Panang Curry with Prawns

Panang Curry with Prawns

I recently had this at an Oriental Restaurant and instantly fell in love with it. Panang Curry is also called Penang Curry and is a good variation of Thai Red Curry. I use the readymade Thai Red Curry Paste along with peanut butter to make a deliciously sublime coconut-based curry that is so tasty that you can keep having it. Do try my easy recipe:

panang curry prawns

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Panang Curry with Prawns

Penang Curry or Panang Curry is a curry that has its origins in Thailand/Malaysia. It is really delicious and mildly spiced. Goes very well with rice.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Thai
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rachna Parmar


  • 500 gms. prawns
  • 1/2 cup prawn stock or chicken stock or water
  • 2 tbsp. Thai red curry paste
  • 1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 400 ml. coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce or oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp. palm sugar or jaggery
  • 3 tbsp. peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. toasted peanuts for garnish
  • 1 green capsicum chopped
  • chopped coriander leaves for garnish
  • salt to taste


  1. Peel and devein the prawns. Use the heads and shells to make a stock. Keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a pan.
  3. Add Thai red curry paste and tumeric and fry for a minute.
  4. Now add peanut butter and mix well. Cook for 2 minutes more.
  5. Add coconut milk, fish sauce, sugar and salt.
  6. Add the prawn stock or water along with chopped capsicum and cook the sauce well.
  7. Now add the prawns and cook for a couple of minutes more. Taste and adjust seasoning.
  8. Garnish with roasted peanuts and coriander leaves.
  9. Serve hot with jasmine rice or any other boiled rice.

Recipe Notes

You can make the same recipe with chicken or tofu
You can add red chilli powder or sliced red chillies if you like it spicy.
Prawn stock adds more depth of flavour but if you don't have it just use veg stock or water.
You can use any vegetables in place of capsicum.

panang curry prawns

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8 thoughts on “Panang Curry with Prawns

    1. Oh yes! I still remember the Rendang curry we had and that pakchoy leaves chicken momos. I made something similar with cabbage leaves the other day. When are we meeting next, Naba? 🙂

  1. This looks delicious. I tried to make Thai curry once and it just didn’t turn out right. In fact I’ve never used coconut milk in my cooking. I do love restaurant bought Thai curry.

    1. It’s actually really easy. You should try it with tofu or paneer. Prawns are anyway added towards the end. If you have the ingredients it is worth trying out at home especially as you love Thai.

  2. At home I can try the veg version of this. Anything with peanuts and I’m sold 🙂

    You need to invite me for lunch/dinner some day, Rachna. You certainly know to cook my favorites 🙂

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