Thursday, February 28, 2013

Healthy Coconut Shrimp

Last night, as I got home to whip up the yummy Baked Coconut Shrimp recipe my girl Cynthia from Cupcake Provocateur sent over I realized two things... 1) I was missing quite a few ingredients and 2) I was way too tired to go through each step and follow the recipe. No surprise there... by now you all should know I'm not the biggest fan of recipes, yet I love sharing my successful concoctions with you!

Anyway, I took the flavor elements of Cynthia's recipe and worked with what I had. I must say, I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. So that being said, here's an alternative (and slightly healthier) version of Coconut Shrimp.

Peeled, Cooked Shrimp (frozen is fine, just thaw fully)
Coconut Oil
Sweet Chili Sauce
Soy Sauce
Shelled Edamame
Brown Rice
Crushed Red Pepper
Sesame Oil (optional)
Orange Marmalade (I used New Year 3 Fruit Marmalade from Preservation Society
Coconut Water (optional)
Shredded Coconut, sweetened


Prepare your brown rice according to the directions on the package. 

Heat a spoonful of coconut oil in a saute pan over a medium heat. 

Add in thawed shrimp with a pinch of salt.  
Tip - if you're using a non-stick pan, drain the liquid from the pan are you're cooking. 

Add in 2 tablespoons of sweet chili sauce and a few shakes of soy sauce. Stir to cover each shrimp and lower heat.

At this time, in a small saucepan, heat a 2 heaping tablespoons of marmalade and a splash of coconut water until it melts down then set aside. 

When your rice is done, add in some crushed red pepper (according to how spicy you want it) and sesame oil with a pinch of salt.

Here's the tricky part. Over a very low flame in a dry, non-stick pan, add in a small handful of shredded coconut and toast until golden brown. Be sure to keep an eye on it and keep it moving by shaking the pan, it will burn very easily if unattended. 

Make a nice pile of brown rice in the center of your dish. Top with the shrimp and edamame mixture. 
Drizzle a bit of your marmalade glaze over the dish and sprinkle with toasted coconut.

See a quick video of the recipe here: