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Recipe

Sambal Shrimp

An impressive yet simple and mouth-watering dish that's sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Sambal Shrimp

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sambal oelek (ground fresh chili paste)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup mirin
  • 2 tablespoons Vietnamese fish sauce (nuoc nam)
  • 2 tablespoons dark Asian sesame oil
  • 3 pounds large shrimp (about 30 shrimp), peeled and deveined, head and tail segments intact
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh mint

Directions

  • In a medium bowl, combine all the ingredients except the shrimp, cilantro, and mint. Whisk well to combine. Allow the marinade to sit at room temperature for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.
  • Place the shrimp in a 1-gallon resealable plastic bag, and add all but 1 /2 cup of the marinade to the bag. Allow the shrimp to marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Preheat a grill to medium-high and oil the grill.
  • Place the shrimp on the grill and cook until they are just cooked through, 2 to 2 1 /2 minutes per side. Transfer the cooked shrimp to a large bowl. Add the reserved 1 /2 cup marinade, the cilantro, and the mint, and toss well to combine. Transfer the shrimp to a large serving bowl or platter, and serve immediately.
  • 6 to 8 servings