Shrimp Ghee Roast

Are you a seafood lover? If you are, then I recommend that you try this recipe. Shrimp ghee roast tastes heavenly and is a personal favorite. It has become a regular weekend appetizer in my home since I learned this recipe from my husband. It’s so good that you could keep eating these yummy Shrimps and not realize how much you have eaten! 😛

Shrimp ghee roast is a simple recipe. It’s made by sauteing onion, tomato, whole spices(freshly ground), and herbs in ghee and then cooked along with shrimp. What gives this appetizer a delicious taste is the freshly ground whole spices. Shrimps generally take less time to cook(8-10 minutes), so this appetizer could be made ready in under 30 minutes. Continue reading if you want to know step by step procedure of preparing this yummy dish.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2


250g Shrimp, deveined and cleaned
3 tablespoons ghee
3 green chillies- split into halves
Curry leaves
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
1 small tomato, blended into a fine paste
10-15 cashews
1 teaspoon lime juice
Salt to taste

For making dry masala:
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
6-7 dried red chillies (Byadagi)
8-10 curry leaves


Making dry masala:

  1. In a pan, dry roast coriander seeds, cumin seeds, dried red chillies, and curry leaves until aromatic on low-medium heat.
  2. Let these ingredients completely cool and then blend them into an almost-fine powder in a blender.

Making shrimp ghee roast:

  1. Heat ghee in a frying pan on low heat. 
  2. Add and fry cashews until lightly brown, then remove from ghee and keep them aside.
  3. Add minced garlic, split green chillies, curry leaves into the pan and fry for 10 seconds.
  4. Add chopped onion & sauté until golden brown. Further, add ginger-garlic paste and sauté until the raw smell goes away.
  5. Pour the tomato paste, mix properly, cover, and cook on low heat until oil separates.
  6. Then add the cleaned shrimp along with salt to taste. Combine well, cover, and cook shrimp for 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
  7. Then add the freshly powdered dry masala and mix well. Cook shrimp for another 3-4 minutes on low-medium heat.
  8. Lastly, garnish with the previously fried cashews and enjoy delicious shrimp ghee roast!
  • You can tweak the quantity of each ingredient as per your taste and preference.
  • You can replace Shrimp with Prawns.
  • Do not overcook shrimp, they tend to become hard and rubbery.
  • Tastes best if eaten right away after cooking.

If you tried this recipe, tag your food recreation on my Instagram @swaadista and let me know how you liked it!

Happy cooking and happy eating <3

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