Basil Shrimp Bites- Easy Shrimp Recipe
Inspired by Thailand’s colloquial Miang Kum appetizer where fresh, vibrant raw ingredients are wrapped in a spinach leaf and served with a sweet and savory sauce, I created these Basil Shrimp Bites. Very easy to make, this quick and easy shrimp recipe can be made ahead of time. It’s perfect for a flavorful dinner for one or two and easy to scale up for a large party. In this recipe, I use one and a half pounds of shrimp which gives me anywhere from 20 to 25 shrimp. For the basil leaves, shallots, ginger and lime wedges, you simply want to have the same number corresponding to the number of shrimp you have, e.g. if you have 20 shrimp, you’ll need 20 basil leaves, 20 slices of shallots and ginger and 20 wedges of lime. You can serve this as an appetizer at a party (put a small skewer through the shrimp and other ingredients) or for a simple dinner at home, you can serve the shrimp with a bed of jasmine rice or cold rice noodles.
1 1/2 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 1/2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon honey
1-2 tablespoons chili sauce (you can use sambal oelek, Sriracha or any thick chili paste you prefer)
~20-25 fresh large Italian basil leaves, washed and drained
~20-25 thin slices shallots
~20-25 thin slices fresh ginger
~20-25 thin slices lime wedges
Heat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together the shrimp, lime juice, fish sauce, honey and chili sauce until thoroughly combined. Set aside for ten minutes.
On a serving plate, arrange the basil leaves individually, placing a slice of shallot and a slice of ginger on each leaf.
Lay out the shrimp on a baking sheet and bake for 5 to 7 minutes until pinkish orange. Arrange the shrimp on the basil leaves. Top with the lime wedges and serve immediately.