Monday, July 19, 2010

My Taste Buds Are Back From Vacation

OMG…my taste buds just got back from a vacation on the island of AMAZING FLAVORS!!!  I am DYING over this dish!!  I’m usually not one who goes for the recipes where random ingredients are required, but somethin’ was tellin’ me to give this one a try.  I’ve never cooked with coconut milk before, but I watch the contestants on Top Chef do it all the time, so I figured that made me well qualified to cook this meal.  I am SO unbelievably happy I didn’t skip over this one because I seriously can’t begin to tell you how amazingly tasty it is.  Make a date with these ingredients as fast as you can.  You don’t want your taste buds to miss out any longer!!!!


1 lb. jumbo shrimp, peeled & deveined

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil {I used Bertolli}

1 red bell pepper, sliced thin

4 green onions, sliced thin

1/2 cup cilantro

4 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper

1 {14 oz.} can diced tomato

1 {14 oz.} can coconut milk {I used Imperial Dragon}

1/2 lime, squeezed

Kosher salt


I couldn’t find anyone at the seafood counter to help me, so I opted for frozen shrimp instead of fresh.  It took a little time to peel and devein the shrimp, but it was worth it!!!!

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Thinly slice the red peppers and add them to a skillet with oil.  Heat on low and saute until soft {or for about 4-5 minutes}. 

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Meanwhile, thinly slice the green onions and add the whites, cilantro, red pepper flakes, and garlic to the skillet and cook for 1 minute.

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Add the diced tomatoes, coconut milk, and salt {to taste}.  Cover and simmer on low for about 10 minutes to let the flavors blend together and to thicken the sauce.

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Add the raw shrimp and cook for about 5 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through and pink. 

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Now squeeze half of a lime into the mixture and stir well.  Serve over rice, top with green onions, and ENJOY!!!!!!

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Honestly y’all…this is outta this world!!!  I seriously felt very Top Chef and it wasn’t hard to make AT.ALL!!!  Mr. Spouse and I LOVED the flavor and how NOT heavy it was.  It’s one of those meals that fills you up but doesn’t leave you feeling stuffed.  Just PERFECT!  I promise you’ll thank me if you give it a try!  We paired it with a Pina Colada Slush and we felt like we were back in Jamaica!  Yea Mon!

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  1. OMG, this sounds amazing. I've never cooked or even tried coconut milk. I have to ask does it taste much like coconut. My husband doesn't like coconut, but he loves SHRIMP. I think he would love this dish but not sure about the coconut milk. What do you think?

  2. This was so delicious! Thank you! Is this an original recipe of yours? If it's from a cookbook, could you please share the name? Any cookbook with this recipeinside must be worth buying!!!