Chili Shrimp With Basil Recipe

ADVANCE PREPARATION: Shell the shrimp, then devein by cutting along the top of the curve, starting at the tail and making a progressively deeper cut so the knife nearly cuts through the shrimp at the thick end. Rinse out the vein. Bring a large amount of lightly salted water to a rapid boil and add the shrimp. Cook until shrimp are done, between 1 and 2 minutes. To test, cut a shrimp in half; it should be white in the center. Transfer the shrimp immediately to a bowl of ice water to cool. When chilled, drain and refrigerate until ready to use.

Step 1

Mince and place in separate containers the red pepper and chives. Finely chop the peanuts in a food processor and set aside. Combine the sauce ingredients and mix well.

LAST-MINUTE PREPARATION: Toss the shrimp with the sauce. Put in a decorative bowl and place the bowl in crushed ice. Sprinkle the shrimp with the red pepper, chives and peanuts. Serve at once.

Serves: 4 to 8 as an appetizer or 4 as a first course.

Things You'll Need

  • 1lb Raw medium shrimp
  • Salt
  • 1/2 Sweet red pepper
  • 8 Chives
  • 2tb Unsalted roasted peanuts
  • 2tb Fish sauce
  • 2tb Lime juice
  • 2tb Water
  • 2ts Sugar
  • 1ts Chinese chili sauce
  • 2 Garlic cloves - finely minced
  • 2tb Chopped fresh basil

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