If you’ve ever made a Thai curry before, you know the basic formula for it doesn’t take a lot of ingredients. Even though you’re likely to find a 100+ page cookbook filled with complicated recipes, the basic ingredients are relatively simple. Red curry paste is the most important since it’s the base of the whole dish. And if you’re like most people, you probably have it already at home. The only thing you might need is shrimp, but even that’s easy to find and cheap. For this recipe, I used some frozen shrimp that I bought at the store, but if you’re going to buy shrimp for this dish, I’d recommend getting the ones that aren’t already cooked. They are much less expensive and taste better

I’ve always been interested in food and cooking. When I first moved to Thailand, I was surprised to see that most of the restaurants here were owned by “Thais”. The people who were born here, raised here, and are natives of Thailand. Today, I am in Bangkok, Thailand, and I’m studying to be a chef at Thaisee University of Culinary Arts.

Red curry is a popular Thai dish that combines rich red curry paste, fish sauce, and coconut milk for a delicious, flavorful sauce. The strong taste of curry paste is balanced by the sweet and slightly salty coconut milk, while the fish sauce cuts the richness of the curry for a very satisfying meal. Red curry is a truly versatile dish. You can eat it over rice or noodles, or combine it with quinoa for a different texture and flavor.

Shrimp tacos with pickled cucumbers, carrots, jalapenos, and peanuts drizzled with Thai red curry sauce.

These Thai Red Curry Shrimp Tacos may seem sophisticated, but they are very simple to prepare. My idea originated from a Shrimp Curry Taco on the menu at a local Phoenix restaurant. I liked the taste combination. I knew I had to recreate the recipe, and I was ecstatic when I got it right the first time!

Two Tacos on a plate with a glass of water in the background.

The sauce is made with a thickening, such as cornstarch or arrowroot starch, and is similar to my regular Thai red curry. The thicker curry sauce adheres better to the shrimp and prevents tacos from becoming runny.

If you’re not a lover of shrimp, this dish isn’t for you. These would be fantastic with grilled meat or, for a vegan alternative, grilled mushrooms.

Thai Red Curry Shrimp Tacos Recipe

Begin by pickling some shredded cucumbers and carrots quickly. It just takes 30 minutes, and the acidity adds some brightness and crunch to the tacos. Combine rice vinegar and sugar in a container with shredded carrots and cucumbers, shake well, and store in the refrigerator.

Two Tacos topped with pickled carrots and cucumbers.

The red curry sauce is made by combining red curry paste, canned coconut milk, and a thickening such as cornstarch or arrowroot starch. You want a gravy-like consistency, but not too thick.

Two Pieces of shrimp on tortillas with red curry sauce being drizzled on top.

To add some flavor and color to the shrimp, I added salt, pepper, and paprika.

Corn Tortillas: How to Heat Them

When preparing tacos, I believe this step is often neglected. But it makes a difference, so please cook your tortillas for 5 minutes. You can either do this in a pan with no oil and put the tortillas for a minute on each side, or you can do it in a microwave. I like putting burned marks on them.

Toasted tortillas on a plate

You may also use the oven and bake the tortillas for a few minutes on a baking sheet; you don’t want them to become crunchy. In a tortilla warmer, foil, or a kitchen towel, keep them warm.

Tacos are ready to assemble.

Drizzle the red curry sauce over the shrimp, top with pickled cucumber and carrots, then top with sliced jalapenos, cilantro, and chopped peanuts.

Are you looking for a low-carb version? Instead of tortillas, use butter lettuce. Just as delectable and delectable!

Up close view of shrimp tacos topped with sliced jalapenos.

Here are a few more delicious Thai curry recipes:

Curry (Yellow)

Green Curry Sauce

Stir-fried red curry

Two Tacos on a plate with a glass of water in the background.

Recipe for Thai Red Curry Shrimp Tacos

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Shrimp tacos with pickled cucumbers, carrots, jalapenos, and peanuts drizzled with Thai red curry sauce.

15-minute prep time

15 minutes to prepare

Course Description:

Mexican and Thai cuisines

Instructions 

Cucumbers and Carrots Pickled

  • To create julienne shreds with a cucumber and carrot, use a mandolin with a shredding attachment or a knife. Fill a mason jar or a small container with the mixture.

  • Toss together the rice vinegar and sugar to dissolve, then pour over the carrots and cucumbers. While you’re making the tacos, give it a nice shake or mix and put it in the fridge.

Curry Sauce (Red)

  • Add coconut oil and curry paste to a small saucepan over medium heat (start with 1 tablespoon if you don’t want it hot). Break it up and add the coconut milk after a minute.

  • Bring to a light boil after thoroughly mixing. Taste the sauce to determine if it needs more curry paste or salt.

  • To create a slurry, combine cornstarch or arrowroot starch with water. After that, pour into the red curry sauce. Turn off the heat after thoroughly mixing. As the sauce cools, it will thicken to the consistency of gravy. Add additional starch slurry if it’s still too thin. If the sauce is too thick, thin it down with a little water.

Shrimp

  • Mix together the Shrimp, Oil, Salt, and Paprika in a large mixing basin.

  • Place shrimp in a saute pan over medium heat, spacing them out so they don’t touch, and cook until pink on each side. It just takes a few minutes to do this task.

Tortillas

  • Warm tortillas on a baking sheet in a 300-degree oven or in a non-stick pan. I like leaving burned markings on them. The tortillas should then be kept warm in a tortilla warmer, covered in foil, or wrapped in a clean kitchen towel.

  • Place 2 shrimp on a warmed tortilla, sprinkle with red curry sauce, add pickled cucumbers and carrots, and top with sliced jalapenos, cilantro, and chopped peanuts.

Notes

If thickening the curry sauce using Arrowroot starch, start with half of the slurry and observe how quickly it thickens. It may become a glob if you add too much. 

 

The best part of any taco will always be the tortilla, and a taco is not a taco without a tortilla. The way a tortilla is made can make all the difference in how pizza-like it tastes to your taste buds. There are different textures, tastes, and elasticity levels among corn tortillas.. Read more about authentic thai coconut curry shrimp and let us know what you think.