Thai Coconut and Peanut Shrimp

My main objective to cook is to recreate delicious dishes I had somewhere else. I eat out a lot, but obviously that’s not possible every day, at least not for me, so I find the recipes of dishes I really like and re-create them at home. And I have a pretty good success rate. This following recipe has a lot of ingredients, but is nevertheless not hard to cook! And it’s well worth it, it’s one of my favorites!


What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, tail on
  • 4 tbsp canola oil (or coconut oil)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/2 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 5 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp fresh basil leaves, chopped (I used 2 tsp dried)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • optional: red jalapeno pepper, sliced

Place shrimp in a bowl with 1 tbsp of oil, garlic, salt and red chili flakes. Toss to coat and let it marinade for at least 10 minutes.

In a skillet over medium high heat add 1 tbsp oil. Add onion and peppers and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer the onions and peppers to a bowl and set aside.

Add another tbsp of oil to the pan and cook the shrimp for 2 minutes on each side. Transfer shrimp to a plate and set aside.

In another bowl add the coconut milk, fish sauce, peanut butter, lime juice, brown sugar and ground ginger. Mix well.

Pour the coconut milk mixture into the skillet. Add cilantro and basil. Add peppers and onions and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the shrimp to the skillet. Toss to coat. Heat through quickly.

Serve over rice or noodles. Garnish with cilantro and green onions (or red jalapeńo if desired).


Bon Appétit!

Author: Gotham Foodie

Hello there, fellow foodies! My name is Erica, I was born and raised in Germany, and moved to the US, New York City to be exact, in July of 1987. I have worked most of my time here in the Big Apple as a bartender, but my true love is food. I cook just about every day, I search for good food everywhere, and pretty much always find it. I don't consider myself a food critic, I don't have the culinary background for that kind of expertise. I do however know good food, good chefs and good restaurants. I report back about my culinary adventures, and I choose to leave out my unsatisfactory experiences. We have enough negativity in our daily lives, I don't want to add to that. All the recipes in my FROM MY KITCHEN and DOTW blogs are cooked and prepared by me. All pictures are taken by me. I don't always eat everything you see in my pictures, but you bet your buns, I do try everything. Last but not least, you should know that I am a huge Top Chef fan. I have never missed an episode of the Bravo TV show. I have at this point visited almost 20 restaurants run by Top Chef contestants, and I'm continuously impressed by their skill, drive and passion. So I will continue to seek them out, and I hope you join me in my journey!

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