Indulge in Thai-inspired goodness with our Grilled Sweet Chili Shrimp. Savory, sweet, and spicy, featuring sambal oelek chili-garlic sauce. Recipe by Glenn Connaughton. Read more about Glenn here.
Sweet Chili Shrimp
This recipe is a sweet, savory, and spicy Thai-inspired dish that is easy to make and can be done in 15 minutes. This dish features a chili-garlic sauce called sambal oelek, which is found in the international aisle of most grocery stores. It comes in a plastic jar and typically features a rooster on the label with a green lid; it should not be confused with sriracha.
2poundsraw extra-jumbo16/20 shrimp, peeled and deveined
In a small bowl, stir together the chili sauce, sambal oelek, lime juice, sugar, and salt.
Place the shrimp in a gallon-size zip-top bag and add half the marinade. Reserve the remaining marinade. Seal the bag while pressing out any air. Massage the sauce over the shrimp.
Preheat the grill to high heat (400°F) for direct heat cooking by lighting the heat source (or piling coals) in the spot that will be directly under the food. Put the oil on a folded paper towel and use a large pair of tongs to wipe down the grill grate with it.
Using the tongs, place the shrimp on the grill and discard the marinade from the bag. Grill the shrimp for 5 minutes, flip them, and grill for 4 to 5 minutes more. The shrimp are done when they start to curl and the outsides are pink.
Serve immediately with the reserved marinade for dipping.
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