Spicy Shrimp in Coconut Sauce

This is a family staple, and even if it isn’t pre-prepped, it isn’t a long cook time and can make a weekday meal seem amazing!

I have the recipe entered with the sauce doubled, because we like sauce in this house!

We also have the spice pretty high – so take care if you don’t like it too spicy!

This recipe is basically enough for 2 people, if you have more, scale the ingredients to match the number of people.  If the shrimp don’t fit in the pan all at once, just remove those that are complete and keep warm until all the shrimp are done and then add them back in with the sauce.




Pre-Prepping Tips:

  1. Defrost the shrimp (place in a bowl of water for about an hour)
  2. “Squish the shrimp”  (place in a single layer between dishtowels covered in paper towels, top with a cutting board, and then a heavy book – leave for about an hour – can also place in the fridge between 2 plates in a similar fashion – covered in plastic wrap)
  3. Make the sauce and store it in a container – combine the following:
    • 1/2 light coconut milk
    • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon bottled minced ginger
    • 1 teaspoon low-sodium soy sauce
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 1 tablespoon chili garlic sauce

Place squished shrimp in a baggie with paper towels to capture any residual water!

Day of:

  1. If you are making rice or cauliflower rice, start that before you start dinner.
  2. Combine cornstarch with the sauce.
  3. Heat the oil. When hot, add the shrimp and red pepper flakes.
  4. I usually place the shrimp side by side and circle around the pan.
  5. After a couple minutes, pretty much as long as it takes you to line up the shrimp in said circle, flip the shrimps to the other side!
  6. Once the shrimp are done, pour in the sauce and stir until the sauce thickens.
  7. Eat at once over rice or cauliflower rice or lentil cakes!

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