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One Pot Shrimp in Coconut Sauce

What has the power to transport you back home when you are far, far away and missing it terribly? For me, it is food!  I confess the rich and diverse cuisine of my home country makes impossible to choose only one dish. When I think about home, several dishes spring right to mind. This creamy one pot shrimp in coconut sauce (camarão no leite de coco) had the power to transport my sweet Brazil onto my plate this time — and all the memories of those good old days. It is easy, summery, comforting — and SUPER delish… just like home!


This shrimp in coconut sauce (or camarão no leite de coco) is a trip to Ceará, a state in my Northeastern region where the recipe originally comes from. It is still a trip to Bahia, an Afro-Brazilian state in that same region since the dish is somewhat similar to its famous Bahian-style seafood stew known as Moqueca de Camarão.  What it makes the dish a bit different from moqueca is the absence of  palm oil and chunky vegetables. Note that cream cheese, basil, and red jalapenos were added to our Shrimp in Coconut Sauce — as they reflect our personal touch to the traditional recipe.


But the thing is, its aroma while cooking on the stove top still announces all of  its boldness of flavor and contrasting textures… something very Northeastern, very home-sweet-home.


Time is not a problem in this case. This shrimp in coconut sauce can be prepared in about 30 minutes… and using simple ingredients such as jumbo shrimp, vegetables, coconut milk, fresh herbs, and spices.  It can preferably be served over white rice — or noodles if you desire.


It is Latin food at its best!

Most importantly, it is a trip to the amazing flavors of tropical Brazil… home for me and an awarding and economical trip for you! 😉


As they say in Bahia, AXÉ!!! (a Yoruba language term meaning ‘power’ or ‘energy’)… and in Ceará, OXE! (Oh, wow!)


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Easy Shrimp in Coconut Sauce
A quick, creamy, and delicious One Pot Shrimp in Coconut Sauce with blended vegetables to serve over rice or noodles. It is dinner made easy and fabulous!
Votes: 82
Rating: 3.94
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Course Main
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Course Main
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Votes: 82
Rating: 3.94
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  1. Place the peeled shrimp in a bowl with 1 Tablespoon of oil, one minced garlic clove, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper. Toss to coat and let marinade while cooking the vegetables..
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat with 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add the onion and bell pepper and let cook for approximately 3 minutes. Add the 2 coarsely chopped garlic cloves and cook for about 1 minute. Add the canned diced tomatoes, basil, and cilantro/parsley. Let cook for about 2 minutes. Transfer the cooked vegetables to a blender and set aside.
  3. Add the 2 remaining Tablespoons of oil to the skillet and cook the shrimp for 2 minutes, then flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes or it until starts getting pink. Transfer the shrimp to a plate or bowl.
  4. Add the coconut milk, chicken/vegetable broth, lime juice, ground ginger, paprika (optional), and the remaining salt and pepper to the cooked, reserved vegetables and blend everything until vegetables are completely ground and mixture is homogeneous. Transfer blended mixture to the skillet and bring to a boil; then reduce to simmer and cook for about 5 minutes. Add the cream cheese and stir until melted and the sauce is creamy and homogeneous. Add the cooked shrimp to the skillet and toss to coat. Garnish with basil leaves, chopped cilantro/parsley, and slices of red jalapeno pepper if desired. Serve over white rice (preferably) or noodles. Enjoy!


23 Responses to One Pot Shrimp in Coconut Sauce

  1. Deb|EastofEdenCooking July 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm #

    Oh my, the sauce sounds heavenly! I adore shrimp so this recipe will be made soon, serving with a big pot of rice to capture all that outstanding flavor. Bravo!

  2. Anna @ shenANNAgans July 6, 2016 at 5:12 am #

    Yes, food is what connects me to home or memories of home too.
    I absolutely need this shrimp recipe in my life, what an amazing combination of tastes and flavours, loving that cheeky hint of cream cheese so much. Hope you are well my friend. 🙂

  3. John/Kitchen Riffs July 6, 2016 at 9:36 am #

    Food carries such memories, doesn’t it? And this dish could carry nothing but good memories! SO nice — I’ll bet the flavor of this is wonderful. Good stuff — thanks.

  4. Chris Scheuer July 6, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

    This sounds wonderful and such a fun new way to use coconut milk. I just happen to have a big bag of shrimp in the freezer…

  5. Amira July 7, 2016 at 5:15 pm #

    Food always bring people together and also bring memories back, with the delicious smell of mothers and grandmothers cooking, food can bring tears to my eyes- those kind that are not from smelling onions :). Love your recipe and it is indeed colored for summer.

  6. Sugar et al. July 7, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    This is a life changing dish. So wonderful yet simple to make. I just love coconut flavoured sauces and gravies and this one is flavoured with spices as well. Ca’t wait to try it! It’s going to make a gorgeous Friday night dinner.

  7. Mi Vida en un Dulce July 11, 2016 at 11:52 am #

    Bahia…I’m still dreaming with Bahia.

  8. Raymund July 11, 2016 at 2:42 pm #

    I will definitely need a lot of rice with that super delicious sauce!

  9. [email protected] July 13, 2016 at 9:57 am #

    Denise, this looks AMAZING! I want this for dinner tonight! Thank you for sharing this recipe. I love how food can hold such strong memories for us. Pinned! Can’t wait to taste a bit of your home. 🙂

  10. Fran @ G'day Souffle' July 14, 2016 at 9:57 pm #

    I could use some of that ‘Axé’ now to lift me out of the chilly winter here in Adelaide. This looks like a lovely dish. It reminds me of a dish I did called ‘Coconut Curried Shrimp’, but without the curry spice. Thanks so much!

  11. Arriana October 11, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    I made this! it’s so delicious! I didn’t have to alter the recipe at all. Perfect… I am going to add this to my recipe box! Thank you thank you!

  12. Tara Nair April 13, 2017 at 8:47 am #

    Loved the recipe, Denise! I will definitely try it out. Thank you so much for sharing this easy and yummy recipe 😀

  13. Cydney McClain April 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    My husband absolutely loves shrimp. This gives me a new way to please his pallegivesSo easy. So delicious.

    • Denise Browning April 27, 2017 at 10:18 am #

      Hi Cydney! It’s so good to have you vising us here. I hope you get the chance to make my family new fave seafood dish and enjoy. Sending our love. xx

  14. carrie August 23, 2017 at 1:45 pm #

    Do you have the nutritional info, calorie,,,carb count?

    • Denise Browning August 23, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

      Carrie, unfortunately not yet. We have been working on this. It will be our next feature here. Thank you for reaching out!

  15. Monique October 22, 2017 at 4:25 pm #

    Oh My Word!!!! I just made this for Sunday dinner…..didn’t alter the recipe AT ALL…..and it ís absolutely delicious!!!!! So simple to make. And you wanna talk about flavorful?! This is a definite add to my recipe book. I pinned it to my food board on Pinterest forever ago. Last week I told my daughter to scroll through and pick something for Sunday dinner. I’m soooooo glad she picked this one ❤️❤️❤️❤️

    • Denise Browning October 25, 2017 at 8:46 am #

      Hi, Monique! I am so glad you enjoyed this stew, a real family favorite! I hope you come back for more delicious recipes. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask them. Have a marvelous week!

  16. Ester November 19, 2017 at 7:09 pm #

    I am so exited to make this! I bet it tastes so good. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    Ester xoxo

    • Denise Browning November 20, 2017 at 9:28 am #

      Thank you for stopping by Ester! I hope you make this dish and enjoy!

  17. Lindsey Frankson February 14, 2018 at 6:38 pm #

    Do you think you could do this without the cream cheese?

    • Denise Browning February 15, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

      Hi Lindsey! If desired you can skip the cream cheese but it won’t be creamy as if had cream cheese. Since you intend to make without it, please add less coconut milk than stated in the recipe or use a bit of cornstarch to thicken the stew like you would to a gravy. Enjoy!

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