Yai’s Thai Coconut Curry Recipe: Best 5 Variations

Yai’s Thai Coconut Curry Recipe starts with a pound of medium or large raw shrimp that have been cleaned and deveined.

They are pounded with salt and pepper to coat; then, all the other ingredients are mixed in a saucepan on low-medium heat.

Once the sauce starts to boil, it is mixed in a blender and cook for about 5 minutes on high-high heat until golden brown.

The updated version also includes a recipe for Thai Spring Rolls inspired by the classic French croissant rolls.

How to make Yai’s Thai Coconut Curry Recipe


  • 2 pounds of medium or large raw shrimp
  • ½ tsp salt, plus more for seasoning
  • ¼ tsp black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • Ingredients for the dipping sauce:
  • 4 cups coconut milk (may substitute heavy cream)
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce (more or less to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar (white or brown)
  • 1½ Tbsp lime juice (or lemon juice)


Step 1: Pound the shrimp with a pinch each of salt and pepper. Place in a bowl and set aside.

Step 2: Combine all the other ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan. Mix on low to medium heat until boiling.

Step 3: Mix sauce with shrimp in a blender, add the shrimp stock and purée for about 5 minutes on high-high.  

Step 4: This helps the curry go into a paste form, like the kind you can use to make curry pastes. This can be done in batches if you have a small blender.

Step 5: Add the sauce to a saucepan and cook on medium-high heat until it turns light gold.

Yai's Thai Coconut Curry Recipe
Yai’s Thai Coconut Curry Recipe

Step 6: Garnish with cilantro, scallions, and lime wedges, and serve over jasmine rice.

How to prepare time?

This will take about 15 minutes to prep and 30 minutes to cook.

Nutrition facts of Yai’s Thai Coconut Curry Recipe

Amount Per Serving (serving size: 1 cup of curry)

  • Calories 612
  • Total Fat 20.5g
  • Saturated Fat 39.1g
  • Cholesterol 161mg
  • Sodium 1457mg
  • Carbohydrates 50.4g
  • Dietary Fiber 0.8g
  • Sugars 30.4g
  • Protein 33.

Health Benefits of Yai’s Thai Coconut Curry Recipe

In addition to being a flavorful dish, this recipe provides us with some significant health benefits. For example, shrimp is rich in calcium and protein.

It also contains high omega-3 fatty acids that help protect the heart against diseases. Moreover, coconut milk contains vitamins and minerals such as zinc, calcium, potassium, iron, and vitamins A and E. Sodium is a major nutrient with many health benefits.

Best 5 Variations for Yai’s Thai Coconut Curry Recipe

1. Substitute peeled shrimp with lobster tails.

2. Add small chunks of tofu or chicken instead of shrimp.

Yai's Thai Coconut Curry Recipe
Yai’s Thai Coconut Curry Recipe

3. Use jalapeño chilies instead of green bell peppers for added spiciness.

4. Add baby corn, fish cake, sweet pork, or shiitake mushrooms for a unique flavor and texture. 

5. Serve the curry over jasmine rice, quinoa, or basmati rice for added fiber and nutrients.

Yai Thai Curry review

I was invited to try out a private cooking class with Yai’s Thai Coconut Curry Recipe a while back. His cooking class is open to the public, but only on certain dates.

The scheduled dates are posted in the gift shop so you can plan your trip around that time. He also offers private cooking classes for groups of 2 – 4 people. There is no fee for this, so you have nothing to lose!

Yai’s Thai Red Coconut Curry recipe

My personal favorite of his recipes, Yai’s Thai Red Coconut Curry, is packed with flavor. It has a nice balance between sweet, sour, and spicy.

The only thing missing from this recipe is the garnish that sets this dish apart from other curries.

I suggest you garnish with papaya or some sliced tomatoes on the side for a nice presentation and added flavor!

Yai’s Thai Coconut Curry Chicken

The ingredients for this recipe are very similar to the ingredients for Yai’s Thai Coconut Curry Recipe Thai Red Coconut Curry. This recipe has a little more kick to it.

And a lot more coconut flavor! I think it would go great with some seafood like shrimp, scallops, or crawfish.

Yai’s Thai Curry Beef Revisited

In this video, Chef Yai shows us how to cook his version of a curry beef dish inspired by his favorite dish in the United States: Los Angeles Chicken and Waffles.

Yai’s Thai Coconut Curry Recipe takes a little time because you must brown the beef and then simmer it in a coconut curry sauce.

Because the beef is browned on the stove-top for about 2 minutes, it is important to use a flat-bottomed pan that can cook evenly.

Yai’s Thai Curry Pineapple Chicken

Here we get to see Chef Yai cook his version of our favorite Thai dish: pineapple chicken. I am always a fan of his pineapple chicken because it is sweet, creamy, and spicy. 


If you are looking for an exciting new adventure or activity to keep your mind busy while on vacation, I highly suggest trying this cooking class.

Yai’s Thai Coconut Curry Recipe is an interactive experience where you learn not only the history and background of Thai food but also how to make some amazing Thai dishes that you can take home with you! I hope this article helps you choose the right experience for your trip.

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