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These flavorful shrimp skewers contain very few ingredients, all of which you can find online or at your local Asian grocer. Thai curry paste, lemongrass, garlic, lime juice and zest, Thai basil and the optional chopped red chili all come together with shrimp for a very easy meal that everyone can enjoy.
I’m fortunate to live in the South where Louisiana shrimp are delivered to just about every local seafood shack in town, especially this time of year. While I recommend high quality fresh shrimp for this recipe, frozen is perfectly okay, just thaw them completely in your refrigerator before using.
Using Thai curry paste in these shrimp skewers means you’re adding an ingredient that’s already packed with flavorful aromatics like lime leaf, lemongrass, ginger, garlic and sometimes shrimp paste. It’s a great time-saver for those days when you want delicious in a hurry! Serve with rice, noodles or your favorite side. We prefer cooling cucumber slices, mint, basil and a dash of vinegar.
Easy Lemongrass Shrimp Skewers
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 8-10 minutes Serves: 4
6-8 long lemongrass stalks
2lbs fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons Thai Panang or Red curry paste
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup chopped Thai basil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Optional: 1 tablespoon finely minced Thai red chili (deseed for a milder taste)
1-2 tablespoons LouAna Liquid Coconut Oil (find it here!)
Prepare lemongrass by soaking in cold water to remove any impurities. Using a sharp knife, cut each stalk into 6-8 -inch pieces and set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor with the blade attachment in place, add shrimp, curry paste, garlic, basil, soy sauce, red pepper flakes and optional red chili. Pulse 8-10 times until the shrimp is minced and the mixture is evenly combined.
Wetting your hands prevents the shrimp mixture from sticking to them during the next step. Use your hands to evenly wrap 4 oz portions of the shrimp mixture around the cut lemongrass stalks until all the skewers are made. Press and shape the mixture to make sure it sticks to the stalk.
Heat a large skillet to medium and pour in 1-2 tablespoons LouAna Liquid Coconut Oil. Sauté shrimp skewers in batches for 8-10 minutes until cooked through, rotating every 2 minutes to ensure an even golden color. Serve immediately.