Shrimp Satay Skewer Shooters with Thai Spicy Peanut Sauce

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On nights where I can’t be bothered to cook, I begin to really miss college. Back then, I was young, impressionable, and a budding future food-fanatic, thanks to the many competing restaurants and extreme cultural diversity in the area. There was cuisine from nearly every country– from Lebanon to Italy to Ethiopia– and despite being the epitome of a broke college student, I tried them all.
Shrimp Satay Skewer Shooters with Thai Spicy Peanut Sauce
And even though I’ll admit that some of the “foreign food” wasn’t 100% authentic, it really did feel like I could sample the world’s flavors without ever having to set foot inside a plane, train, or automobile. (I had no car. Reference “broke college student” above. Luckily, all of these places were within walking distance of my apartment.) Out of all the things I tasted, all of the places I journeyed to by way of taste buds, it was Thai food that was by far my favorite.
I can’t say there are no Thai places in my area now that I’ve moved away, but none as close to my home (and as close to authentic Thai food) as they were when I was still in New Brunswick. Instead, now, lazy days are usually reserved for freezer meals or leftovers (we don’t judge here, remember?) and my more ambitious cooking days include a homemade Thai meal or two. Thai meals usually include a lot of prep and planning, so I typically avoid them unless I’m feeling ambitious. That is, until I discovered Shrimp Satay Skewers.
Shrimp Satay Skewer Shooters-- a great, simple, and impressive appetizer!
These are a breeze to put together if you have any typical Asian ingredients in your house (because most of the magic is through marinating), and they taste so, so, so good that you’ll hardly be able to wait to turn them into impressive appetizers for your friends and family.   Don’t be intimidated by the ingredients list– anything you don’t already have laying around should be easy to find and relatively inexpensive in the International aisle of your supermarket.  You can make the Shrimp Satay Skewers for dinner with the Thai Spicy Peanut Sauce on the side, but when you put it all together in little plastic disposable cups with simple shredded carrot and cilantro garnishes and you’ve got a beautiful hors d’ouvre on your hands! Everyone will be fighting over these tasty Thai treats, so make sure you make enough!

Shrimp Satay Skewer Shooters with Thai Spicy Peanut Sauce
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These Thai Shrimp Skewer Shooters are so delicious and impressive that you won't believe you can make them yourself! They're perfect for parties, or just ditch the plastic cup and eat them for dinner.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Asian
For the Shrimp:
  • 1 ½ lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • ½ tablespoon ground tumeric
  • ½ tablespoon fish sauce
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon red curry paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon dried ginger
For the Peanut Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon coconut “cream” floating on the top of the can of coconut milk
  • 1 ½ tablespoons red curry paste
  • ¼ cup unsweetened peanut butter
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Sriracha, to taste (optional)
For the garnish:
  • Shredded carrots (optional)
  • Fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Fresh chives (optional)
  • Sprouts (optional)
  • Roasted peanuts (optional)
For the Shrimp:
  1. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients except for the shrimp and mix well. Stir the shrimp in, cover, and marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Grill, sauté, or bake the shrimp (you can go free-style or thread the shrimp on bamboo skewers) until pink and cooked through.
For the Peanut Sauce:
  1. Heat the coconut cream in a medium sized, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the red curry and sauté for 1 minute.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer until thickened, about 3 minutes.
  3. Take the pot off the heat, let the sauce cool down to room temperature (or slightly warmer), and serve the sauce with satay.
To garnish:
  1. Add a spoonful or two of the Thai Spicy Peanut Sauce to the bottom of a disposable plastic cup for dipping. Sprinkle and arrange the garnish ingredients. Place the Shrimp Skewer in the cup and serve.


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  1. Heather says

    I made this this past weekend for the football game. A complete and total hit. Nothing left and rave reviews (even from someone that “claims” to hate Asian food). Thanks so much for the recipe.

  2. Irene says

    Morgan – wherever did you get those cute cups? I’ve been looking everywhere for some that are attractive. Gonna try this recipe this weekend.


  3. Debbie says

    How many cups does this typically make? I bought approx. 40 shrimp (2 pounds jumbo) with a plan of putting two shrimp on each skewer. Thanks!! Looks most yummy :)


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