Easy and Flavorful Coconut Shrimp Curry made in the Pressure Cooker in just 20 minutes. This is the simple Indian shrimp curry made with ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes along with flavorful spices, and finished with coconut milk. Pair this curry with rice for a perfect experience. Gluten-free, Paleo, and Low carb!

Coconut Shrimp Curry Instant Pot

This is one of the easiest Indian shrimp recipes to make when you want to impress someone and have less time to cook. The second reason also makes it a perfect dish for a weekday in just 20 minutes.

While the curry was cooking, I cooked white rice on the stovetop (can be done in a second instant pot or rice cooker), and dinner was served in no time.

If you like Indian coconut-based curries, check out my Coconut Chicken Curry and Coconut Chickpea Curry recipes!

Are you ready for this delicious Shrimp Curry? Let’s get started!

How to make Coconut Shrimp Curry in the Pressure Cooker?

The main thing to note in this recipe is that Shrimp cooks very quickly, so we will use the low-pressure setting in the electric pressure cooker (instant pot in my case).

We will cook the shrimp for 3 minutes on low pressure and then quick release the pressure manually to get perfectly cooked shrimp.

I used tail-on deveined large raw frozen shrimp that I got from Costco. If you use a smaller size shrimp, decrease the cooking time.

Coconut Shrimp Curry in the pot ready to be cooked

The base of this curry is the same as many other Indian curries, with ginger, garlic, onions, and tomatoes. I also add very basic spices, which you will have in your pantry if you have done Indian cooking before.

I have also provided links to Amazon for the spices if you are new to them. However, I highly recommend finding the nearest Indian grocery store for a much cheaper price.

I add coconut milk to the curry to give it a creamier texture. Use full-fat coconut milk for the best results.

Coconut Shrimp Curry cooked in Instant Pot

That said, even with the very simple preparation, this curry is such a flavor bomb with shrimp, similar to my shrimp masala recipe. This is a must-try!

Garnish with some lime juice and cilantro, and enjoy over rice!

Coconut Shrimp Curry Pressure Cooker

Doesn’t the curry look gorgeous? I am ready to eat this again, it is so easy to make!

Looking for more seafood instant pot recipes, check out this delicious Salmon Tikka Masala.

Coconut Shrimp Curry in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

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Coconut Shrimp Curry – Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

Delicious and easy Coconut Shrimp Curry made in the Pressure Cooker in just 20 minutes. This is a simple Indian shrimp curry made with ginger, garlic, onions, tomatoes along with flavorful spices, and finished with coconut milk.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 lb Shrimp , deveined tail-on, frozen (about 25-30)
  • 1 tablespoon Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Seeds (Rai)
  • 1 Green chili pepper , slit in 2 pieces
  • 1 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon Ginger, minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon Garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Tomato , chopped
  • 1/4 can Coconut Milk , (~3.5 oz) full-fat
  • 1 tablespoon Lime juice
  • 1/4 cup Cilantro , to garnish



  • Start the instant pot in Sauté mode and let it heat. Add oil, mustard seeds and let them sizzle. 
  • Add green chili, onions, ginger and garlic. Sauté for about 5 minutes until the onions turn golden brown. 
  • Add tomato and spices. Mix and let it sauté for 2-3 minutes.  
  • Add coconut milk and shrimp to the pot. Stir and press cancel. Close lid with vent in sealing position.
    Coconut Shrimp Curry in the pot ready to be cooked
  • Start the instant pot in Manual or Pressure cook mode at low pressure for 3 minutes. 
  • When the instant pot beeps, quick release the pressure manually.  
  • Stir in the lime juice and garnish with cilantro. Coconut Shrimp Curry is ready to be served. Enjoy with rice. 
    Coconut Shrimp Curry cooked in Instant Pot
  • Tip: Take the steel insert out of the instant pot, so the curry is not cooking more from residual heat. 


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  • I used large raw deveined tail-on shrimp that were frozen for this recipe. If using smaller or already thawed shrimp, reduce pressure cooking time.   
  • We add less liquid in this curry as instant pot retains the liquid and less is needed to cook. If you like, you can add 1/4 cup coconut milk after the curry is cooked. The curry does get thicker as you refrigerate it. 
  • Which Green chili to use? I typically use Thai, Birdeye or Serrano Chili Pepper in my recipes. Don’t forget to adjust to your taste. 
  • This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Programmable Pressure Cooker.


Calories: 226kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 24gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 285mgSodium: 1222mgPotassium: 289mgFiber: 1gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 480IUVitamin C: 16.8mgCalcium: 182mgIron: 3.7mg

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Low Carb, Nut-free, Paleo
Tried this recipe?Mention @pipingpotcurry or tag #pipingpotcurry!

About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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  1. This was phenomenal, can’t say enough good about it. Paired it with yellow rice and Garlic Naan. The hit of the weekend. Thanks so much.

  2. Hi – for this recipe and your egg curry, is there any change in cook times if I double the recipe? Can the instapot handle that?

    1. Hi Urvashi – yes, you can double the recipe in a 6qt instant pot for both. The pressure cooking time will remain the same.

  3. By how much would you reduce the pressure cooking time for already thawed shrimp? Half?

    Also any adjustments if using whole shrimp?

    1. Hi Ted – I suggest to pressure cook on low pressure for 2 minutes for thawed shrimp. Hope you enjoy the curry!

  4. This was another great recipe. I changed it up a little though. I used whole can of coconut and added little bit of water and after manually releasing the pressure I put back on sauté mode as you suggested which thickened up the gravy much more. Overall, it was a fantastic dish!

  5. Instead of an InstaPot, I chose to use a sauté pan. Sauce turned out nice, not too watery after a brief period on a low simmer. I also used thawed shrimp which decreased the cooking time.

  6. Delicious but the sauce came out far too watery. I followed the recipe and added the coconut milk before putting the lid. How can the sauce be thickened?

    1. Hi Izzy – Sorry to hear the curry was not as thick. I use full-fat coconut milk in the recipe, just in case they would make a difference. You can also just put it on sauté for a minute, and the milk coconut milk thickens quickly. I know we want to make sure to not overcook the shrimp, so just a minute or two would be good. Hope that helps!

    1. Hi Kal – I have not tried, but I think the recipe will work fine with tail off shrimp too. Hope you enjoy the curry!

  7. Hello, thank you for the recipe. I tried it tonight and while the shrimp cooked perfectly, I found that the curry looked slightly curdled and non-homogenous. Any thoughts on how to improve this? Otherwise, the taste was good.

    1. Hi Rebecca – Glad you enjoyed the taste. If the coconut milk is curdling under pressure. You can skip adding the coconut milk before pressure cooking, and add 1/4 cup water. Then add the coconut milk after pressure cooking.

      1. Great recipe. I put in full fat unsweetened coconut milk after pressure cook was done and it didn’t curdle. I did add a little water before starting pressure cook to prevent burn. I wonder how coconut cream would do and what is difference between coconut cream and milk,