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Curried shrimp and Japanese sweet potato stir-fry

Curried shrimp and Japanese sweet potato stir-fry

Paleo Gluten Free Dairy Free Soy Free

Shrimp and sweet potatoes may seem like an unlikely pairing but it's a classic flavor mashup in many Asian kitchens. The sweet, tender flesh of the purple-skinned potatoes soak up the coconut curry and make excellent foil for the tender shrimp.


  • 1 Japanese sweet potato
  • 1-2 celery ribs
  • 1-2 shallots
  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1-2 baby bok choy
  • 1 teaspoon red curry paste
  • 10 ounces wild gulf shrimp
  • ½ cup coconut milk
  • Stir-fry sauce (mirin - rice vinegar)
  • Small bunch fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons toasted cashews



Prep the vegetables

  • Peel the sweet potato. Cut into half-moon slices about ¼-inch thick.
  • Cut the celery into thin diagonal slices.
  • Peel and chop the shallots.
  • Cut the ginger into thin matchstick strips.
  • Cut the bok choy into 1-inch pieces.


Cook the sweet potato

In a frying pan, warm 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until hot but not smoking. Add the sweet potatoes, season with salt and cook just until tender, 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan.


Make the stir-fry

If the pan seems dry, add 1 to 2 teaspoons oil, then add the celery, shallots and ginger. Season with salt and cook, stirring often, until the celery begins to soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the curry paste and shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shrimp are pink and cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the coconut milk, the stir-fry sauce, and ¼ cup water and cook 2 minutes longer. Add the sweet potato and the bok choy and toss to coat. Cook until the bok choy is just wilted, 2 to 4 minutes. Season with salt.



Tear the basil leaves into coarse pieces. Transfer the stir-fry to individual bowls. Garnish with the basil leaves and cashews.

Nutrition per serving: Calories: 610, Protein: 29 g, Total Fat: 32 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 18.5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4 g, Saturated Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 180 mg, Carbohydrates: 53 g, Fiber: 7 g, Added Sugar: 5 g, Sodium: 1120 mg

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