Sri Lankan Curry with Squid and Prawns Recipe

(80 ratings)

  • Dairy-free
Preparation Time45 mins
Total Time45 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Calories330 Kcal17%
Sugar3 g3%
Fat25 g36%
Saturated Fat15 g75%
Salt0.4 gRow 4 - Cell 2
Protein21 g42%
Carbohydrates5 g2%
Salt0.4 gRow 7 - Cell 2

You’ll see fishermen all along the beaches in Sri Lanka and their fish curries are fragrant and utterly delicious. We’ve tried to recreate one of their masterpieces in this quick-cook curry that uses just a handful of ingredients which work beautifully with the seafood. If you can’t find squid, or fancy an alternative, you could substitute any kind of seafood – white fish or even clams make a delicious addition to this easy Sri Lankan recipe. We like this served simply with rice, to soak up all those lovely juices. If you’re feeling like you might need a little something extra then you can make a quick sambal from chopped red onions, lime juice and salt, and of course what curry isn’t completed by a little poppadom or two? If you fancy having extra curry sauce you can make double and freeze one portion – ready for a quick meal another night.


  1. Heat the oil in a large sauté pan and cook the onion for 15 mins. Add the garlic and cook for a few minutes, then add all the spices and the chillies. Cook, stirring for a few minutes.
  2. Add the coconut milk and cream, mix well. Bring to the boil then turn down to a simmer. Add the curry leaves, lime juice, squid and prawns. Cook for just a few minutes until the prawns are pink and cooked. Serve with rice and a sambal (side dish) of sliced red onions, lime juice and a little chilli.


  • 4tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2tsp fennel seeds
  • ½tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2tsp turmeric
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 2tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2tsp fenugreek seeds
  • 2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 x 400ml can coconut milk
  • 1 x 160ml can coconut cream
  • small handful fresh or dried curry leaves
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 450g squid, cleaned and cut into pieces
  • 250g large raw prawns
Top Tip for making Sri Lankan Curry with Squid and Prawns

Squid only goes tough if you overcook it so it just needs the briefest of time.

Jane Curran

Jane Curran is a freelance food editor, stylist, writer and consultant based in Cape Town. Former food director of TI Media & woman&home. All about food, wine (dipWSET), gardening and the Arsenal.