This flavourful shrimp in coconut sauce with vegetables makes a healthy, delicious family friendly weeknight dinner. Made using a handful of everyday ingredients the dish comes together in just over 20 minutes.
Start by cooking the shrimp. In a large non-stick pan heat up 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil, add the shrimp, season and stir fry over a fairly high heat for 3-5 minutes (depending on the size of your shrimp) until pink. Transfer the shrimp into a bowl.
To the pan add the remaining oil, heat up then add the chopped shallots, garlic and chilli pepper. Cook for 3 minutes over a medium/low heat until softened stirring often.Add the tomato and pepper and cook for 2 minutes stirring often.
Pour in the coconut milk, add the stock cube half and chopped thai basil, cover and bring to the boil then simmer for 8 minutes to let all the flavours blend together, stirring occasionally.
Stir in the shrimp (along with the juices) and heat the mixture up again briefly.Remove from the heat, scatter the lime zest, chopped scallions (spring onions) and drizzle a little lime juice over the dish. Serve immediately.
Pat dry the shrimp before cooking using paper towel.
Use either medium/large shrimp or prawns. Stir fry until pink then remove from the pan.
Chop the vegetables quite finely so that they naturally thicken the sauce.
Don’t use too much lime juice or the sauce might become too sour (it already contains a tomato). A little drizzle will suffice.
Make ahead: You can prepare the sauce ahead and once completely cooled refrigerate for a couple of days. When ready to serve heat up the sauce then cook the shrimp (as per Instructions) and stir into the sauce.
You may only need to season the shrimp as the sauce contains vegetable stock and will probably not need any more salt. Add pepper to taste.
Best served immediately. Serve with rice (any) or soft bread to soak up all the delicious sauce.
Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 3 days.
The sauce (not the shrimp) can be frozen for up to 3 months. When ready to serve defrost and heat it up, stir fry the shrimp and add into the sauce.