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West African Shrimp

My girls have always loved seafood, so I invented a shrimp dish with coconut milk and ginger. They raved; I was delighted. It's great with jasmine rice. —Sharon Scaletta, Johnstown, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh gingerroot
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 can (28 ounces) petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (13.66 ounces) coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1 pound uncooked shrimp (31-40 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • Hot cooked rice
  • Minced fresh cilantro, optional


  • Place garlic, ginger and oil in a large skillet. Cook and stir over medium-low heat 5-7 minutes or until fragrant. Add tomatoes, coconut milk, tomato paste and salt; bring to a boil.
  • In a small bowl, mix cornstarch and water until smooth; stir into tomato mixture. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
  • Add shrimp. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 4-6 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Serve with rice and, if desired, cilantro.
Nutrition Facts
1-1/4 cups (calculated without rice): 373 calories, 26g fat (19g saturated fat), 138mg cholesterol, 763mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 23g protein.

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  • Kandi
    May 1, 2020

    I thought it was good. I didn't have ginger root, just powdered ginger. Next time I will make sure I have actual ginger.

  • Douglas
    Apr 15, 2020

    Very bland. Maybe I shoud've tried what ColleenaG mentioned by adding some curry to it. It was edible, though.

  • Alexandre
    Jan 21, 2019

    I loved it! The ginger gives a bit of a fresh flavor. This recipe is very easy to prepare, I finished in less than 30 minutes.

  • ColleenaG
    Apr 20, 2015

    As I cooking, the dish was very bland. I could not even taste the ginger. I ended up adding about 1 1/2 teaspoon of curry and my family really enjoyed the dish.