Grilled Prawns with a Spicy Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette

Grilled Prawns with a Spicy Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette

Grilled Prawns with a Spicy Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette

  • Prep

    1 h

  • Cook

    4 m

  • Ready In

    1 h 24 m

Recipe By:Ryan Nomura
“This Thai-inspired sauce also goes well with chicken, pork, or lamb.”


  • 1/4 cup minced lemon grass (white part only)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh ginger root
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Thai or serrano chile pepper, minced
  • 3/4 cup peanut or canola oil
  • 2 pounds extra large shrimp (16-20), peeled and deveined, tail left on
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mirin (Japanese sweet wine)
  • 2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 3 tablespoons grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 2 fresh Thai or Serrano chile, seeds removed
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup smooth, unsalted peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup unsalted roasted peanuts, chopped
  • Kosher salt to taste


  1. Stir together lemon grass, 1/4 cup ginger, garlic, cilantro, 1 minced chile, and 3/4 cup peanut oil in a large bowl. Add the shrimp, and toss to coat; let marinate at room temperature for 20 to 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat a grill for medium-high heat.
  3. Meanwhile, pour lime juice, rice vinegar, mirin, soy sauce, and water into the bowl of a blender or food processor. Add the lime zest, 1 tablespoon ginger, fish sauce, 2 chile peppers, garlic, and peanut butter; process until smooth. While processing, slowly pour in the peanut oil; process until smooth and creamy. Pour into a bowl, stir in mint, cilantro and chopped peanuts; season to taste with salt.
  4. Remove shrimp from marinade, shaking off any excess. Grill on preheated grill until pink and firm, about 2 minutes per side. Serve immediately with sauce.

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