Curried Shrimps with Yuzu-Turmeric Rice


Today’s curried shrimps with yuzu-scented turmeric rice is my new favourite meal. I can’t believe I haven’t made this before, because everyone – including my picky 2-year-old girl – scarfed it down in lightning speed. Perhaps, everyone was just very hungry?

While the thought of cooking curry for the kids sent shivers down my spine (will it be too spicy for them?), I braved the unknown with a steadfast mind. I knew this brand of curry powder that I usually buy – Roland’s Pure Indian Madras Curry Powder – is mild enough for a neophite’s palate. There’s something to be said about reliable pantry standby’s.

And the best thing is: this meal comes together very easily. Week night meals have never been so stress-free! In under an hour and with time to spare, you’ll be done preparing this meal, I promise…and, you’ll look like a supermom! At the risk of sounding like a cheesy tagline, I can attest that this dish is the adventurous parent-cook’s dream-come-true: it’s exotic, it’s easy as 1-2-3, it’s quite nutritious, and it’s delicious.

As we were enjoying this meal one day, I happened to spy some pomegranate seeds hanging out at the back of our refrigerator. I added some of these ruby gems to the rice, and wow! They added some sweet-and-tangy end notes to balance out the shrimps and rice. I was absolutely amazed at how well everything meshed together! For my daughter who loves pomegranate, she really enjoyed this. For my other daughter who doesn’t like pomegranate, it took a bit of coaxing to get her to eat it, but it wasn’t too painful after she’d try them once. All in all, I think this is going to be a family classic for us.

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Curried Shrimps with Yuzu-Scented Turmeric Rice
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Recipe Type: Main, Seafood
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound (20 to 25 pieces) medium Pacific white shrimps, shelled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons mild Madras-style curry powder
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • ½ white onion, finely minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • a squeeze of lemon juice or yuzu juice
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • ¾ teaspoon ground turmeric or freshly grated
  • peel of 1 yuzu, left in big pieces or 2 tablespoons pure yuzu juice (or use lemon if yuzu is not available)
  • pomegranate seeds for garnish
  1. Rinse the shrimps after shelling and deveining, then dry with paper towels. Place in a bowl with the Madras curry powder, garlic, and half the minced onion. Mix until well-combined and set aside. You can marinate this in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.
  2. Fire pan over medium heat with olive oil or grape seed oil. Make sure there is enough to coat the bottom of the pan.
  3. Salt the shrimps and squeeze the lemon or yuzu juice at this point, and then sauté in the pan without overcrowding. Cook for 1 to 1-1/2 minute(s) each side, or until the shrimps just turn opaque. When shrimps turn opaque, give it a quick stir, for about 15 seconds, before transferring to a plate. Set aside.
  4. To make the rice, rinse basmati rice in at least 5 washes of cold water. When washing, use your hands to squeeze out some of the starch from the grains. Drain.
  5. In a sauce pan or small pot, heat a bit of olive oil over medium heat.
  6. When the oil is hot, sauté the remaining half of the minced onions with the turmeric until fragrant.
  7. Mix in the rice and stir until all the grains are coated in turmeric powder. Add the yuzu peel or juice, then add the 1-1/2 cups of water.
  8. Cover and bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to a simmer (medium-low) and cook 12 to 14 minutes.
  9. Let stand away from heat, still covered, for another 5 minutes. Remove yuzu peel and fluff rice before serving.
  10. Top with the curried shrimps and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds, if desired.


  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    What a beautiful meal! Isn’t it great when kids really enjoy something you’ve made for them? Love it.

  • Jen, this looks like an absolutely wonderful meal, and I love the addition of the pomegranate seeds. My 3 year old is super picky, but loves shrimp, so I am going to give this a try. Fingers crossed.

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Tina Ong (@PhenomenalMama)

    Yummy! My kind of dish. I wish pomegranate was readily available where I live. I only get to taste it in select restaurants; and even then, they taste dry already.

  • Reply November 12, 2012


    Wow I love this one! But I can’t say the same for the family who is not big with curry. Nonetheless, I will try this…. after I try your shrimp patties!!! 😉

  • Reply November 12, 2012


    Hey Jen! I love the color of the bright yellow turmeric rice. And btw, adding pomegranate was a brilliant idea! Have a great week!

  • Reply November 12, 2012


    I could easily live on curries and shrimp! (Yes, pomegranate seeds too!) Mad genius combination. 😀 Jen, I always want to wrap myself up in the colours that you use in your photos. They’re so warm and delicious.

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I love shrimp, this looks incredible! I have serious bowl envy too – I’m in love with your props!

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    amy @ fearless homemaker

    What a gorgeous meal + how cool that even your little ones loved it! I adore madras curry + use it in lots of stuff – i bet i’d love this!

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Jen @ Savory Simple

    This is stunning! I must try it.

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    jaime @ sweet road

    Man, I wish I was fed curried dishes when I was little, you’re doing your kids a favor by giving them spicy-ish foods early! To say my family is afraid of flavor is an understatement, so I am really behind on my knowledge of spices and flavors… I’m catching up though.

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Choc Chip Uru

    I have never seen such an exotic version of curried shrimp my friend it looks gorgeous :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  • I love turmeric rice but it’s even better that you threw curried shrimp into the mix. It’s a red letter day when you create a new favorite that the entire family loves, right? Nice job, Jen. :)

  • Reply November 12, 2012


    How wonderful this dish looks Jen. I love the flavors here and the colors are so vibrant. The addition of the pomegranate is such a great idea and who would know it meshed together so well. Your photos are always so beautiful great job on creating something the whole family loves!

  • Reply November 12, 2012


    Such a pretty family classic 😉
    I love shrimps and don’t have them enough, this looks like such a delicious way to serve them-love all the flavors and colors. Your photos are always so beautiful;-)

  • Reply November 12, 2012


    Fantastic combo, tho’ I’ll probably use a slightly stronger curry flavour. When my children were small we alwys had family dinners: used ‘reverse psychology’ – being foodies even then, our plates always looked interesting. In the beginning I cooked simpler meals for the kids: howls of protest ‘We want what you are having’, polishing everything on their plates, curries definitely included, before we finished ours! No problems ever 😀 !

  • My picky 3 year old loves rice dishes, but have never given her anything spicy. Will have to try adding some curry next time I make, maybe even try your recipe. Thanks Jen

  • Reply November 12, 2012

    Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Hmmmm!! I can almost smell this fabulous meal! I love curried shrimp alone but you served with YUZU sceneted turmeric rice! I’m already started to drool. I used yuzu yesterday for dessert, but it’s so expensive $1 for a tiny yuzu fruit. Is yours expensive too? I really wish to have a yuzu tree in my background! What a beautiful styling Jen. I love the beautiful style you create! :)

  • Beautiful! But it’s making me hungry! My picky eaters are not spice lovers especially my 2-year old, but Mom and Dad love to have curries once in a while when there are no kids howling at the smell of spices at home. So I will definitely try this out as soon as the kids are not around. :-)

  • Reply November 12, 2012


    This sounds awesome! What is yuzu though and is it hard to find?

  • Reply November 12, 2012


    I do love this dish! Lots of different flavors, all of which I love! Great dish!!!!!

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    suzanne Perazzini

    I love the plumpness of the prawns and the curry flavours. I’ve shared this on Facebook.

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    Kiran @

    Your photos and styling is a bountiful of inspirations! Love the added turmeric :)

  • Jen – so loving this dish!!! I can just imagine why everyone loved it so. The flavors you put together are simply perfect. Stunning photos!!

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    Lora @cakeduchess

    I would scarf it down too at lightning speed and so would my kids. Love the tumeric rice but the curried shrimps just take it to another level of yumminess, Jen:)

  • Reply November 13, 2012

    The Kitchen Boudoir

    Oh yum. I want to pluck that particularly plump one from my screen now and eat it. Looks delicious!

  • Reply November 14, 2012


    You are raising that kid right! GREG

  • Reply November 14, 2012


    Oh Jen you’ve made me so hungry! I love curried anything and turmeric rice is the best. This too would become a favorite dish. Thanks for sharing:)

  • Reply November 14, 2012

    Magic of Spice

    I bet the aroma alone was just amazing! I love these flavors…just gorgeous!

  • Reply November 14, 2012

    Ashley - Baker by Nature

    Wow! This is one stunning curry dish! So glad I found your blog!!!

  • Love pomegranate seeds! This shrimp looks incredible. So much flavor!

  • Reply November 15, 2012


    What an incredible dish and love your presentation too!

  • Reply November 15, 2012


    This looks absolutely beautiful. I love the pomegranate seeds!

  • Reply November 15, 2012

    maureen stevens

    I seriously, seriously need to be in your kitchen someday! yum! yum! I love curry..and looks like the kids approve!

  • Reply November 16, 2012

    The Squishy Monster

    I’ve been a bit obsessed with tumeric as of late and have been using them as a face mask but as soon as I re up I need to make this—shrimp is my favorite!

  • Reply November 19, 2012


    Anything with shrimps would be a hit with me, I am such a sucker for seafood!

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