How’s your summer so far? I hope everyone has been busy firing out your grill, having endless pool parties, and more importantly, having a blast with your friends and family.
If you’re looking for new barbeque recipes and ideas, I wish to tempt you with my upcoming Asian-style BBQ recipes. Let’s start with this mouthwatering lemongrass grilled shrimp, spiced with Sriracha, and marinated with fish sauce, garlic, and jazzed up with a chili-calamansi (or lime) dipping sauce. Sounds so good already, right? But wait, my next two posts are Thai Chicken satay with peanut sauce and lobster roll!
This Vietnamese-style lemongrass grilled shrimp is extremely easy to make, but the taste is so amazing that you won’t believe they take less than 30 minutes to make. The highlight of the recipe is lemongrass—which imparts the distinct aroma and unique flavor to the grilled shrimp skewers. The fish sauce and garlic marinade further enhance the briny sweet taste of the fresh shrimp, and the spicy Sriracha lends that extra kick that everyone has grown to love.
Mr. Rasa Malaysia (who is unfortunately allergic to shrimp) kept saying “smell so good” as I eagerly removed the lemongrass grilled shrimp from my new grill. My friend gave me some fresh calamansi and I squeezed a little lit of the juice on the shrimp before serving….heavenly. You simply can’t go wrong with this lemongrass and Sriracha grilled shrimp recipe; I can say that very few grilled shrimp recipes tops this one.
Makes 6 skewers | Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 10 Minutes
1 lb tiger prawn or jumbo prawn, peeled, deveined, tails intact
6 metal skewers or bamboo kewers (soak in water before using)
Oil, for brushing
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 lemongrass, white part only, grated
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1 teaspoon Sriracha
1 (big) clove garlic, finely minced
Chili-Calamansi Dipping Sauce (optional):
1 1/2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
1 tablespoon water
1/2 tablespoon chopped cilantro leaves
1 small calamansi, extract the juice (or 1 wedge lime)
Clean the shrimp with cold running water. Pat dry with paper towels and transfer the shrimp into a bowl.
Add all the ingredients in the Marinade into the bowl. Stir to combine well with the shrimp. Marinate for 15 minutes. Thread three shrimp into each skewer. Brush the surface of the shrimp with some oil. Grill the shrimp on both sides until they are charred and cooked through. Serve immediately with the dipping sauce (optional).
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