Recipe courtesy of John Greeley

Saute Spicy Shrimp, Pea Shoots with Roasted Corn and Chile-Mango Whiskey Sauce

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra

12 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 bunch fresh pea shoots

2 ears corn, shucked

1 cup Chile-Mango Whiskey Sauce, recipe follows

2 tablespoons chopped fresh chervil

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

1 lime, cut into thirds

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chile-Mango Whiskey Sauce

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 1/2 cups peeled, large-dice fresh mango

1 tablespoon sliced scallions (white part only)

1 tablespoon peeled and thinly sliced fresh ginger

1 Thai chile, seeds removed and minced

6 ounces or 3/4 cup whiskey

1 tablespoon honey

1/4 teaspoon finely ground mace blade

1/4 teaspoon finely ground star anise

Juice of 1 lime


  1. Season the shrimp with salt, and pepper, to taste. In a medium saute pan, warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and saute. Cook the shrimp on both sides for 3 to 4 minutes. When the shrimp is cooked, place the shrimp in a bowl with a touch of olive oil, to taste, the chervil, fresh dill, and lime juice. Cook's Note: Save a little lime juice for the pea shoots. Mix the ingredients together to evenly coat the shrimp.
  2. Heat a cast iron griddle or grill on medium-high flame. Grill the corn until just roasted. After roasting, remove the corn kernels from the cob and set aside to serve.
  3. In a small bowl, dress the pea shoots with a little olive oil and the remaining lime juice.
  4. To serve: Place a small pile of corn on a plate. Spoon on some Chile-Mango Whiskey Sauce. Top with 3 shrimp per plate. Garnish with the dressed pea shoots.

Chile-Mango Whiskey Sauce

Yield: 4 (1/2 cup) portions or 2 cups.
  1. In a medium fry pan, add the olive oil and place over medium high heat. Add the mango, scallions, ginger, and chile and begin to saute together. Saute for about 3 minutes and the mango will start to break down. When this happens pull the pan off the heat and holding the pan away from the flame or heat, add the whiskey. Return the pan to the flame or heat and while holding at an angle, light the whiskey and flambe.
  2. Once the alcohol has cooked out and the flames from the flambe have diminished, add the honey and orange juice and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove and transfer the sauce into blender. Add the mace blade, star anise, and lime juice, and carefully puree. Set aside until ready to use.

Cook’s Note

If needed, you should light the whiskey with a match. Be careful of the flames.