.
  4. Add the rest of the coconut milk, pineapple and the juice you squeezed out, dried shrimp, and ½ cup of water or stock. Tear up makrut lime leaves into big chunks, twisting as you tear to bruise the leaves and allow the aromatic oils to come out, and add them to the pot. Simmer on medium low heat for at least 5 minutes to allow flavours to mingle.
  5. Add fish sauce, sugar, and tamarind to taste; how much you need will depend on the flavour of the pineapple, so add less and then taste and adjust as needed. You want the curry sauce to have just a little bit of sweetness and tartness to match the pineapple.
  6. Add bell peppers and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add shrimp and cook for 1 minute or just until fully cooked, then remove from heat.
  8. Taste and adjust final seasoning (pro tip: you can never taste too many times when you cook!) and serve with jasmine rice. Enjoy!