Overripe Bananas Part III: Shrimp With Banana Curry

Posted on by on April 12th, 2011 | 19 Comments ยป

This is the last of my overripe banana recipes (well until my husband leaves some over again and I’m forced to figure out what to do with them!). The last two recipes I posted, Banana Date Honey Loaf and Couscous Pudding with Cardamom and Bananas, both were sweet, which is usually what you would think to make with overripe bananas. For my last few bananas I wanted to do something different, something savory, something unexpected.

If you haven’t been following the Middle East news recently, Israeli relations with Gaza has come to head with cross boarder tensions erupting into an ongoing exchange of fire. The past week my city in southern Israel had rockets being shot at it. We would be woken up by the sound of emergency alarms in the middle of the night and kept our eyes glued to the news hoping that the situation wouldn’t turn into an all out war. We were in dire need of some comfort food.

When I think of comfort food I go straight to mac and cheese but my thoughts went elsewhere this time. I wanted something warming and satisfying, something full of flavor and easy to make. I wanted curry. I love curry. When I was younger I wouldn’t even touch curry or anything Indian for that matter. As I got older and my pallet became more sophisticated, I learned to try new foods and experiment. If I then didn’t like something, OK. Now as I embark on culinary school in the fall and as I to take my cooking to a new level, I learn that you cannot just say you don’t like something without giving it a fair shot. Open yourself up to new things, it might surprise you to what you find ๐Ÿ™‚

There is something about curry that just makes you feel good when you are eating it. It’s growing popularity over the last decade has spread outward from the traditional Indian curry we all have come to love, making it a very accessible dish throughout many cuisines. Usually rooted with traditional spices such as turmeric, coriander and cumin, you can pretty much add a wide range spices depending on the food being included. In my case I wanted to make use of those last few pesky overripe bananas and thought shrimp would play off nicely against the curry.

What I ended up with was a beautiful curry that had my husband and I licking the bowl. It was super easy to make and was the perfect warming comfort food we were hoping for.


3 1/2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Pound Shrimp
1 Large Onion, Chopped
1/2 Teaspoon Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Chili Pepper, Chopped
1 Teaspoon Turmeric
2 Tablespoons Curry Powder
1 15 Ounce Can Coconut Milk
1 Lime, Juiced
2 Bananas, Sliced
Salt and Pepper


Season shrimp with salt and pepper.
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium skillet over medium high heat and add shrimp, cooking until almost cooked through, about 6 minutes. Set aside.
In a large skillet heat 2 tablespoons oil and add onions, sugar and salt.
Cook onions until translucent, about 7 minutes.
Add chili pepper, turmeric and curry and cook until spices become fragrant, about 5 minutes.
Add coconut milk and lime juice and cook until thick, about 10 minutes.
In a small skillet heat 1/2 tablespoon oil and cook bananas turning once, about 1 minute.
Add banana and shrimp to curry and heat until shrimp are cooked through.
Serve with rice or couscous.



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  1. Posted on: 4-12-2011

    Beth you surprised me with another overripe banana recipe! And banana in curry?! WOW you are so pioneer! This looks wonderful and I think you are so ready for culinary school! By the way, I wasn’t following the news in Israel and your post made me worry. I know you just have to live under the condition. You probably know more details and know what to do/where to go, etc, but please be safe…

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-13-2011

      Thanks Nami! We are just fine here!

  2. Posted on: 4-13-2011

    You are so right. There IS something comforting about curry and I love how you included banana in a savory dish. You ROCK! And your dish is gorgeous.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-13-2011

      Thanks Tiffany. The bananas work so perfect here!

  3. Posted on: 4-13-2011

    Ohhh so innovative! I love it. I love curries and as my husband is Indian I cook curries at home and I can tell that the spices you chose and the bananas would go great together! Well done!
    On another note… please stay safe!!!!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-13-2011

      Thanks Manu! You should make this for your husband, he would appreciate this!

  4. Posted on: 4-13-2011

    This looks great and sounds very interesting. Color is beautiful and flavor should be really lovely.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-13-2011

      Thanks Medeja!

  5. Posted on: 4-13-2011

    indeed a comforting plate of wonderfulness, an experience I have not had the pleasure and I have cooked and eaten my share of shrimp recipes…. the flavors here sound incredible… nice to meet you and thank you for your kind words

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-13-2011

      Oh Drick! You MUST try it. Its pretty simple to prepare and so delicious!

  6. Posted on: 4-13-2011

    This is my favorite by far! Incredible dish. I love the idea of mixing banana with the curry seasonings. I can imagine it tasted phenomenal. Well done!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-13-2011

      Thanks Parsley Sage! It did taste phenomenal ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Posted on: 4-13-2011

    Dear Beth I hope you will stay safe, and well! Your dish did surprised me..I would never thought putting those two together in a same dish, but you did it! Looks great and sounds fantastic!!!

    Take care

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-13-2011

      Thanks so much Sandra! Sometimes unexpected pairings are the best!

  8. Posted on: 4-13-2011

    This curry sounds delicious! Glad to hear you are doing ok over there. I have family in Israel so the events are always on my mind. Be safe.

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-14-2011

      Thanks Fran! It’s a crazy place to live sometimes!!

  9. Shu Han
    Posted on: 4-24-2011

    What a great creative way to use up bananas! Definitely keeping this in mind!

    • BethMichelle
      Posted on: 4-25-2011

      Thanks Shu Han!! Its so delicious. You should definitely give it a try!

  10. Jennifer
    Posted on: 2-5-2015

    I made this tonight and it was delicious. My husband can be picky and not a fan of shrimp but he loved it. Before he joked if we should order pizza, after he was one satisfied man. He also couldn’t believe the curry sauce was from scratch and insisted I had bought a curry packet at the grocery store. Thank you for this recipe.

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