Shrimp & Curried Coconut Risotto- SRC

Shrimp and Curried Coconut Risotto

Is your refrigerator running? Well, you better go get it! ha!

Okay, I have a point with starting with corny joke. I swear.

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Our vacuum was acting up so I kept joking around that “Our vacuum sucks since it doesn’t suck” So Price dove into research mode, making me continually joke “But does that vacuum suck?” every time he would tell me about his findings. In the end we bought the Shark Rotator Pro Complete Lift-Away Vacuum (NV552), because we wanted a vacuum that had a hepafilter, had the ability to turn off the roller when on hardwoods, had a lot of attachments, and was relatively affordable (about 1/2 as much as a Dyson).

Since getting it we have been cleaning every inch of our house. It is amazing and horrifying at the same time as we are living in one of those corny infomercials when the people vacuum with their old one and then go over it with a new one to discover everything that was left behind. It’s amazing and horrifying. At the very least I am enjoying Price cleaning every surface in sight with every attachment the vacuum has. Win!!

Highly recommend this Shark vacuum #notsponsored!

Anyway, it’s Secret Recipe Club Reveal Day!!!!! YAY!!!! It’s my 4th year now!!

This month I had Sue’s blog Couscous and Consciousness. She is from New Zealand! So far away, but that is why I love blogging and Secret Recipe Club since it connects everyone from everywhere.

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I had a lot of fun going through Sue’s Recipe Index since she had such a wide variety of recipes. We picked out several for considering, including her Salted Caramel Coconut Macaroons, Homemade Ricotta, and Pearl Barley Salad with Pistachios, Fava & Pomegranate (which I still have on my to-do list!). Ultimately, I selected her Shrimp & Curried Coconut Risotto.

I hadn’t made risotto in sooooo long so I was drawn to it. Plus, the combination of the flavors was so enticing. I couldn’t resist. 

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I’m glad I made this as it was a very satisfying lunch on a cool fall day. It made it really glad that I made a double batch since it made for great leftovers.

Sue’s tips about preparing this dish were spot on, like how you shouldn’t toast the coconut shavings. Sure, it will look pretty, but the contrasting texture from the crisp coconut to the soft risotto just wouldn’t work. I heeded her advice since it made a lot of sense.

So my 2 cents, if you like the flavor of curry then add a bit more. But, of course, this all depends on your curry blend, so just try it out as you go.

Hope everyone has a fantastic Monday! xox

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Shrimp & Curried Coconut Risotto

Makes 2 servings


  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon medium curry powder
  • 3/4 Cups arborio rice
  • 4 Cups chicken stock, hot
  • 1/2 pound fresh shrimp, peeled & uncooked
  • 1/3 cup cream de coconut
  • generous handful chopped cilantro
  • toasted shaved coconut and wedges of lime to serve


  1. In a large stock pot, heat the oil and 1 Tablespoon butter in a large frying pan, set over medium heat until te butter is melted and the oil is simmering.
  2. Add the shallot and cook until softened, approximately 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and grated lemon zest, cook for another minute
  4. Then add the curry powder, again cooking for another minute before adding the rice.
  5. Add approximately 1/2 Cup of the hot stock, continue stirring until all the liquid is absorbed.  Then continue in the same way, adding the stock in ladle full batches, and each time stirring until the liquid is absorbed before adding the next ladle. Continue doing this until the rice has begun to release its starches and becomes “creamy”, but still has a little bite left to it.
  6. Add the shrimp when you have 1 last batch of stock to add. By the time the rice has absorbed the stock the shrimp will be almost done, and will finish off cooking in the final resting time.
  7. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the rest of the butter and the coconut cream, cover and allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  8. Stir the cilantro just prior to serving.
  9. Garnish with the coconut shavings and wedges of lime when serving.

Adapted from Couscous & Consciousness



Check out all the other great Secret Recipe Club posts this month!

And be sure to check out my 4 years of Secret Recipe Club posts!!!!


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About iamahoneybee

Mom to Autumn and Hunter, Wife to Price. Rabbit and Boston Terrier owner. Former Bostonian soaking up the Florida Sun. Home cook messing around with a little bit of this and a little bit of that. You'll find me most often with my phone in hand wearing my uniform of a Tunic with leggings rocking some Sperry's. A bit of prep mixed with bourbon and a foul mouth.
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11 Responses to Shrimp & Curried Coconut Risotto- SRC

  1. sallybr says:

    Love a joke, so thanks for the laugh! I loved your choice for this month, coconut and shrimp is a match made in heaven, and it’s pretty nice to bring them together in risotto form!



  2. spiffycookie says:

    I’m not a fan of shrimp but man that risotto on it’s own looks wonderful!


  3. What a great addition this will make to my Fish Friday recipes. Thanks for sharing.


  4. hapatite says:

    I love curry in the colder months — there are so many different kinds and the spices are so comforting.


  5. I don’t even want to know what our vacuum leaves behind!

    Your choice is amazing and looks super delicious! I’ve never made risotto, and need to do something about that!


  6. The flavor combinations sound so good!


  7. lk529 says:

    Haha love your vacuum story. I’ve got a Dyson, have had it for over 5 years, but it’s starting to crap out on me…. 😦
    Your risotto looks so pretty, by the way.


  8. Oh this looks like the perfect cold weather dish. I love curry so I would be adding some more. Of course this is always the great debate out my house because my husband isn’t a fan.


  9. Tara says:

    Oh yum, such an interesting risotto! The flavor combination sounds perfect.


  10. Patricia @ Grab a Plate says:

    Hahaha! I personally love the corny jokes! Now this dish is no joke! It looks so good – what great flavors!


  11. Elaine says:

    this is a great recipe-will try even though I haven’t had much luck with risotto. xo


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