Sambal Shrimp

Total Time:
2 hr 30 min
2 hr 25 min
5 min

6-8 servings

  • 2 cups sambal oelek (Indonesian-style chile sauce)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil
  • 3 pounds head-on shrimp (less than 10 per pound), peeled and deveined, head and tail segments left intact
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh mint
  • In a medium bowl, combine the sambal, sugar, lime juice, olive oil, garlic, ginger, mirin, fish sauce and sesame oil and whisk well. Let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.

  • Place the shrimp and all but 1/2 cup of the marinade in a 1-gallon resealable plastic food storage bag. Reserve the remaining marinade. Let the shrimp marinate 1 hour.

  • Preheat a grill to medium high. Remove the shrimp from the marinade. Place the shrimp on the grill and cook until they are just cooked through, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes per side.

  • Place the shrimp in a large bowl and add the reserved 1/2 cup marinade along with the cilantro and mint. Toss well to combine. Transfer the shrimp to a large serving bowl or platter and serve immediately.

  • Photograph by Andrew Mccaul

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