Grilled Thai Chili Garlic Shrimp With Grilled Bok Choy Salad is a favor filled yet light summer grilling experience. It also an easy, quick appetizer or entree for any outdoor occasion.
Grilled Thai Chili Garlic Shrimp
12 large raw shrimp (wild U-10 or 15/20 count) peeled, deveined and cut in “fan” shape (similar to butterfly)
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice (from1 small lime), plus lime wedges for garnish
1 teaspoon Thai chili sauce (recommended: Sriracha) or more, to taste
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 tablespoons bottled minced garlic or 6 fresh cloves, minced
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 Thai chile, sliced thin or habanero or Scotch bonnet
1/4 cup canola or olive oil
1/4 cup toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 to 5 grinds black pepper
Heat a grill to medium-high heat.
Put the shrimp into a glass bowl.
Whisk the remaining ingredients in a medium bowl and pour 1/2 to 2/3 if it over the shrimp. (Reserve the remaining marinade to brush on the shrimp during grilling.)
Allow the shrimp to marinate for only 8 to 10 minutes or the lime juice will begin to “cook” the shrimp. Grill the shrimp, approximately 2 to 3 minutes per side while brushing with the reserved marinade. I use a silicone brush.
Remove the shrimp from the grill to a platter and serve garnished with lime wedges.
Grilled Bok Choy Salad
1 medium head bok choy
1/4 wedge purple cabbage or 5 leaves curly purple savoy cabbage
4 whole scallions
1 small can Mandarin orange segments (9 to 12 ounces), drained
1 cup chow mein noodles or 1 package dry ramen noodles, toasted in a dry pan
1/4 cup wasabi peas
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
Orange Sesame Balsamic Dressing, recipe follows
Orange Sesame Balsamic Dressing
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger root
1 teaspoon Asian hot mustard
1 red or green Thai chile, seeded and finely chopped, optional
Pinch kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
When “fanned”, the tails of the shrimp will curl up like a scorpion as they cook. Way cool for presentation! The shrimp can be served on Grilled Bok Choy Salad, if desired. Serve 3 shrimp per person for an appetizer course or 6 for an entree salad (odd numbers look better)
Yield: 4 servings for appetizer, 2 servings for entree
Recipe courtesy of Charles “Chaz” A Smith II