Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins
Found this on the net and made it for dinner tonight. It was fantastic! I bought shelled, deveined prawns, didn't bother with the salt bath and didn't pound the chillies. I also used regular basil as that's what I had. Said to serve 4 to 5 with rice and other dishes; two of us polished it off with rice. Recipe is from Dancing Shrimp: Favorite Thai Recipes for Seafood. Sauce can also be used on fish or substitute squid, scallops, shelled clams and mussels, or a combination of shellfish and mollusks for the shrimp.
- 1 lb medium shrimp
- 3 serrano peppers or 3 jalapeno peppers
- 1 cup rich unsweetened coconut cream (preferably Mae Ploy or Chao Koh brand -spoon the thickest cream off the top of an unshaken can of co)
- 2 -3 tablespoons red curry paste
- fish sauce, as needed (some packaged curry pastes are already heavily salted)
- 2 teaspoons palm sugar (to taste)
- 8 kaffir lime leaves, very finely slivered
- 1⁄2-1 cup Thai basil
- Shell, devein, and butterfly the shrimp; give them a saltwater bath to freshen. Rinse and drain well, and let sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before cooking.
- Cut two of the three red peppers into thin rounds, including seeds, and pound with a mortar and pestle to a coarse paste. Cut the other pepper with seeds into fine inch-long slivers.
- Heat 2/3 cup coconut cream in a wok or skillet over high heat. When it has warmed to a smooth consistency, spoon out 1 tablespoon and reserve. Reduce remaining cream for a few minutes until it is thick and bubbly and the oil begins to separate from the cream. Add curry paste, mushing it into the cream and fry, while stirring, over medium-high heat for a few minutes until it is aromatic and darker in color and the mixture is very thick.
- Increase heat to high and add the remaining 1/3 cup coconut cream, stirring to make a thick, well-blended sauce. Season to taste with fish sauce and palm sugar stirring well to melt sugar and blend seasonings. Toss in shrimp and cook in the sauce, stirring frequently. When the shrimp have lost their raw pink color on the outside, stir in the crushed chillies and kaffir lime leaves. Stir-fry 10 to 15 seconds before adding basil and slivered chilli. Stir well to wilt basil and, when shrimp are just cooked through, turn off heat.
- Transfer to a serving dish and drizzle reserved tablespoon of coconut cream over shrimp. Garnish with a sprig or two of basil.