Quick Spiced Shrimp with Garam Masala

Prep Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins

Transform marinara into an Indian-style simmer sauce for shrimp with the help of garam masala, fresh ginger, and scallions. Serve atop steamed couscous for a quick yet satisfying weeknight dinner.


  • 2 tablespoons safflower oil or ghee

  • 1 pound peeled and deveined large shrimp

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 teaspoons garam masala

  • 1 cup diced onion

  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

  • 1 ½ cups Marinara or store-bought marinara

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

  • Steamed couscous or long-grain rice, for serving

  • Thinly sliced scallions, for serving


  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Season shrimp with salt and pepper; sprinkle with garam masala. Add to skillet in a single layer and cook, flipping once, until opaque, about 3 minutes; transfer to a plate.

  2. Reduce heat to medium; add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and swirl to coat. Add onion and ginger; cook, stirring, until onion is tender, about 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add marinara; simmer until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in cream and shrimp with any accumulated juices. Season with salt and pepper. Serve over couscous, topped with scallions.

    Sidney Bensimon
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