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Here is a new dish for shrimp to try. Indonesian curry brings a a spicy flavor to the table with a rich sauce. The sweet flavor of coconut with spicy curry and tamarind has a nice contrast of flavors. | ethnicspoon.com
5 from 14 votes

Indonesian Curried Noodles with Shrimp

A delicious dish of curry noodles accented with coconut milk, spices and fresh ginger. A perfect Indonesian dish to add an ethnic flair to your dinner table. 

Course Main dish
Cuisine Indonesian
Keyword coconut curry, noodle dishes, seafood
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 6 servings
Calories 419 kcal


  • 8 oz. rice noodles
  • 8 oz. shrimp deveined

Spice Mixture:

Fish Sauce Mixture:


  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped
  • cup peanuts chopped
  • 2 limes cut into wedges


  1. Prepare noodles according to package instructions and set aside. In order to prevent them from sticking, it is a good idea to rinse them in cold water. Leave them in the cold water until you are ready to use them. 

  2. In a small bowl combine curry, cumin, turmeric, coriander, and salt.
  3. Next, in another bowl combine tamarind paste, fish sauce, sugar, and lime juice.

  4. Heat oil in a wok on medium and saute shallots, garlic, and ginger until shallots are translucent.
  5. Add the coconut milk, and simmer for about 5 minutes.

  6. Add the spice mixture, stir, then add the shrimp and cook for about two minutes. Add the fish sauce mixture, and stir well.

  7. Add in the noodles and toss to coat evenly with the sauce.

  8. Sprinkle with cilantro, and peanuts.
  9. Serve with lime wedges.

Recipe Notes

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • How long can I store the Indonesian curry in the refrigerator? Once the dish has cooled you can store it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • How do I reheat the curried noodles? Reheat the noodles in the microwave for 2-3 minutes and stop to stir every 30-45 seconds until hot. Once reheated do not cool and store again in the refrigerator, consume it right away. So only reheat the amount you will consume.
  • Can I freeze the Indonesian curried noodles? No, the coconut milk will tend to split and separate when thawed and have an unpleasant texture.
  • How do I prepare the rice noodles if the package instructions are not written in English? Yep, I have seen that on many rice noodles available in the Asian markets. The method I use is to boil some water, pour this over the dry noodles to just submerge them in a large bowl. Let them sit for about 5 minutes or until al dente. Rinse them with cool water in a colander to stop the cooking process and set aside.


Nutrition Facts
Indonesian Curried Noodles with Shrimp
Amount Per Serving
Calories 419 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 95mg32%
Sodium 762mg33%
Potassium 310mg9%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 475IU10%
Vitamin C 15.3mg19%
Calcium 111mg11%
Iron 3.7mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.