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Grilled Shrimp with Cilantro, Lime, and Peanuts


The style of the dish is Vietnamese, but the shrimp is pure Louisiana. Just grill until pink, and toss with a peanut-and-lime sauce.

  • Servings: 4
grilled shrimp

Source: Martha Stewart Living, August 2009


  • 2 limes
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 pound (about 15) jumbo shrimp, shells on
  • 2 teaspoons safflower oil
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup salted peanuts, coarsely chopped
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped


  1. Zest limes into a bowl. Squeeze in juice from 1 lime, and whisk in fish sauce and sugar.

  2. Preheat grill to high. Brush shrimp with oil on both sides, and lightly season with salt and pepper. Grill until pink and firm to the touch, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

  3. Toss shrimp with fish-sauce mixture, cilantro, peanuts, and scallions. Juice remaining lime over shrimp.

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  • mail9934702
    28 JUN, 2012
    I made this last night and it was super tasty. Question: what do you do with the shells? I cooked the shrimp and then put them in the salad but when it was time to eat I had to take the shells off with my hands. What a mess. Is this right? Should the shells come off before the salad is served?
  • 60degreesandsunny
    23 MAR, 2012
    What a great combination, and so easy to make. I served it with some scallion rice and it was a huge hit. I highly recommend this recipe.
  • choiceweb
    8 FEB, 2011
    Fish sauce is a Thai or Asian sauce make with fish. It should be in the ethnic food aisle in any good grocery store or of course in an Asian grocery store.
  • Dozeedo
    20 MAY, 2010
    What is "fish sauce"?
  • mo33
    26 APR, 2010
    love this recipe! really quick and simple to make.. first grilled shrimp recipe that i've tried.. delicious
  • fasawasa
    3 JAN, 2010
    I served this over rice for company last summer. They LOVED it and wanted the recipe. I get hungry just thinking about it.
  • MS11402627
    14 AUG, 2009
    My new favorite shrimp recipe, great with rice to soak up any extra juices. Highly recommend!
  • crod5000
    22 JUL, 2009
    Great recipe. If you want some spice, add a sliced chile.