Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Spicy Coconut Curry Grilled Shrimp


A Two for Tuesday Recipe 
The last few weeks of extended daylight are within reach, which means I won't be using the outdoor grill as often during the weekdays. By now you probably know that we love curry, coconut and Thai chilies and what better way to use these beautiful and fiery spices and ingredients than with grilled shrimp! A little time to marinate, a few skewers, a scorching hot grill and you are on your way to the most delectable shrimp dish my Spicy Coconut Curry Grilled Shrimp. I love pairing this with sliced avocado wedges and a squeeze of lime.

Serves 2 - 4

1 pound of large shrimp, peeled* and deveined
1 tablespoon coconut milk solid
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder
1-3 Thai chilies (or to taste) finely minced
2 tablespoons of finely grated ginger root
1 tablespoons of minced cilantro
4 tablespoons of toasted coconut flakes
1 lime cut into 8 wedges
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Place the first 7 ingredients into a glass bowl or zip bag making sure to mix ingredients well. Allow to marinate 4 hours or overnight.

To toast the coconut:
1 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
1 teaspoon of sugar

On a parchment lined baking sheet, spread unsweetened coconut evenly. Sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar (I personally use stevia) over top of coconut flakes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place in oven and roast for 4 minutes and then intervals of 30 seconds until lightly golden. Allow to cool. Store any unused portions in an airtight container or zip bag.

To grill shrimp:
Gather bamboo or metal skewers. If using bamboo soak in water for a 1/2 hour or longer before using. This keeps them from burning and disintegrating while you grill.
Heat up the grill so that it is scorching hot. Skewer the shrimp and salt and pepper before placing on grill, making sure to cover both sides of the shrimp. Place shrimp on grill and cook about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side.  Sprinkle with the toasted coconut flakes, cilantro and a small squeeze of lime.

Serve with a light salad or with, my personal favorite, avocado wedges. ENJOY!

Recipe Tips:
Save the peel from the shrimp in a zip bag and freeze to make seafood stock. I usually have a few gallon size bags in the freezer to accumulate chicken carcasses, beef bones, and seafood trimmings to make stocks.


  1. This looks so good! I just bought some shrimp today because I had grilling them on my mind! I'd love it if you would link it up with our Foodie Fridays which is going live tonight at midnight, if you have a chance. Either way though, I am pinning and stumbling it! Can't wait to try it!

    1. Michelle, thank you pinning and stumbling! How and where do I link up for Foodie Friday?