Summer-Fresh Shrimp Thai Lettuce Appetizers

By • September 25, 2012 • 8 Comments

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Author Notes: I was looking for a fresh appetizer to serve outside on a warm breezy evening on the deck, and had some fresh pineapple and shrimp on hand. I adjusted an Emeril published recipe which included pineapple lettuce wraps to suite my needs, and was very pleased with the results! I served these to guests on a large platter and they disappeared before I could get halfway around the deck :)ChefFace

Serves 8

  • 1.5 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled, deveined
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 2 limes: reserve juice and zest
  • 4 tablespoons sweet thai chili sauce OR siracha, depending on taste
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1.5 cups chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 1-2 head butter lettuce
  • 1.5 cups fresh chopped (chunks) pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 cup crushed roasted peanuts (unsalted)
  1. Heat grapeseed oil in large skillet over medium heat. Saute shrimp about 1-2 minutes each side, until just pink.
  2. Set shrimp aside and let cool
  3. Whisk together lime juice, sugar, chili sauce, fish sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil. Pour 1/2 mixture over shrimp. Stir and let shrimp chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Stir the rest of the lime mixture in with cilantro, peanuts, lime zest, and crushed red pepper flakes.
  5. When ready to service, tear palm sized leaves off of lettuce head. Place a large spoonful of pineapple in center of each wrap. Then add 1-2 pieces of marinated cold shrimp.
  6. Pour the remaining thai sauce (with peanuts and cilantro and zest) over the top of the lettuce leaves.
  7. Serve those hungry guests!
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about 1 year ago Chrissie64

Hi - I notice the recipe directions call for sugar but the ingredients don't say how much...any advice. And also what atomic said...Sriracha OK?

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about 1 year ago ChefFace

Hey friend, thanks for pointing that out! Having difficulty editing the recipe, 2tbsp raw sugar if you have it, 1 1/2 tbsp. regular white granulated if you don't :)

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about 1 year ago Chrissie64

Thanks ChefFace! Great recipe!

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about 1 year ago ChefFace

Thank you!! :)

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over 1 year ago Atomic76

Sounds great, will definitely give this a try. I noticed you left the peanuts off the ingredient list, fyi. With regards to the Thai chili sauce, is that the hot stuff like Sriracha, or the sweet kind that is translucent with flakes of chili in it?

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about 1 year ago ChefFace

Sweet thai chili sauce, but siracha would be delicious too, esp if you like it spicy! not all my guests did, so the sweet sauce is a good in between :)

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about 1 year ago ChefFace

And sorry! peanuts about 1 cup roasted (unsalted) crushed... for some reason when I update the recipe it doesn't save to this page? sorry!

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almost 2 years ago chef-nogluten

These are AMAZING!