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Tart and Spicy Shrimp on Sugar Cane

Tart and Spicy Shrimp on Sugar Cane
YIELDS
4 servings

Your local Asian grocery store will carry Sriracha, tamarind, and sugar cane. You can use regular Asian hot chile sauce, a couple squeezes of fresh lemon juice, and regular skewers instead. Yield is 4 servings.

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Ingredients

Spicy Peanut Sauce

1
Tbsp tamarind, from a tamarind block
Tbsp hot water
2
Tbsp vegetable oil
3
green Onion, chopped, finely
1
clove garlic, minced
1
Tbsp finely grated peeled fresh gingerroot
1
cup water
¾
cup chunky peanut butter
3
Tbsp soya sauce
3
Tbsp distilled white vinegar
2 ½
Tbsp firmly packed brown sugar
¼
tsp dried hot red pepper, flakes
1 ½
tsp Sriracha, (Asian chili sauce)

Shrimp

1 ½
Tbsp chopped cleaned fresh cilantro, roots and/or stems, Pounded to paste
2
tsp peanut oil
1 ½
Tbsp minced garlic
1
Tbsp Sriracha, or any other Asian chili sauce
1
Tbsp palm sugar, to taste
1
Tbsp reserved tamarind, pulp
1
Tbsp asian fish sauce, or to taste
1 ½
lb(s) large shrimp, cleaned
4
sugar, cane, strips, to skewer the shrimp
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Directions

Step 1

Dissolve tamarind in 1/3 cup of hot water. Strain to get taramind pulp.

Step 2

In a saucepan heat oil over moderate heat until hot but not smoking and cook green onions, garlic and ginger, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Step 3

Stir in 1 tbsp. of the tamarind pulp, reserving the rest for the shrimp. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer, stirring.

Step 4

Simmer sauce, stirring, until smooth and cool to room temperature.

Step 5

Sauce may be made up to 3 days ahead and chilled, covered.

Step 6

If sauce is too thick after chilling, stir in 1 to 2 tablespoons hot water until sauce reaches desired consistency.

Step 7

Heat oil in a medium saucepan and add cilantro stems and garlic.

Step 8

Cook for a minute and add chile sauce, palm sugar, 1 tbsp. of the tamarind pulp and fish sauce. Let cool.

Step 9

Marinate shrimp overnight in the refrigerator.

Step 10

Preheat a grill on medium heat.

Step 11

Skewer the shrimp with the sugar cane strips.

Step 12

Grill 2 minutes per side or until golden and cooked.

Step 13

Serve with the peanut sauce.

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