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Grilled Shrimp with Fiery Lemongrass Chile Sambal

grilled shrimp with fiery lemongrass sambal

Today on Adventures In The Kitchen radio we are talking about The Global Table so thought I would try something global for the blog. What I ended up making is an adaptation of Bon Appetit’s Grilled Shrimp with Lemon grass Chili Sambal.

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The sambal looks like a lot of ingredients but they all end up in the food processor. Be warned it is hot and spicy. It will keep in the refrigerator and can be used to spice up sauces and stir fry’s.

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Grilled Shrimp with Fiery Lemongrass Chile Sambal

adapted from epicurious.com

2 serrano chiles, seeded coarsley chopped
1 1/2 cups coarsely chopped shallots
1/4 cup fresh ginger
6 macadamia nuts
2 tablespoons chopped lemongrass
4 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons golden brown sugar
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon paprik
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon macadamia oil
1 tablespoon sesame oil

Shrimp Marinade

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 pounds uncooked peeled large shrimp

For sambal :
Combine 2 serrano chilies and next 12 ingredients in processor. Using on/off turns, blend until finely chopped and paste forms. If spicier sambal is desired, add more chopped chiles to taste and blend again until paste forms. Transfer sambal to small bowl. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add sambal and cook until fragrant and lightly browned, stirring constantly and adding more oil by tablespoonfuls if mixture is dry, about 7 minutes. Add 1 cup water; reduce heat to medium and simmer until most of water is absorbed but mixture is still creamy, stirring often, about 4 minutes. Transfer to small bowl and cool.

Whisk lime juice, 3 tablespoons oil, and 2 tablespoons sambal in small bowl.

If using unpeeled shrimp, use kitchen scissors to cut shrimp shell along rounded back of tail; scrape out vein with tip of bamboo skewer or tip of small knife. Place peeled or unpeeled shrimp in large glass baking dish. Brush shrimp all over with marinade. Allow shrimp to marinate at room temperature at least 15 minutes and up to 30 minutes.

Heat a grill or grill pan and coat with oil. Grill shrimp until just opaque in center, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer shrimp to platter. Rewarm remaining sambal and serve alongside for dipping or for spooning atop shrimp.