Shrimp Satay with Peanut Sauce


  • 1/2 cup shallots, chopped
  • 1 + 1/2 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 red Thai chiles, stemmed (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper)
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup coconut milk
  • metal or wooden skewers, for grilling
  • chopped peanuts, for serving(optional)
  • fresh chopped cilantro, for serving (optional)
  • Peanut Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine or white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar or honey
  • 1 pound medium-large raw shrimp

  1. In a large bowl toss shrimp and lime juice together.
  2. Add shallots, sugar, salt, lime zest, nuts, garlic, chiles, and ginger to the bowl of food processor and pulse until pureed into a thick paste.
  3. Heat coconut oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add paste and cook, stirring, until oil separates from paste 4-6 minutes. Stir in coconut milk and remove from heat. Allow to cool and stir into shrimp. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours.
  4. One hour before cooking put your wooden skewers into water to soak so they don't burn on the grill.
  5. Make the dipping sauce by pulsing all the ingredients together in a food processor until smooth. Cover and refrigerate.
  6. Thread shrimp by running the skewer through the body twice - so they look like the letter c.
  7. Grill turning once about 4-6 minutes total depending on the size of your shrimp. Alternately you can broil them or bake them in a single layer on 425 degrees F. watching them closely - once they start to curl they're ready - about 10-12 minutes depending on the size of your shrimp.
  8. Remove to a large platter and drizzle with peanut sauce, sprinkle with peanuts and cilantro. To serve family style remove the shrimp from the skewers and layer on a platter; drizzle peanut sauce over top; sprinkle with chopped peanuts and chopped cilantro.

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