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Tomato Coconut Shrimp – Instant Pot Easy Shrimp Curry

When you need an immediate and effortless dinner, shrimp is the way to go. It’s cooks quickly and is very versatile. Tomato Coconut Shrimp – Instant Pot Easy Shrimp Curry is yummy, healthy and really easy to make.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian Food
Servings 4


  • 1 pound shrimp, (large frozen and deveined) (31-40 count per pound, or whatever you prefer)
  • 2 tbsp oil of choice
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds  (jeera)
  • 2 tbsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 3/4 cup water (divided)
  • 1.5 tbsp ground coriander   (dhaniya powder)
  • 1 tsp  ground cumin    (jeera powder)
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 medium tomatoes, pureed (1 cup pureed)
  • 1/2 cup dried desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 serrano pepper, slit but still intact (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped  (for garnish)



  • In order to thaw the frozen shrimp, I placed them in a bowl of cold tap water in the sink and kept the water running gently for 5 minutes. When thawed pat the shrimp dry with a napkin.
  • Rinse and slit the serrano pepper and the cilantro and set aside.


  • Select sauté on the instant pot and adjust to normal. Add oil to the pot. Let the oil heat up, then add cumin seeds.
  • Add 2 tablespoons Kashmiri chili powder along with 1/4 cup water. Give it a good stir.
  • In addition, add in 1.5 tbsp ground coriander, 1 tsp ground cumin,  and 1 and ½ tsp salt. Give it a good stir. Let the spices sauté for 30 seconds. Keep stirring.
  • Add the pureed tomato and let it sauté for 2 minutes to let the raw tomato odor out.
  • After 2 minutes, add in 1/2 cup water. Give it a good stir. Finally, gently add shrimp and make sure it is soaked in the liquid.
  • Press cancel. Close the lid and select manual/high pressure for 2 minutes.
  • When done quick release the pressure and open the lid right away. Last but not the least, select sauté, add garam masala, serrano pepper, desiccated coconut, and stir gently. Let it sauté for a minute until it boils. Press cancel, garnish with cilantro and serve over steamed rice.
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