Recipes — Quick and Easy Curry Recipes


10 of the Best Quick and Easy Curry Recipes for Dinner 0

10 of the Best Quick and Easy Curry Recipes for Dinner

by Jacqueline Samaroo

A really good curry usually calls for a lot of spices and herbs that blend well together to make the finished dish something amazing! Spices and herbs aside, the rest of a curry’s ingredients tend to be few and simple, often comprising whatever you happen to have in your fridge.

Curries are an excellent and easy way to break up the regular routine of your weeknight meals. So, why not give a few of these 10 quick and easy curry recipes a try? You could even use them as inspiration for a dish of your own creation. Either way – enjoy!

curried shrimp and rice

Curried Rice with Shrimp

“I will definitely be using it again.” TantaPenny

Here’s a delightful one pot meal that comes together with very little fuss. Sauté chopped onions and carrots until soft. Add chopped garlic and curry powder and cook until fragrant giving it the occasional stir. Add uncooked white rice, water, salt and pepper. Allow it to boil then reduce to a simmer and let the rice steam. Before the rice is done cooking, season large deveined shrimp with salt and pepper then set them in the rice. Continue cooking until the shrimp are done then fold in some fresh basil and serve. It’s another delicious way to do a tasty shrimp curry.

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes


Vibrant Coconut Green Curry

“This is one of the best curries that I have ever had.” Nikole O'Quinn

Personalize this curry with any tasty vegetables you like. Add oil, shallots, garlic and ginger to a hot skillet. Stir frequently and cook until softened and lightly browned. First, add curry powder and spinach while continuing to stir, and then add coconut milk, sugar and salt. You can blend the curry at this point if you wish or simply leave it on low to simmer and reduce while you add whatever vegetables you have on hand such as potatoes, red pepper, kale and squash. Serve this sweet and spicy combination with rice and garnish with a combination of cilantro, red onion and toasted coconut.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

Curry Coconut Fish Parcels

“This is a regular midweek meal in our house now, it's so fantastic.” jesscalou

Coconut and curry tend to go hand in hand and this yummy dish proves why! Place each tilapia fillet on two sheets of foil and spread red curry paste over it. Add desiccated coconut and soy sauce plus some lime zest and lime juice. Close the foil packet and place it on a baking tray in a pre-heated oven. Cook and drain some basmati rice. Serve the rice topped with the fish and a drizzle of sweet chilli sauce. Scatter some sliced red chilli around it, add some cooked thin-stemmed broccoli and lime wedges. Simple ingredients, beautiful presentation and awesome taste!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes

Coconut Chicken and Lime Curry

“It’s wonderful.” Ann Nicholson

The spicy kick of green curry paste stands out in this delicious dish. Stir fry thinly sliced chicken thigh fillets and set them aside. Stir fry green curry paste until it becomes fragrant then add the chicken, coconut cream, fish sauce, brown sugar and halved cherry tomatoes. Stir fry some more to let the tomatoes soften a bit then stir in some coriander leaves and lime juice. Serve with rice and garnish with lime wedges. Quick, easy, YUM!

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes

Anything-You-Have Coconut Curry Soup

“Love how customizable and colorful it is…” jennifer

Tofu lovers can enjoy the crispy addition it makes to this curry. Begin by pressing the water from extra firm tofu. Prepare the soup by stir frying chopped onion, smashed garlic and grated ginger. Add red curry paste, turmeric, sugar and salt then stir fry some more. Next in are the baby potatoes, coconut milk and vegetable broth. Simmer to soften the potatoes then cool the soup slightly before pureeing it to a silky smooth texture. Stir fry cubes of the tofu until lightly browned, carefully adding a little of the soup to give added color and to caramelize the outside of the tofu. When golden brown and crispy, use the tofu and whatever fresh vegetables you have on hand to top bowls of your soup along. Comfort food curry!

Total time: 30 minutes


chickpea curry

Chickpea Curry

“Pretty good, and so easy.” Mark P.

Chickpeas, a side-dish staple, become the main feature in this simply yet filling curry. Fry onions in heated oil until tender. Stir in whole cloves, minced garlic, ground cumin, finely chopped ginger, cinnamon sticks, cayenne pepper, ground coriander, ground turmeric and salt. Cook and stir for a minute before adding in the chickpeas. Continue stirring until blended and heated through. Remove from the heat and stir in some cilantro (coriander leaves). Serve up the dish with a garnish of more cilantro for an extra lemony tang to your meal!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes


Ground Beef Curry (Kima Curry)

“Very tasty!” StormSerpent

Here is a wonderful way to quickly set a scrumptious meal on the table at the end of a long day. Sautee sliced onion and lean ground beef together and drain the fat. Add curry powder, crushed garlic, crushed ginger and sliced tomatoes to fry with the beef. Stir in some tomato paste, ground cinnamon, chopped cilantro, water and salt to taste. Serve with rice, relax and enjoy!

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

Coconut Curry Shrimp

“Delicious!” Lori S.

Coconut milk and honey blend nicely to flavor this quick dish. Sauté shrimp in melted butter until fully cooked and set them aside. Sauté minced garlic and finely chopped onion then add curry powder and cook for a few minutes. Lower the heat and stir in coconut milk, honey, lime juice and salt. Allow to come to a gentle boil then add in the shrimp, give them a toss and leave the curry to simmer and thicken. You may add more honey, lime juice or salt to suit your taste then finally stir in some chopped fresh basil leaves. If you wish, use a little hot sauce to spice up your lovely curry then serve it over cooked rice garnished with more of the basil.

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes

Curried Shrimp with Peanuts

“This dish was super easy to make and turned out PERFECT!” ehgn23

No matter how you prepare it, a good shrimp curry will always be a crowd-pleaser. Whisk flour and curry powder into melted butter to get a smooth consistency. Let it cook for a minute then slowly whisk in some milk, chicken broth, ketchup, seeded and chopped jalapeño pepper and grated fresh ginger. You can also add dried crushed red pepper if you desire more spiciness in the dish.

Turn up the heat and whisk the curry constantly as it cooks for a few minutes. Allow it to thicken then stir in peeled large, raw shrimp that’s been deveined. Add lime juice and salt, reduce the heat and cook some more, remembering to give it a stir every now and then. You’ll know it’s done when the shrimp turn pink. Serve with a topping of salted cocktail peanuts along with any combination of bean sprouts, cilantro and toasted unsweetened coconut flakes. Juicy shrimp, crunchy peanuts and a lot of great flavor!

Total time: 25 minutes

Best Curried Pumpkin Soup Recipe

"Great flavorful soup.” tamaradutton

Here’s a simple, quick way to add great flavors and nutrition to your weeknight meals. Sauté sliced fresh mushrooms and chopped onions in butter. Stir in some flour and curry powder before slowing adding vegetable broth. Allow it to boil, stirring it until it thickens. Add pumpkin, evaporated milk, honey, salt, pepper and ground cinnamon. Allow the soup to heat through and serve it with a garnish of chives if you like. You can try expanding this soup with other vegetables of your choice.

Total time: 20 minutes