Sautéed Shrimp with Turmeric and Mustard Seeds 12 Comments

Aug 16, 2011

I love it when the right combination of spices work to create a flavorful and unforgettable dish. Shrimp tastes magical and is transformed with spices. Turmeric adds a warm spicy taste and golden yellow color to the shrimp, while the chili powder adds depth and heat. Mustard seeds flavor is released when they hit the hot oil pan exuding a hot and aromatic scent. It’s truly a melody of great flavors. I found this recipe while I was in Seattle a few weekends ago. I rescued the cookbook from a garage sale. I doubt the owners ever used the cookbook, which is a pity, as lying within those pages was a delicious recipe! This dish is great for entertaining, it looks like you’ve spent hours in the kitchen prepping, but we both know it only takes 15 minutes to complete.

Sautéed Shrimp with Turmeric and Mustard Seeds (Image 2)


1 pound medium size raw shrimps (about 16)
¼ teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon chili powder
4 tablespoons sunflower oil
½ teaspoon mustard seeds (black or yellow)
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 fresh hot green chile, finely chopped
1 tablespoon torn fresh cilantro leaves
teaspoon coarse sea salt (or to taste)



Prep Time

10 minutes

Cook Time

8 minutes


Peel the shrimp, but leave the tail fin intact. Place the shrimp in a bowl. Mix the turmeric and chili powder together, sprinkle over the shrimp, toss well with your hands ensuring all the shrimp is coated with the rub.

Heat oil in a large skillet and, when very hot, add the mustard seeds. When the seeds start popping (about a minute or so), add the crushed garlic and saute until golden, (about two minutes), then stir in the chopped green chile.

Add the shrimp and saute over high heat for about three-four minutes until they become opaque.(Ensure the pan is not overcrowded and all the shrimp lay comfortably on the pan—this will help cook the shrimp evenly). Remove immediately to a serving plate—do not overcook. Sprinkle with coarse salt and the chopped fresh cilantro. (In my case I didn’t have any cilantro handy, instead I used parsley—tasted great). Serve with poppadoms, quinoa or rice.


Flavoring with Spices

Filed Under

Main Course, Appetizer and Seafood

Spices Used

Chili, Turmeric and Mustard Seeds

Other Ingredients Used



The prawns are literally jumping off the plate - if only on to my own, but I found this recipe so simple to make yet so tasty. Keep the recipes coming!

—Chantal, over 5 years ago

Now this looks DELICIOUS! I love shrimp!

My Sweet & Saucy, over 5 years ago

Yummy and very simple! You can use the same seasonings/method to cook vegetables too. It's a really common base recipe in south India.

—lauren, over 5 years ago

Great simple idea! easy and quick. I love it!

Lucia, over 5 years ago

Really easy to make and absolutely *****DEVINE****** They did not make it to the next day.

—Delilah, over 5 years ago

This looks absolutely delicious. I love mustard seeds...use them in my chicken stir fry - it makes a huge difference

Jessica, over 5 years ago

beautiful pics! love shrimp and the color of turmeric makes them so majestic

jaden, over 4 years ago

Shrimps.. those are my favourite.. this would taste good.. would like to try this out some day

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I am hungry now.

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Now this looks DELICIOUS! I love shrimp!”

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