Japanese Shrimp Curry

Japanese Shrimp Curry

Japanese shrimp curry, also known as Ebi Katsu Karei, is a dish that has its origins in the British curry introduced to Japan during the Meiji era (1868-1912). Over time, the dish has evolved and been adapted to Japanese tastes, incorporating local ingredients and techniques. Today, it is a popular and well-loved dish in Japan, often served in curry houses and restaurants.

One reason for the popularity of Japanese shrimp curry is its delicious and unique flavor. The dish combines the richness and complexity of a traditional curry sauce with the sweetness and delicate flavor of fresh shrimp, creating a flavorful and satisfying meal. The dish is also relatively easy to make and is a great way to use up leftover shrimp.

Common ingredients in Japanese shrimp curry include shrimp, onions, carrots, potatoes, curry powder, tomato paste, chicken or vegetable broth, soy sauce, and honey. These ingredients are often combined to create a thick and hearty sauce that is perfect for spooning over rice.


Course Fish and Shellfish


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 potatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 pound shrimp peeled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooked rice for serving


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the carrots and potatoes and cook for another 5 minutes.
  • Add the curry powder and tomato paste and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Add the chicken or vegetable broth, water, soy sauce, and honey. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 20-25 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.
  • Add the shrimp and cook for another 5 minutes, or until the shrimp are cooked through.
  • Season the curry with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve the shrimp curry over cooked rice.


You can adjust the spiciness of the curry by adding more or less curry powder, or by adding a small amount of cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes. You can also customize the vegetables in the curry to your liking. Enjoy!

When serving Japanese shrimp curry, it is common to serve it over a bed of steamed white rice. The rice helps to soak up the flavorful sauce and provides a satisfying base for the dish. Some people also like to serve the curry with a side of pickled vegetables or a simple green salad to help balance out the richness of the sauce.

Japanese shrimp curry has a unique history and has become a beloved dish in Japan due to its delicious flavor and ease of preparation. Its common ingredients include shrimp, onions, carrots, potatoes, and a flavorful curry sauce, and it is typically served over rice with optional side dishes such as pickled vegetables or a salad.