Zesty Thai Lemon-Lime Shrimp

Zesty Thai Lemon-Lime Shrimp

This Thai shrimp recipe features lemon and lime flavors for the ultimate shrimp dish. Coconut milk gives it a light yet rich flavor.
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  • Serves: 4 persons



  1. Step 1

    In a cup or small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice , honey, shrimp paste, fish sauce, and turmeric. If using frozen prepared lemongrass and dried crushed chili, add those to the mixture as well. Stir until honey is dissolved. Set aside.
  2. Step 2

    Warm a wok or large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 2-3 Tbsp. oil and swirl around, then add the shallots or onion, garlic, fresh red chili (if using) and makrut lime leaves. If using fresh lemongrass , add it now as well. Stir-fry 2-3 minutes, or until the spices are fragrant and the shallots/onion have softened.
  3. Step 3

    Add the prepared lemon mixture (from step 1) plus the shrimp. Stir-fry 2-3 minutes, or until the shrimp are pink and plump (avoid over-cooking, or they will lose their succulence).
  4. Step 4

    Reduce heat to medium-low. Add 3 to 4 Tbsp. coconut milk, stirring gently to incorporate. Finally, sprinkle over the lime zest and stir again.
  5. Step 5

    Remove from heat and taste-test for a balance of sweet, sour, and salty flavors. Add more fish sauce if more salt is needed, or a little sugar or honey if too sour. If too sweet or salty for your taste, add another squeeze of lemon or lime juice. If too spicy or pungent for your taste, add another Tbsp. or two of coconut milk.
  6. Step 6

    Add a final topping of fresh coriander and serve immediately with plain rice or saffron rice. (This dish is also nice over noodles/pasta). Enjoy!