I had nothing planned for dinner but a package of frozen jumbo shrimp inspired me. I decided to make a spicy Thai dish with lemongrass rice. I didn’t find any recipes online that matched the ingredients I had on hand. So I set about creating my own. I loved it! Michael felt it was too spicy so I prepared his shrimp separately in garlic butter sauce. He was happy so was I. Here’s how I made this delicious dish.
- 1 1/2 cups Basmati rice
- 1 1/2 cups coconut water
- 2 tsp lemongrass
- 1 tsp garlic puree
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 TBS olive oil
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 2 TBS chili paste
- Juice and zest from one lemon
- 1 pound of jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
PLace the water and coconut water in a rice cooker or saucepan. Add the garlic, lemongrass and salt. Stir to incorporate the seasonings into the rice. Cook according to the directions on your rice cooker or on the stovetop until rice is tender. While the rice is cooking start the sauce for the shrimp. Heat both oils in a large non-stick skillet. With the heat on medium low, add the garlic and chili paste. Cook for about a minute then add the lemon juice and zest. Stir to incorporate all the ingredients then remove from heat. When the rice is done, heat the spicy sauce on medium . When the skillet is hot, add the shrimp. Cook until the ship is pink on both sides, then a little extra to put a nice color on it. Serve the shrimp alongside the rice, garnished with snipped chives. Pour a little of the sauce over the shrimp after draining the grease off. This hot so have a cool beverage handy. The lemongrass rice is the perfect thing to cool it down too.
TIP: I didn’t chop garlic, peel lemongrass or make chili paste. I found these herb/spice blends in the produce section and use them all the time. They are so good and usually have two or three months before they expire. MY favorite is the chili pepper. I use it foreverything. The garlic paste is wonderful for garlic bread. Buying fresh herbs is nice but they often spoil before I can use them. These are a good everyday substitute.