Indian, Main, Non-Vegetarian, Seafood
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Shrimp Tikka Masala

It used to surprise me that the most popular dishes among my Indian and non-Indian friends were always either butter chicken and chicken tikka masala.  To be honest, my internal reaction was- WHY!?! There are soooo many other amazing dishes!  Then of course I realized this was one of many- “My taste buds are not normal” situations.   There are a lot of variations of these two popular dishes and everyone makes the sauces differently, but most restaurants I’ve been to tend to make these sweet.  Again- maybe to most taste buds this is awesome, but not really my thing.   


So how did I come upon a tikka masala recipe?  Well, I knew I wanted to make something with the shrimp I had and I wanted it to be Indian 🙂  After careful research I found one that didn’t sound like the typical heavy/rich/sweet tikka masala I was used to eating at restaurants. I’m not even sure if the original recipe qualifies as tikka masala, I think it’s missing some key ingredients to support the ‘tikka masala’ aspect.  But I really enjoyed this and more importantly this took me very little time to put together.  I highly recommend this for a weeknight meal when you don’t want to spend a ton of time cooking in the kitchen!  

Shrimp Tikka Masala
Serves 2
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 2 tbsp ghee or oil
  2. 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  3. 1 tbsp garlic-ginger paste
  4. 2 tbsp tomato paste
  5. 2 tsp garam masala
  6. 1/4 tsp chili powder
  7. 1 cup water
  8. 20 medium-to-large shrimp, peeled & deveined
  9. 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  10. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the ghee or oil in a large saucepan over medium heat
  2. Add the onions and saute until translucent about 5 minutes
  3. Add the ginger-garlic paste and saute for another minute
  4. Add the garam masala, chili powder, tomato paste and the cup of water and mix well.
  5. Add salt & pepper to your taste and simmer the sauce for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Add the shrimp and mix into the sauce and cook over medium heat until they are cooked through- this normally takes 4-5 minutes.
  7. After the shrimp are cooked, turn the heat off and remove the pan from the heat.
  8. Let stand about 2-3 minutes and then mix the yogurt in.
  9. Serve immediately with choice of grains or roti!
Adapted from Serious Eats
Adapted from Serious Eats
The Full-time Foodie

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