Red Curry Shrimp Skewers
1 hr 55 mins total time
35 mins active time
- ½ cup (4 fl oz) coconut milk
- 4 tbsp Thai red curry paste
- 4 fresh makrut (wild) lime leaves
- 1¼ lb jumbo shrimp (about 20)
peeled and deveined, tails intact
- Olive oil cooking spray
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
- 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
- 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, sterilizsed 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.