How long does prawn curry last in fridge?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question “How long does prawn curry last in fridge?”, and tell you whether you can freeze the prawn curry. We will also mention how to properly store prawn curry and how to reheat it.

How long does prawn curry last in fridge?

Prawn curry will last for about three days in the fridge. Cooked prawns do not last as long and should be consumed within 3 days to avoid getting food poisoning.

For longer storage, prawn curry should be kept in the freezer. It can be kept in the freezer for about 3 months at temperatures lower than -18 degrees.

Raw prawns and cooked prawns have about the same shelf life in the fridge. It does not matter whether the prawns were barbecued, grilled or fried, they will remain good for only three days in the fridge.

However, do not leave the prawn curry out at room temperature for more than two hours to avoid spoilage.

Can you freeze prawn curry?

Curry generally freezes well. Since curries have a lot of wet components, it protects the meat and vegetables added to it (if any) from freezer burn.

Freezer burn is when the food dries out from the edges.

Curries with heavy cream used in the base sauce freeze well and are good to consume once thawed or reheated. Curries made with low fat cream freezes well but it may split up when you are trying to reheat it or thaw it because it is less stable than heavy cream due to less fats.

It is the same with curries made with coconut milk. While coconut milk can be frozen well without any issues, it will split up when it is reheated. Coconut milk also has very less fat content so it tends to curdle when it is exposed to high heat.

One way to go about it is to cook the curry without coconut milk, cream, or yogurt and freeze it. These things can be added once you are reheating the frozen curry.

This way the curry will be as good as new.

How to properly store prawn curry?

Cool down the curry 

After preparing fresh, hot curry, the first thing you need to do is to let it cool down at room temperature for a while. This will prevent the sudden change in the temperature if you plan on storing it in the refrigerator. Do not leave it out for more than 2 hours or else it will start to get spoiled and contaminated.

Make portions

It is always advised to store curry in portions because it increases the surface area and the dish gets cold easily. Moreover, the portion sizes also make it convenient for the user to only take out the curry that is actually needed.

Freeze or Refrigerate

Whether you decide to freeze or refrigerate depends on how long you want to store the curry. For short term storage, refrigerate the curry in airtight containers and make sure it is not kept in the door of the refrigerator.

In case of long term storage, put the curry in proper air-tight containers and  make sure they don’t interact with other items in the freezer. You can also use freezer bags to ensure proper insulation. 

How to reheat prawn curry?

You can reheat prawn curry in a pan over a stove. Heat it on medium to low heat. It is better to add water or a dash of oil to get rid of the clumpy texture of a refrigerated prawn curry. Keep stirring it constantly so that it does not stick to the bottom of the pan.

Alternatively, place the prawn curry in an oven safe container that has a lid and then put it in a microwave oven. Stop the microwave oven midway, stir the prawn curry, and then place it back again. 

This way keep stirring the curry at regular intervals so that it does not get burned from the sides.

Constant stirring also allows the heat to be distributed evenly and preserves the texture of the curry.

You can also place the prawn curry in a preheated oven at 365 degrees. 

Learn more about reheating curry here.

Other FAQs about Curry that you may be interested in.

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In this brief guide, we answered the question “How long does prawn curry last in fridge?”, and told you whether you can freeze the prawn curry. We also mentioned how to properly store prawn curry and how to reheat it.


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