Coconut Lime Shrimp

By Whisper of Yum
  • Total Time:
    20 mins
  • Servings:


  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • ½ cup onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 1 pound large shrimp, deveined (a must!) deshelled (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest, freshly grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons fish sauce + more to taste

For Serving

  • steamed rice
  • limes for squeezing


  1. Heat sesame oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add ginger and garlic, and cook for 2 mins or until fragrant. Add onions and cook for an additional 2 mins.
  2. Stir in broth, coconut milk, sugar, and ¼ cup chopped cilantro. Bring to a simmer and cook for 4 mins, giving the mixture time for the flavors to marry.
  3. Stir in shrimp, fish sauce and lime zest. Simmer just until shrimp are pink and cooked through, 4-5 mins. Add more fish sauce if needed.
  4. Stir in lime juice and remaining cilantro. Turn off flame.
  5. Serve over rice and squeeze lime over shrimp.