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Thai Red Curry Recipe: Shrimp with Snow Peas and Lo Mein

thai red curry

I love Thai food and so does my husband. He likes it super spicy but we’ve found a happy middle ground with this great red curry recipe. I almost always make this with chicken but there was a good deal on some large pink shrimp that I could not resist so I made it with shrimp. Yummy.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate Time Required: Prep Time – 20min; Cook Time – 15 min

Ingredients:

for two servings
1 lb of large (15-18 per lb) shrimp
8 oz wide lo mein noodles
prepared vegetable of choice (I used snow peas)
2 – 6T Thai red curry paste (the more, the hotter)
1 can coconut milk
1-2T brown sugar
1/4 cup chicken stock
1T fish sauce (optional)
fresh basil leaves

Preparation:

red curry recipe with shrimp

Prepare snow peas according to link above so they are nice and crispy. Peal and devein shrimp. This post has instructions on how to do that if you are uncertain. Get pot of water ready to boil lo mein and turn on high to get started.

In a skillet, add coconut milk, chicken stock, fish sauce and brown sugar.

red curry paste

Simmer over medium heat and whisk together. When warmed through, add the desired amount of red curry paste. Remember, you can always add more paste to make it hotter, but you can’t remove it. So, start with 2T, incorporate it, taste and add more as you desire.

red curry

When the sauce is ready and the water is boiling, make sure you are ready as everything else is really quick (including colander in the sink to drain the pasta). 5 minutes from here.

Drop the pasta in the water, add a bit of salt. Add the shrimp and vegetables to the sauce and turn to medium high heat. Stir to incorporate and move the shrimp around as they cook. It will really only take about 5 minutes to cook the shrimp without overcooking.

thai red curry recipe

Drain the pasta.

Plate the pasta. Top with shrimp and vegetables. Spoon over the sauce and serve.

Picture below includes a small butter poached lobster tail (they too were on sale!!!)
red curry shrimp

Important Tips:

Most of this dish is really quick. So be sure to have everything prepared and ready. Before you cook the shrimp or pasta, have your plates out, table set, and drinks made, etc so you are not freaking out at the last second.

Variations:

Use chicken or beef sliced thinly as an option as well. Switch out your veggie too if you like. I like this with snow peas, sugar snap peas, green beans, broccoli, spinach, and asparagus.

If you like things really spicy, this same food company has a green curry paste that you can cook exactly the same way with a lot more heat. You can also always add peppers.

Need kid friendly idea if too spicy? I did everything the same here but had a 2nd skillet where I used a bottled teriyaki sauce and made my daughters’ shrimp and snow peas in that instead.

shrimp lo mein

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

easy grilled shrimp recipe

Alright, I admit it. I’m a bit of a Bobby Flay fan. But, can you blame me? What that man can’t do with a grill! Mmmmm!! Makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Ha, bet you thought I was going somewhere else with that one (although I do like his cute little dimples).

I was looking for a recipe for a grilled shrimp appetizer a couple of summer’s back when in Seaside with some friends. I popped into the local seafood store on 30A and picked up some freshly caught (that day) shrimp. The house we rented had a grill so I figured Bobby would know what to do. I found a cool recipe of his that called for about 3-4 different types of peppers. Well, although Seaside has great seafood, the varieties of peppers available at the local grocery store, not so great. So much for the recipe I had in hand. Now I needed to improvise. I bought some garlic and a can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. This will have to do.

This spicy grilled shrimp recipe can be an appetizer or a main course.

Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Time Required: Prep Time – 20min; Marinate 10 min- 1hr; Cook Time – 4-5 min

Ingredients:

Spicy Shrimp
Some nice big shrimp – I prefer Extra Jumbo for this recipe which generally means about 16- 20 shrimp per pound. For an appetizer, plan on 3-4 shrimp per person.
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
Dipping Sauce
1 1/2 cups plain Greek yogurt
1/4 cup ketchup
2 T worcestershire
3 shallots, minced
1 garlic clove, minced
Zest and juice of 2 limes
1/2 cup of cilantro, chopped
4-5 T capers
salt and pepper

Special Equipment and Other Items Needed:

Grill
Zester

Preparation:

For grilled shrimp, I prefer to keep their shells on. To me this is like bone in chicken, it helps keep the moisture in. I do go ahead and devein them though, and for guests, I will peel them prior to serving. If it’s just family, then they are on their own 🙂

How to devein shrimp with shell on

Using a paring knife, cut a slit into the outside edge of the shrimp.

how to clean shrimp

I like to do this to all of my shrimp and then come back to the next step where you wash out the contents of where you made your cut. Sometimes there is nothing. Usually there is a dark brown ‘string of stuff’. Sometimes it is a whole bunch of orange goo. Whatever it is, run some water through there and take it out!

removing the vein in shrimip

Once all the shrimp are clean, prepare grill for direct heat and high temperature. Place the shrimp in a non-reactive bowl (glass or melamine will do). Add the minced garlic. Open the peppers, add the contents to the bowl. Break up the peppers with your fingers as you go. Toss to coat and let the shrimp sit there while the grill gets hot.

easy grilled shrimp

Meanwhile, make the dipping sauce (if using this as an appetizer). The point of the dipping sauce is to provide a nice, cool contrast to the spicy hot shrimp. Mix all the ingredients together and taste. Add more of whatever you think you would like. Salt may seem odd to add to yogurt but it is necessary. If you are one of those people that hates cilantro, don’t eliminate the green ingredient. Swap it for flat leaf parsley. Again, a necessary component of the sauce.

Place the shrimp on the barbie – I mean grill – and turn after about 2 minutes. If your grill is hot, they will take less than 5 minutes to grill. If your grill has hot and cold spots, then move them around as needed and remove in the order they are done. They are done when they make a letter C. You really don’t want to overcook. Not sure how long it will take on your grill? Start with one shrimp and test it until it is done to your liking. However, if you overcook, the shell will not come off easily later.

easy grilled shrimp recipe

Variations:

Too spicy? Just use the adobo sauce and not any of the peppers. The more peppers you break up and add to the marinade, the spicier it will be.

You lost me at “dark string of stuff” and “orange goo”. I’ll have to find a way to make this equally delicious with already cleaned and deveined shrimp so I won’t have to touch them! – Denise