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Red Thai Prawn Curry with Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice

You’ll have no trouble skipping the take-out when you can whip together the best prawn curry recipe! You can make this creamy coconut red Thai prawn curry in less than 30 minutes. Make it with cilantro-lime cauliflower rice to make it completely low-carb!

red thai prawn curry

It’s officially SPRING!! How happy are you? If you know me at all, you’ll know that I’m full on rejoicing over the shift in weather, and most importantly, THE SUN. I am a complete sun worshiper! Summer is my happy place.

I see some lower temps next week, but luckily no -20. Yet, at least.

The one thing I don’t like about spring? When the snow melts, I see all sorts of garbage popping up in playgrounds and on the streets. It irks me. Why are we still littering, people!? I read somewhere once that Prince Charles would take William and Harry out garbage picking when they were kids, and I’m definitely considering doing this with my own kids. I want them to love the earth the way I do!

Red Thai Prawn Curry

You know what else I love? You guys already know the answer to this. THAI FOOD. I can’t gush enough about how much I love it. Green, yellow, red, you name it. I want Thai curry any way I can get it! Every day, if possible. I recently posted these Thai cauliflower lettuce wraps and if you haven’t tried them yet, you are seriously missing out.

What is red Thai curry?

Red Thai prawn curry is hands down my favourite of the Thai curries, so I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to post this dish. Red curry paste is basically a mixture of red chili peppers, garlic, shallots, shrimp paste, lime leaves, cumin, lemongrass and some other spices. I find it a bit sweeter than some of the other curries, as well as more mild.

The best part about this particular curry dish is that you can pretty much clean out your fridge with whatever vegetables you have on hand. You can also customize the spiciness, by adding more or less curry paste to the sauce.

If you aren’t a fan of prawns, you can easily swap out for chicken! It’s delicious either way.

It’s also SO quick to make! You can have it on the table in under 30 minutes!

red thai prawn curry

How do you make cilantro-lime cauliflower rice?

So why the cauliflower rice? Um, because it’s DELICIOUS! We’ve been making it a lot lately. It’s a great substitute for regular rice – you get all of the extra vegetables, it’s quick to make, and there are very little carbs. Even the kids like it!

The cilantro-lime flavor is also very easy to add in to the rice, and it tastes SO good with the sweet red curry sauce. To make it, you will shred up the cauliflower into tiny pieces using a food processor, then heat it up in a skillet, before adding cilantro and lime to the mix. So easy! Try it!

I hope you are all having as much sun as we are – get out this weekend and enjoy it!

And don’t forget to try this amazing prawn curry!!

You all know I love curry dishes. Here are some others I think you’ll enjoy:

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red Thai prawn curry

Red Thai Prawn Curry with Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice

  • Author: Katherine
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


You’ll have no trouble skipping the take-out when you can whip together this creamy coconut red Thai prawn curry in less than 30 minutes. Make it with cilantro-lime cauliflower rice to make it completely low-carb!



Thai Curry

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, divided
  • 1620 large prawns, raw
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 23 tbsp red Thai curry paste*
  • 2 cans (800mL) full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 large carrots, sliced thinly
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
  • 1 bell pepper, sliced into 1” strips
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • optional toppings: cilantro, sesame seeds, peanuts, extra lime

Cilantro-Lime Cauliflower Rice

  • 1 large head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  •  pinch each of salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare the curry. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tbsp of the coconut oil. Once the oil has melted, add the prawns and cook until pink and fully cooked through. Remove the prawns to a plate, and cover to keep warm.
  2. Add the remaining tbsp of coconut oil. Add the garlic, and sauté for a few minutes, or until fragrant. Add the curry paste and stir with a large wooden spoon to combine. Add the coconut milk, and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, stir in the fish sauce. Add the carrots first, and cook for 5 minutes before adding the broccoli. Cook for an additional minute, then add the bell pepper and mushrooms and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until all veggies are just fork-tender. Reduce the heat to low, and add the prawns back in, along with the lime juice. Keep warm until ready to serve.
  3. Make the cauliflower rice. While the curry is simmering, place the cauliflower florets into a food processor and process into a rice-sized consistency. Heat the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add the cauliflower, and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring often. Add in the cilantro, lime juice, garlic powder and salt and pepper and stir to combine. Cook for an additional minute, before placing the lid on the skillet and removing from heat.
  4. Serve the curry by plating the cauliflower rice, and topping with the Thai curry. Top with extra lime juice, cilantro, sesame seeds, and peanuts before serving.

Store leftovers separately (cauliflower rice in one container, curry in another) in the fridge for 2-3 days.


  1. Use 2 tbsp for a milder curry – 3 tbsp for a spicier version
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: curry
  • Method: stovetop
  • Cuisine: Thai

Keywords: best prawn curry recipe // red Thai prawn curry // cilantro-lime cauliflower rice // prawn panang curry

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  1. This is my kind of meal Katherine! So much flavor! And less than 30 minutes to make dinnertime easier and I’m in!

    • YES! I’m all about the quick and easy meals too. Especially when they’re this delicious! 😉

    • Ben|Havocinthekitchen

      Spring…Oh yeah I’m super excited! Laughed when you mentioned the garbage – that is so true. Indeed, a few people (I hope only a very few) haven’t learned to pick up after their pets yet. So you might be lucky enough to find out something more interesting than garbage under the snow haha. And while I’m not a huge fan of curry recipes, I must admit this one looks and sounds fantastic!

      • Aaah yes, I actually love to point out to people when they’re clearly ignoring the fact that their pet has left something special on the sidewalk! Come ON people, hah. I’m sorry to hear you’re not a curry fan – maybe this dish would change your mind 😉

  2. Happy spring, Katherine! I missed the sun! I don’t like to bake in it, but I do love sunshine and its mood-picker-upper effect. I love this Thai meal!! It’s jammed packed with veggies and flavor. When it comes to chicken or shrimp, it’s shrimp all the way for me! 😃

  3. Prince Charles is the cutest! I want to take Cookie out garbage picking now :). (There are some kids in the neighborhood who treat the park down the street like their own private dumping ground and it drives me crazy!) But I’m loving the sound of this curry! I pretty much love the sound of any curry, haha!

  4. I love that Prince Charles did that with his kids – what an important example to set! I do shake my head at what people will do…hello people that don’t return their grocery carts! my special peeve…

    You know I love shrimp and, oh baby, this curry is literally making my mouth water! Looks just heavenly, Katherine!

    • Isn’t that just great? Showing that they’re not above helping the planet out!! ARGH – the grocery cart returns. That one drives me nuts too, Marissa. I do know you love shrimp! You’d love this one!! Thank you my friend! XO

  5. Oh man, does this ever look fabulous!! My husband and I are both crazy for shrimp, we will be making this as soon as possible-and I also love that you use cauliflower rice!! 😀

  6. I love the prawns in here but also the option to use chicken. Maybe use both?! Mmmmm. So many flavors and I am such a LOVER of cauliflower rice! This supper is a home run!

  7. How on earth did I miss this 30 minutes beauty ? Keeper it is !

  8. This sounds so heavenly all together ! Loving the red thai and curry spin on it with the festive cauliflower rice! Yummy and healthy too, which I love!! Pinning! xo

  9. I love thai food too and red curry is my favourite. We’ve got some prawns in the freezer to use up so I think this recipe will be happening in our kitchen soon. So yum. I love the flavourings for the cauliflower rice too.

  10. I love Thai also! It’s such a great way to use a lot of veggies and I love those jumbo prawns you’ve got in here! Using cauliflower rice is a great low carb way to enjoy this. When’s dinner? 🙂

  11. this looks so good! i grew up having chicken in my thai curry so shrimp sounds really decadent (:

  12. Katherine, this curry looks so fresh! Love Thai and all the flavors. My family would eat this up!

  13. I bet that delicious curry sauce soaks up all of that yummy cauliflower rice! Sounds SO extra delicious. Love that you added prawn instead of chicken too! A fun addition. Delicious and easy weeknight meal! Wooo!

  14. Katherine – my mouth is watering at this recipe (and photo!!!). I love this soup, and any Thai curry is my favorite! I love that this is so easy, and also hate that I’ve never made this! No excuses now, thanks for the recipe! Hope Spring gets to you soon!

  15. I’ve never made curry but this looks seriously amazing Katherine! I definitely need to add this to my dinner rotation! And the melting snow is exposing lots of garbage around here too. I love to see the snow melt, but the dirt and garbage is a horrible site. Hope your week is off to a great start!

  16. We love Thai flavors and curry dishes (any color curry😁) and Loreto makes it often. This is just wonderful with prawns and cauliflower rice. We need to make some soon!

  17. I adore Thai food and all the flavors. Your shrimp curry looks so scrumptious and I can just imagine what it tastes like just by looking at your gorgeous photos!

  18. This is my idea of a perfect meal! Love all of those spices and flavors you have going on in this dish – I look forward to trying it!

  19. You know I love a good curry. Thai curry is always my favorite and this looks so dang good. I’m sure it would taste amazing with the cauliflower rice!

  20. All these flavors sound amazing! I think I’ll try this recipe today… but with lobster meat in place of prawns. Thanks 🙂

  21. This is so colorful and looks delicious! I would definitely try it both ways, with chicken and a prawns! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Marisa F. Stewart

    What a gorgeous dish! There are so many flavors going on and we love every one of them. We are late comers to the deliciousness of Thai cuisine but we’re making up for lost time. This recipe is going on our roster. Can’t wait to make it. The shrimp look so juicy. YUM!

  23. Kelly Anthony

    This looks so bright and beautiful! Perfect for that sun-shiney weather 🙂 I’ve never had cauliflower rice. What is the texture like?

  24. This looks so delicious! I love that you use the really large shrimp for this, and also the cauliflower rice. I’m definitely going to be making this one

  25. This red Thai prawn dish looks so good! The sauce sounds amazing and then adding the cilantro lime cauliflower rice just makes it even better.

  26. This looks fantastic ! I am such a huge fan of Thai food 🙂 The addition of the caulifower rice adds a cool flare!

  27. I’m a huge curry fan and this curry looks delicious! I eat and live curry almost every single day and this is such a great version of curry to try.

  28. This is one of those unbelievably delicious, super easy to make family dinner recipe you just don’t wan’t to miss. I love all the flavors you combined here and it really looks fantastic. My family will definitely love this. Can’t wait to give it a try.

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  32. Delicious recipes. I love it

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  35. So delicious and easy!

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