The part of the world we are cooking from this week is Jamaica. My family (other than myself) just is not happy when I don’t make something that is not meat and potatoes. Well, Grumpy isn’t happy….but this time, even Chris wasn’t all that happy. It probably didn’t help that the evening I made this I wasn’t feeling my best also. I came home from work with high hopes. You see, Grumpy loves the Shrimp in coconut cream sauce at one of the Chinese places in this area. So, when I saw the recipe on Jamaican Recipes I thought I had maybe found something nobody would complain about because it had Shrimp and potatoes in the recipe….(I am rolling my eyes here because I was wrong). When Grumpy saw the shrimp in the colander his words were “must be we aren’t having anything with substance tonight.” Sigh. Its so hard being someone who would rather eat light mainly vegetarian meals and try to please someone who is totally meat and potatoes.

Everyone ate dinner – basically because I think they felt bad. I really wasn’t feeling well and here I was trying to fix dinner that nobody was crazy about after they saw it. LOL. Poor, poor, pitiful me. Grumpy did say it wasn’t too bad, but he got a piece of pepper that really threw some heat into the dish for him. he he serves him right for not making nice comments about what I was making! After I felt a little better I was able to eat my dinner. I personally liked it and if I could be guaranteed others would eat it – then I would make it again. I added salt and sugar to taste to the recipe because when I tasted it, it seemed way too bland (yeah, even with that curry in there!) – unless you got a bite of the pepper itself!

Shrimp in Coconut Cream Sauce
1 lb large shrimp, peeled & deveined and pre-cooked
4 med. red-skin potatoes, diced
½ cup chopped onions
3 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon curry powder
3 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup diced tomatoes
1 cup coconut milk/cream
2 teaspoon paprika
2 stalks scallion, chopped in small pieces
1 teaspoon thyme leaves
2 dried red chilis, chopped finely
½ cup walnuts (optional) (I opted to not use the walnuts)
12 ounces fresh or frozen peeled and deveined shrimp


Warm oil on medium heat.
Add potatoes and saute over low heat until just barely tender, stirring constantly.
Then add onions, and scallion and let that saute until onions are transparent.
Add garlic, paprika, parsley and curry powder.
Continue to cook over *low* heat for 3 mins, stirring constantly.
Add the coconut cream, thyme and tomatoes, and cook for 3 mins on medium heat – stir often, to prevent coconut milk from drying out.(I actually added more coconut milk than it called for so we would have more sauce – because I love sauce like this…)
Finally, add the shrimp and cook for another 5 mins (until shrimp is tenderly cooked).

Now, there was some lovin’ going on in the house that night. Since I lost my baby Peabody we did get a new family member. His official name is Rudy Rut-ton. I have to say that since Rudy came home and after he was here a couple of days Chubby finally shut up. He missed Peabody so much that he was constantly following us around the house from room to room meowing to NO END. Chubby and Rudy now are best buds as you can see from the photos below!

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Barbara Bakes August 23, 2008 at 5:44 am - Reply

    I can really relate to this post. I get bored with the same old meals, but not my hubby.

  2. Natashya August 23, 2008 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Hooray for Jamaican Coconut Shrimp Curry! I assure you that if I was there I would have cleaned my bowl. It sounds warm and satisfying. Any crusty bread to go with it?
    I am with you on seasonings, I usually have to ramp them up – especially the salt.

  3. Susie Homemaker August 23, 2008 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    How can Grumpy be so grumpy about SHRIMP?? One of these weeks we will have to go to, say, Argentina, so that he can have a big fat steak and some potatoes…although how creative is that?
    Oh well – at least the kitties are feeling the love. 🙂

  4. sefa firdaus August 23, 2008 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    If Grumpy don’t want to eat shrimp, I’ll be happy to take his part 😀

    Those kitties are cute. I’m also a cat lover, only here in Germany is hard to have a pet animal, especially for a poor student like me *LOL*

  5. noble pig August 24, 2008 at 1:46 am - Reply

    Oh Grumpy, maybe we can call you shrimpy! Would that make you mad? Come on Grumpy, shrimp is good!

  6. Carrie August 24, 2008 at 2:26 pm - Reply

    Awwww, glad the kitties are getting along so well!

    And everything is yummy when you put it in coconut milk.

  7. SaraLynn August 24, 2008 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Hey there!
    I am back from summer break 🙂
    i love your new look here!!

    And this dish looks great! You can come and make it for me and the family 🙂

    How have you been? Hope you had a great summer!
    Talk to you soon,

  8. Susie August 24, 2008 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Hmmph… That Grumpy! I’m with everybody else, I’ll eat his share! LOL

    I’m glad to see your kitties getting’ along – I caught our big kitty cleaning the baby’s (he has been her about 10 months, but he is still the baby!) ears. It was so cute, because usually the old fat cat just ignores him.

  9. Jenny August 25, 2008 at 5:22 am - Reply

    Oh Shelby,
    There are so many picky ones aren’t there! Too bad, this dish looks really interesting. I’m game for anything with coconut oil in it. I think it’s great you are trying all of these exotic cuisines! I love to follow you adventures!

  10. Prudy August 25, 2008 at 1:11 pm - Reply

    It looks delicious to me, but boy the crowd can be tough. We have a coupld or people around here that opt for a bowl of cereal or toast on such nights.

  11. Clumbsy Cookie August 25, 2008 at 10:56 pm - Reply

    Oh well those picky eaters II! I mean, shrimp and coconut! What’s not to like!!!

  12. Kevin August 27, 2008 at 1:47 am - Reply

    I think this shrimp with coconut sauce sounds really good!

  13. Bellini Valli August 28, 2008 at 12:04 pm - Reply

    You gave it a good shot and you can’t please everybody 100% of the time. To me the coconut curry sounds amazing with shrimp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Glad also to hear that the kitties are accepting each other as well:D

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