Asian Pesto with Grilled Shrimp

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 55 min
  • Prep: 45 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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3/4 cup roasted peanuts

4 Serrano chiles

3 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon minced ginger

Juice of 3 limes

2 tablespoons fish sauce (3 Crab brand)

1/2 cup peanut oil (Lion and Globe brand)

1/2 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

2 cups Thai basil leaves

1 cup cilantro leaves

1 cup mint leaves

Canola oil

12 large shrimp, peeled, deveined, tail on

Salt and black pepper to taste

1 head baby romaine chiffonade


  1. In a food processor: puree peanuts, chiles, garlic, ginger, lime juice, fish sauce, oil, salt and sugar until smooth. Do not overmix as you can heat the mixture. Add the herbs and puree smooth. Check for seasoning. Oil shrimp on both sides and season. Grill on both sides for about 5 minutes total.
  2. Place a layer of romaine on a plate. Lay 3 grilled shrimp on top and liberally drizzle with pesto.