Shrimp in Thai Coconut Sauce

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If you are looking for a dynamite shrimp recipe, this shrimp in Thai coconut sauce recipe is an easy take on the coconut curry stews of Thai cuisine. This curry recipe is full of shrimp and peppers, and the trademark tastes of Thai dishes like fish sauce, cilantro, and coconut milk. Heidi, the developer of this coconut curry recipe, provides a simple variation that you can use if desired; crushed Reese’s pieces puff cereal as a coating for the shrimp. The crushed cereal adds some crunch to the shrimp and a light peanut flavour but don’t worry if you choose not to opt for the crunchy breading since peanut butter goes into the sauce as well and will give you more than enough of that sweet and salty peanut taste.

Thai cuisine is built on the pillars of several tastes; sweet, salty, spicy, tangy, and umami, and this Thai shrimp curry recipe fits into that profile perfectly. The coconut milk adds sweetness and richness while the peanut butter adds salt. The spicy nature of this curry recipe is due to crushed red pepper flakes, the tanginess from lime, and the umami from fish sauce. Fish sauce is a common ingredient in Thai dishes, which has an umami flavour best described as a savoury taste. Umami can also be detected in foods like dried mushrooms, soy sauce, and even tomatoes. Fish sauce from south-east Asia is usually prepared from anchovies, which are packed in barrels with water and salt, then allowed to ferment. Fish sauce may seem like an odd flavour on its own, but it is capable of providing a savoury and meaty undertone in Asian dishes. The fishiness is barely detectable, but it helps bring curries, like this coconut shrimp Thai curry recipe, to life.

If you are wondering about coconut milk health benefits, it depends on the type of coconut milk you are using in your coconut curry recipe. Many store-bought coconut milks contain very high amounts of saturated fat, which is a fat primarily found in animal products and can raise cholesterol, and have a significant amount of calories, but it’s not all bad news where coconut milk is concerned. The nutritional value of coconut milk is also dependent on the fact that it is high in manganese, which is a mineral that helps different enzymes function throughout the body. From one cup of milk, which is what this shrimp curry recipe uses, you can also obtain 16% of your daily-recommended intake of iron. For an easy homemade coconut milk recipe, you just have to pulse shredded coconut that has been steeped in boiling water in a blender until the coconut-water mix looks like homogeneous milk. Then, you can strain it through cheese cloth to get rid of the coconut pulp.Thai curry recipes are so vibrant in colour and flavour that it isn’t any wonder why their popularity has spanned the globe. Thank you, Heidi, the author of ‘Foodiecrush’ recipe blog, for providing us with her showstopping shrimp in Thai coconut sauce recipe.

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