Last night’s dinner…Asian SCRIMPS! This may have been the easiest quickest recipe ever; start to finish including marinating time was about 20 minutes. Next time I think I will make my own sweet chili sauce, but this time around I just used the pre-made stuff. If you can’t find kaffir lime leaves lime zest is ok. I served this with summer rolls and lemon herb quinoa on the side to be healthy.
I think serving with a fresh baguette to soak up the sauce would be ideal. Back to the shrimp tails debate from this post, I am all about keeping the tails. Good looking food always tastes better. Oh and chef Katie, get on this recipe because you will love. -ts
1 pound shrimp shelled and deveined
1/3 cup sweet chili sauce
1 lemon- juice and zest
3 kaffir lime leaves sliced, substitute 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
1 teaspoon chili sauce
1 tablespoon fish sauce
3 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon brown sugar
¼- 1/3 cup coconut milk
Siracha (optional as this is spicy on its own)
1/4 cup cilantro chopped for garnish
- Marinate the shrimp in the sweet chili sauce, lemon juice, lemon zest, kaffir lime leaves, chili sauce, fish sauce, garlic and sugar for 10 or more minutes.
- Heat a pan.
- Add the shrimp, the marinade, siracha (if using) and the coconut milk and simmer (not boil) until the shrimp are cooked, about 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and mix in the cilantro.
Chef says: “This seems like a s— load of ingredients, but its well worth it. This stuff is unbelievable.”
Well alright then. Barrett suggests you make a large batch of the paste, use a few tablespoons to make the sauce, and freeze the rest for future use (the recipe makes about 2 cups). As we learned on the food network, you can freeze portions of this in ice-cube trays and use them one-at-a-time. My inner Martha loves that time-saver crap.
2 1/2 Thai chilies
1 tbsp cumin seed
2 1/2 tbsp coriander seed
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp kosher salt
1/2 cup cilantro leaves and stems
1/2 cup basil leaves
1/2 cup mint leaves
1/2 tsp turmeric (ginger-ish flavor: warm, bitter, spicy)
2 tsp of galangal, minced (citrus-pine-earthy flavor)
1 tbsp of garlic, minced
1 1/2 tbsp of lemongrass, minced, white part only
4 kaffir lime leaves, minced
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup fish sauce
1/2 cup shallots, minced
1 cup peanut oil
hot coconut milk
- Place all the dried spices (chilies through salt) in a saute pan and toast over medium heat. Once toasted, grind in a spice grinder.
- Blanch and shock (meaning boil for a sec and then plunge into cold water to stop the cooking) the cilantro, basil, and mint in a salted water. Squeeze dry.
- Place all ingredients except oil in blender and puree until smooth.
- While the blender is running, slowy drizzle in oil. Season with salt and pepper.
- Mix a few tablespoons with hot coconut milk until sauce reaches desired consistency.
- Serve with mussels or scallops over risotto or use as a soup base. If you’re looking for a full recipe, swap out the red curry in this mussel recipe for this green one. Bellissimo!
The Chef says this sauce is “pretty rowdy with sake too.” I believe everything is pretty rowdy with sake, so I’ll take his word for it. He likes to serve this over jasmine rice.
2 pounds of mussels
1 shallot, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup white wine
- Saute shallots and garlic in a little oil on medium high heat.
- Add mussels and wine. Cover and cook until all the mussels open.
- With a slotted spoon, spoon out the mussels and serve with Red Curry Sauce.
Red Curry sauce:
1 tablespoon grated ginger
3-4 kaffir lime leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon of fish sauce
2 tablespoons of red curry paste (the more you use, the spicier it will be)
1 can of coconut milk
good amount of chopped cilantro and basil
- Bring coconut milk to a boil and add the rest of the ingredients.
- Simmer and then pour the sauce over the mussels.