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A bowl of Indian Shrimp and Rice.

Indian Shrimp and Rice

  • Author: RebeccaBlackwell
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


Shrimp sauced in an Indian spiced marinara cream sauce and served over rice will be on the table in about 30 minutes. 


  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 1/4 cup plain, unsweetened yogurt
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 tsp garam masala, divided
  • 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 3 teaspoons of minced garlic, divided
  • 1 1/2 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined, thawed if frozen
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions


  1. Cook the rice according to the package instructions.
  2. Add the yogurt, cumin, paprika, 2 tsp of the garam masala, lime juice, salt, ground ginger, and 2 teaspoons of the garlic to a bowl and stir to mix. Add the shrimp and toss to coat all the shrimp completely in the sauce. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes, and up to 1 hour.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy bottomed saucepan set over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the grated ginger, remaining clove of minced garlic, and remaining teaspoon of garam masala, and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute more.
  4. Stir in the marinara sauce and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 5-10 minutes. Stir in the heavy cream.
  5. Remove from the heat and stir in the shrimp and its marinade. Cover the saucepan and let sit for about 5 minutes to let the shrimp cook through. Test one of the shrimp for doneness - the exterior should be pink and the flesh will be slightly opaque and slightly white.
  6. Add the rice to a serving bowl. Spoon the shrimp over the rice, top with the chopped scallions, and serve.


Serving Suggestion:

Indian Shrimp and Rice is delicious served with dollops of homemade labneh

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Seafood
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: shrimp, Indian Recipe, shrimp and rice, Indian food, dinner recipe, easy dinner recipe, fast recipe