Memorial Day

Summer-Fresh Shrimp Thai Lettuce Appetizers

September 25, 2012
3 Ratings
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)
In This Recipe
  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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