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Massaman Shrimp with Thai Chiles - Recipe

Massaman shrimp is a spicy Thai dish recipe made with seared shrimp, Thai and Serrano chili peppers, coconut milk, Massaman chili paste, and more. One of my favorites.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Chinese
Keyword: massaman, noodle bowl, shrimp
Servings: 4
Calories: 471kcal


  • 1 tablespoon chili oil
  • 2 small golden potatoes diced
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 1-2 Serrano chili peppers chopped
  • 1-2 Thai chili peppers chopped
  • 10 large pieces of shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons spicy chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Massaman chili paste
  • 6 ounces Belgian style wheat beer
  • 1 13- ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups broad egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Chopped cilantro for topping


  • Heat a large pan or wok to medium heat and add chili oil.
  • Add potatoes and cook about 5 minutes to soften.
  • Add onions and peppers and cook another 5 minutes, or until onion is cooked through. Set potatoes, peppers and onions aside.
  • Add shrimp and sprinkle with salt, pepper and chili powder. Cook about 4 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through. Set shrimp aside with potato/pepper/onion mixture.
  • To the hot pan, add chili paste and cook about 3 minutes.
  • Add beer and bring to a boil. Allow to reduce by about half.
  • Add coconut milk, chicken broth and noodles. Stir. Cook about 10 minutes, or until noodles absorb the liquids and get nice and soft to your preference.
  • Return potatoes, peppers, onions and shrimp to the pan and stir. Heat to warm everything together.
  • Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in brown sugar, lime juice and fish sauce.
  • Serve to bowls and top with cilantro.


Try this homemade harissa chili paste recipe as a substitute for the Massaman paste.


Calories: 471kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 1138mg | Potassium: 976mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1200IU | Vitamin C: 24.8mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 6.7mg