Red Curry Shrimp Skewers

Red Curry Shrimp Skewers

1 hr 55 mins total time

35 mins active time


Serves 4



  • ½ cup (4 fl oz) coconut milk
  • 4 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 4 fresh makrut (wild) lime leaves

    stems removed

  • 1¼ lb jumbo shrimp

    peeled and deveined, tails intact

  • Olive oil cooking spray

    to grease

For the Thai red curry paste:

  • ¾ oz dried long hot red chili peppers (about 2 ½ inches)
  • 1 x 1 1/2 inch piece (3/4 oz) galangal or ginger

    peeled, sliced

  • 2 lemongrass stalks

    white part only, coarsely chopped

  • 12 thick cilantro stems


  • 1 tsp roasted shrimp paste (Belacan)


  • 10 single fresh makrut (wild) lime leaves

    stems removed, coarsely chopped

  • 4 large shallots

    peeled, coarsely chopped

  • 12 cloves garlic


  • 2 tsp flaky sea salt
  • ⅓ cup rice bran or vegetable oil

To serve:

  • Lime wedges
  • Cilantro leaves


  • 1To make the Thai Red curry paste, put the dried chilies in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water and soak for 15-20 minutes until softened. Drain.
  • 2Place the drained chilies, galangal, lemongrass, cilantro stems, shrimp paste, lime leaves, shallots, garlic and salt in the blender and secure the lid. MIX for 20 seconds until finely chopped, scraping down the side and stopping occasionally to use the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades. Add the oil and BLEND for 30-40 seconds until desired texture. You will need 4 tablespoons for this recipe. Transfer the remaining paste to a clean, sterilized glass jar. Cover with a thin layer of vegetable oil and secure the lid. The paste can be stored in the refrigerator for 2 weeks or frozen for 1 month.
  • 3Use the CLEAN program to clean the blender jug.
  • 4To make the red curry shrimp skewers, put the coconut milk, 4 tablespoons curry paste and lime leaves in the blender and secure the lid. PUREE for 10 seconds until well combined.
  • 5Pour the coconut milk mixture into a bowl. Add the shrimp. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour to marinate.
  • 6Meanwhile, soak bamboo skewers in a shallow dish of cold water for 30 minutes then drain.
  • 7Preheat a grill on medium high heat.
  • 8Thread the shrimp onto the skewers. Spray both side of the shrimp with oil.
  • 9Grill, in batches, for 1-2 minutes each side until cooked through.
  • 10Transfer to a large serving platter. Squeeze over the lime and garnish with cilantro.
    Tip: Roasted shrimp paste can be found in Asian markets. If you can’t get roasted shrimp paste, purchase unroasted shrimp paste and roast it before using. To roast: Wrap the shrimp paste in a piece of foil. Put on a small baking sheet and cook under a preheated broiler for 2 minutes each side. Allow to cool before unwrapping and using.

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