Shrimp is a favorite food for many people in India, and there are many Indian shrimp recipes from different regions in India. From delicious curries to zesty appetizer recipes, you will find the best Indian prawn recipes here!

Shrimp Masala/Prawns masala curry in a pan garnished with cilantro leaves
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In India, we usually use prawns, while in the US and UK, shrimp is more popular for cooking purposes. However, they can both be used interchangeably in most recipes.

Let’s see the differences and similarities between prawns and shrimp and also find the best Indian dishes made with them.

Shrimp Vs. Prawns

Both shrimp and prawns are part of the crustacean family. There are some differences in anatomy and size between them.

Shrimp is typically 1-6 inches in size, while prawns can be larger, even up to 10 inches long. Shrimp have two pairs of claws, while prawns have three.

The main reason why prawns are popular in India and other Asian countries may be because prawns are usually found in the Atlantic Ocean. Shrimp is usually found in warmer seas near the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean.

That said, it is great that you can use either one interchangeably for cooking purposes. You won’t notice much difference in taste or texture; they are even similar in nutritional content.

Indian Shrimp Appetizers

Rava Fried Prawns

fried prawns with lime, tomato and onion on side in a pan

Fresh and juicy prawns are marinated in spicy masala and then coated with semolina and shallow fried to perfection on low flame. Serve them as a party starter or as a side dish with rice and curry.

Tandoori Prawns

Tandoori Prawns served on a platter with chutney
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Tandoori Prawns are grilled shrimp skewers loaded with bold Indian flavors. They are perfect for enjoying at barbecue parties. These juicy, grilled Tandoori Prawns pair perfectly with mint cilantro chutney.

Chilli Prawns

garlic chili prawns in a serving plate

Indo-Chinese chili prawns can be served as an appetizer or a side with fried rice or noodles. This delicious combination of prawns and bell peppers, with Chinese sauces, is super flavorful.

Prawn Fry

crispy prawn fry in a serving plate with banana leaf

The classic Andhra recipe made with shrimp or prawns, Royalla Vepudu, aka Prawn Fry, can be made in less than 20 minutes. It works great as a starter for a party or as a side with rice.

Indian Shrimp Curries

Shrimp Masala

Shrimp/Prawn Masala curry served over rice

Tasty and tender shrimp masala is cooked in a rustic Indian sauce made with onions, tomatoes, and aromatics such as ginger, garlic, and spices. 

Make this authentic Indian curry with shrimp or prawns in 30 minutes, and enjoy it with naan or rice!

Kerala Prawn Roast

Kerala Prawn Roast in a serving plate side with rice, lime and juice

This prawn roast is packed with spices and tastes great with rice or Indian flatbreads. It is made by frying marinated prawns and then sauteed in a spicy sauce. The tip for making perfect prawns? Do not overcook them.

Coconut Shrimp Curry

Shrimp curry made in the instant pot served in a bowl with rice.

Easy and Flavorful Coconut Shrimp Curry that can be made in just 20 minutes. This is the simple Indian shrimp curry made with ginger, garlic, onions, and tomatoes cooked in flavorful spices and finished with coconut milk. Pair this low-carb curry with rice for a perfect experience.

Malabar Prawn Curry

keralan prawn curry garnished with curry leaves in a bowl side with rice and lemons slice

This is a popular seafood curry from the Malabar region of Kerala. This delicious Malabar Prawn curry is spicy, sour, hot, sweet, and tangy all at the same time.

Prawn Thokku

prawn thokku in wooden bowl with ladle on side

Prawn Thokku is a deliciously spicy and tangy dish from Tamil Nadu in South India. Prawns are cooked in an onion–tomato spicy masala gravy. Enjoy this with rice for a wonderful meal.

Prawn Moilee

prawns moilee in a white bowl

Prawns moilee is a curry made with coconut milk, spices, and prawns. This curry hails from the Kerala region. Mainly made with fish fillets, but can also be made with prawns, which are known as chemeen in Kerala.

Prawn Balchao

Prawns balchao in a serving bowl with rice on side

Prawns Balchao is a spicy dish from Goa in India. Prawns are stir-fried, then added to a pickled curry sauce to create this mouthwatering dish.

Butter Prawn

butter prawn in a pan side with chilli, onion and ladle.

Prawns are cooked in a velvety, aromatic Makhani gravy, similar to butter chicken. Serve it with plain steamed rice, roti, or paratha for a satisfying dinner.

Goan Prawn Curry

goan prawn curry with rice in a white bowl

Goan Prawn Curry with Coconut is a spicy, sour curry from Goa called Ambot Tik. This curry can be made in under 30 minutes. Serve this with steamed rice, and you have a truly satisfying meal!

Prawn Gassi

Prawn Gassi (Mangalorean style shrimp curry) served with rice in a wooden bowl. Next to it is a stack of kapparuttis (dosas) and a black bowl with shrimp curry

Authentic and flavorful, this Mangalorean-style shrimp curry (Prawn gassi) is a wonderful gastronomic experience.  Serve it over steamed rice or with dosas.

Prawn and Mango Curry with Coconut Milk

prawn and mango curry with rice in a pan

This Indian prawn and mango curry is loosely based on a Kerelan chemmeen manga curry, and it all cooks in under half an hour. Serve with steamed rice for an authentic experience.

Indian Shrimp Rice Dishes

Goan Prawn Pulao With Coconut Milk

goan prawn pulao in a white serving plate

Goan prawn pulao is a quick and easy Indian rice recipe made with shrimp and coconut milk. This mildly spiced pulao recipe with prawns is kid- friendly too.

Prawn Biryani

prawn biryani in a serving bowl with slice lemon and spoon

Prawn Biryani is a delightful restaurant-style layered prawn dum biryani recipe. It is a simple, easy, and fragrant rice dish with shrimp that your entire family will enjoy.

I hope you enjoy these Indian shrimp recipes. Whether it is an appetizer, entree, or rice, you will find the best Indian prawn recipes in this list. In the comments, share which one is your favorite!

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. What a wonderful collection of Prawn recipes Meeta. We’re going to enjoy trying some of them, though it will have to be “shrimp” for us. Miss those Indian Ocean prawns.
    One note, as I’m Goan, Prawn Balchao is more of a condiment, side, like a chutney, and usually of a thicker texture, with finely chopped prawns. It makes great sandwiches and filler for pastry snacks. But I’m going to try your recipe.

    1. Hi – Glad you liked the recipe collection. Thank you for sharing more about Prawn Balchao. Always learning!