Sunday, March 25, 2012

Thai Basil Shrimp (Salad)

Thai Basil dishes are one of my favorite go to dishes if I'm in the mood for some exotic Thai food.  I really was in the mood for this dish when I realized I did not have brown rice to accompany it.  Most stir fries style dishes are usually accompanied by rice so I had to take a look at what I could substitute for the rice and that's when I saw some beautiful salad fixings calling out to me.  I always say the Thai Basil sauce is incredible so why not test it out as a "salad dressing".  I prepared a salad of romaine lettuce, cucumber and red onions then topped it with the shrimp Thai basil stir fry and it was fantastic.  I also added some toasted sesame seeds for crunch and I fell in love with this idea of low carb stir fries meals.  Now I realize that rice is no longer a necessity.  Of course you can still eat your stir fry over rice if you like, but this is a wonderful low carb option and that I will definitely try again.

1lb cleaned shrimp
1 Tbs of grated garlic cloves
Thinly slice sweet peppers (or bell peppers)
2 large handfuls of Thai Basil (this is a must for the dish to get it's authentic flavor)
1 bunch of spring onions chopped.
red chili flakes and black pepper to taste

** you can also add other vegetables in the dish.  If you add a lot more vegetables you will need to adjust your sauce accordingly.
The sauce
Mix together
1/4 cup fish sauce
1Tbs of Soy Sauce
2Tbs of brown sugar. 
1/4 cup of water

Set aside until later.

Note:  Fish sauce is very authentic to Thai cooking so it is something you want in your pantry for a lot of your Asian recipes.

 Heat a large wok with 1 Tbs of canola oil on high heat. Once the oil is hot add the garlic and stir fry for 30 seconds.  Then add the peppers, green chilies and green onions. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes.
**do not burn the garlic
Then add the shrimp and the Thai Basil leaves. Stir fry for another 1 minute.

Finally add the prepared sauce.  Stir fry and allow all the ingredients to cook through.  Serve with rice or over a salad like I did. Enjoy.

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  1. colourful delicious shrimp dish looks wonderful

  2. This sounds amazing - and I love that you replaced rice with salad! very smart, and I bet it was a tasty meal :)

  3. I totally ADORE shrimp, especially in a salad like this one! LECKER! I'm just now getting around to some comment love again, hope all is well. Just wanted to mention, too, that last week I gave you the "Sunshine" award - FYI! XO

  4. Wow,,,another great recipe from you,Healthy,Yummy and flavorful salad, i love everything in it :)

  5. I probably couldn't convince my husband that this was a complete meal...he doesn't believe salads can be meals in and of themselves, but I love it. Great dish as warmer temperatures are sweeping the nation. Yum!

  6. Love this. I'm horrible and will usually substitute spaghetti for rice (for some reason, spaghetti/any type of noodle is about the only carb I like), but getting rid of the carb altogether in favor of more vegetables is brilliant. I need to buy fish sauce so I can make this.

  7. This is a great suggestion! Loved it!

  8. This is a great salad for spring! I love anything with Thai Basil.

  9. Very flavourful! I like the sprinkling of sesame seeds.

  10. That dish is to die for. All the colors and flavors of the rainbow.

  11. Such a colourful, crunchy and wholesome salad! Delicious!

  12. What a colourful beautiful salad my friend :D
    Looks simply stunning! And though I cannot eat with shrimp, I can always eat without ;)

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  13. Your photography skills are soaring girl! What a vibrant, delicious and healthy meal. Gold star for you!

  14. I love this as a salad! I try to do the same thing, dishes I would usually like over rice or pasta, make into a salad. Thai basil is so easy to find here, you always remind me I've got to cook with it more!

  15. As always your presentation and pictures make me want to jump into my computer screen and eat the meal. Very beautiful Ramona!

  16. Ramona, this looks so scrumptious! I love all the flavors you used in this dish. I'm always a sucker for delicious Thai food :-) Great job!

  17. I love how bright and colorful you dishes are! This looks like such a great salad! So healthful and flavorful looking!

  18. That looks insanely delicious. I could possibly eat it every single day of the week. Heh.

  19. Thai food is SO my jam when i want something exotic too, and this salad is like the perfect lunch or dinner for me. can't wait to make this! beautiful photos...they make me hungry. :)


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