Tamarind Shrimp and “Secrets of the Red Lantern” cookbook Winner


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To celebrate this wonderful gathering of ideas and participation, we made this simple and addicting tamarind shrimp dish. All we did was used the leftover tamarind sauce from the tamarind crab dish. This versatile tamarind sauce/marinade/dressing can be used on so many different types of meats, seafoods and vegetables. Again, the tamarind sauce  is from the  this trio of talented Aussies chefs. The tamarind shrimp  and the tamarind crab recipes are  just two small examples of the rich culinary inspiration that you’ll find in Secrets of The Red Lantern. If you want to delve further in to Vietnamese cuisine, go pick up a book today.


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Tamarind Shrimp Recipe

Yield: 2-4 Servings

Total Time: 15 minutes

Adapted from the Tamarind Crab recipe from Secrets of the Red Lantern


For the tamarind /plum sauce:

  • 4 1/2 ounces tamarind paste, without the seeds
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 1/2 cup plum sauce
  • 1/2 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar

For the Shrimp

  • about 2 lbs shrimp, shelled & deveined or with shell on.. We prefer the shell on, so the photograph shows un-peeled shrimp.
  • 6 scallions ( green onions)
  • 5 red chili peppers
  • about 3 Tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/2 cup tamarind and plum sauce
  • 1 large handful cilantro leaves


Make Sauce

  1. In saucepan, water, tamarind paste, plum sauce, oyster sauce and sugar. Bring to a boil and combine well.
  2. Set aside.

For the Shrimp:.

  1. Cut the scallions into 1″ lengths and finely slice the chilies.
  2. In large wok or large deep sauce pan, add oil. Let oil heat for a few seconds, then add shrimp. Cook shrimp for about 3 minutes then add chili’s and half of the scallions and toss well to combine ingredients. Add the tamarind and plum sauce.
  3. Continue cooking shrimp for about another 5 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked (depending on how big the shrimp are). Plate shrimp and garnish with remaining chopped scallions, chili and/or cilantro leaves.
Recipe Source: WhiteOnRiceCouple.com.

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