Spicy Grilled Shrimp
Chili paste and fish sauce give these shrimp a Thai-inspired flavor. Both are available in the ethnic-food aisles at many supermarkets, in Asian grocery stores, and online.
- Total Time:
- Servings: 12
Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 2010
For the Sauce (Makes 3/4 cup)
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest, plus 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 3 to 4 limes)
- 1 tablespoon Asian chili paste (such as sambal oelek; ethnicfoodsco.com)
- 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce (such as nam pla)
- Coarse salt
For the Shrimp
- Safflower oil, for brushing
- 36 large shrimp (about 3 pounds), peeled and deveined (tails left intact; optional)
- Coarse salt
Soak 12 wooden skewers in water for 30 minutes to prevent charring.
Meanwhile, make the sauce: Bring sugar and lime juice to a simmer in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, until sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lime zest, chili paste, and fish sauce. Season with salt.
Make the shrimp: Heat grill to high. Brush grates with oil. Thread 3 shrimp onto each skewer; season with salt. Divide sauce in half; reserve half for serving. Grill shrimp for 1 minute; brush with sauce. Flip, and grill for 1 minute more; brush with sauce again. Flip, and grill, brushing occasionally with sauce, until opaque, 1 to 3 minutes more. Serve with reserved sauce.