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Harissa Shrimp Coconut Rice

Harissa Shrimp with Coconut Rice

Recipe Blog Post

Ingredients for Shrimp


1 lb medium to large shrimp

1-2 teaspoons Harissa Spice mix * (based on taste and level of heat desired)

1-2 teaspoons garlic powder

½ teaspoon onion powder

Chopped lemon zest (from half a lemon)

2 tablespoon Single Estate Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO), plus additional for sautéing

Lemon wedges to serve


Preparation of Shrimp


Mix the harissa, garlic and onion powders together in a large bowl, add the lemon zest and EVOO and mix well. Add the shrimp and toss to coat the shrimp, add a little additional oil if needed. Leave for 10 minutes


Heat additional 2-3 tablespoons of EVOO in a large skillet. Add the shrimp in one layer (not overlapping or piled on each other, you may need to do this in a couple of batches depending on the size of your skillet). Cook for 2 minutes, and flip. Cook for an additional 2 minutes until shrimp are curled and cooked through


Serve with coconut rice and lemon wedges.


Serves 4




*Making Harissa Spice Mix

½ cup dried chilies, chopped

2 tablespoons O&V Smoked Paprika

2 tablespoons cumin seeds

2 tablespoons coriander seeds

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 tablespoon kosher salt


Toast the cumin and coriander seeds in a dry pan over low to medium heat until fragrant.

Remove from the heat and using a mortar and pestle, grind into a powder with the dried chilies. Add the remaining ingredients, mix thoroughly and store in an airtight container


You can buy also Harissa spice mix at many grocery stores, I personally love the version at Spice and Tea Exchange. Visit our friends at our local Greenville SC store and let them know Chef Veera sent you!


Ingredients for Coconut Rice


2 tablespoons Single Estate Olive Oil

1 cup rice

1 cup light coconut milk*

1 cup water

1 clove of garlic, minced


Preparation of Coconut Rice


Rinse the rice until the water runs clear. Drain well and pat with a paper towel to remove excess water.

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan. Add the rice and minced garlic. Sauté till fragrant, about 2 minutes.

Add the water, and coconut milk and stir. Bring to boil, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Simmer until the rice is cooked, and liquid absorbed – about 18-20 minutes.


Serve hot with a garnish of cilantro leaves.


Serves 3-4



* Regular coconut milk tastes amazing and rich in this recipe, but I like to use light coconut milk. It provides all the flavor without an oily residue but primarily I like it for the nutritional values – regular coconut milk has more than double the amount of fat and more saturated fats than the light version.




Categories: Entrees, Seafood, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Shrimp, Harissa, Paprika, Coconut, Rice, Coconut Milk. Thai

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  • Erin
    September 10, 2020

    This is a super quick and easy weeknight meal. Took me no time to cook, although I did use a store bought Harissa that I had leftover from another meal. Delicious and quick!

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