Baked Thai Chili-Garlic Shrimp

Baked Thai Chili-Garlic Shrimp

The Spruce Eats / Qi Ai

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 6 mins
Total: 26 mins
Servings: 2 to 3 servings

This wonderful Thai shrimp recipe is easy to make and superb for a party. Medium to jumbo shrimp are tossed in a spicy chili-garlic sauce, then broiled in the oven for just a few minutes. Add toothpicks and serve as a party food, or enjoy with rice as a main entree. This spicy shrimp recipe will be a hit with your friends and family, and it's ready in less than 30 minutes! Includes make-ahead tips for parties.

Ingredients

  • 10 to 20 medium to large shrimp (fresh or thawed from frozen)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce (available in tall bottles at Asian/Chinese food stores)
  • 1/2 to 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper (for mild to spicy)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar (heaping)
  • 1/3 to 1/2 teaspoon shrimp paste (available by the jar at Asian/Chinese food stores)
  • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 chili (fresh, minced or 1/2 teaspoon dried chili flakes)
  • 2 makrut lime leaves (snipped into thin strips with scissors, central stem removed)
  • To Garnish: cilantro, lime wedges

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients to make Thai chili-garlic shrimp

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  2. Remove shells from shrimp, except for tails. Butterfly shrimp by cutting down the length of the back (shallow cuts).

    Bowl of raw, shelled shrimp

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  3. Place all other ingredients in a mini-chopper or food processor and process well to form a chili-garlic sauce.

    Garlic-chili sauce in food processor

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  4. Pour the sauce over the shrimp in a medium bowl, and gently stir/toss to mix. Allow it to marinate for 5 minutes while your oven heats up. Turn oven to broil setting.

    A bowl of raw shrimp in garlic-chili marinade

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  5. Lay shrimp on their sides on a baking sheet. Place sheet on the second or top-most rung of your oven under the broiler and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until shrimp are sizzling and steaming, then turn shrimp to cook the other side. If you have any left-over marinade, spoon it over the shrimp. Broil another 3 to 4 minutes, or until shrimp are plump and opaque.

    A baking sheet with cooked shrimp

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  6. Garnish with wedges of lime and a sprinkling of fresh coriander/cilantro. ​

    A baking sheet with cooked shrimp, lime wedges, and cilantro

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Glass Bakeware Warning

Do not use glass bakeware when broiling or when a recipe calls to add liquid to a hot pan, as glass may explode. Even if it states oven-safe or heat resistant, tempered glass products can, and do, break occasionally.

Tips

  • If you are having this dish for dinner, you can make extra sauce to serve on the side - it's excellent with rice!
  • To double the recipe, use 1 1/2 tablespoons of capers, 6 tablespoons of butter, 1 large clove of garlic, 1/4 cup of lemon juice, and 2 teaspoons of lemon zest.
  • Prepare the sauce up to a week in advance and keep in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. Take out an hour before you'll be cooking and pour over the shrimp.
  • If you're using fresh shrimp, you can toss them in the sauce and freeze them. Take them out of the freezer an hour before your party, then quickly broil when guests arrive.

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