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Shrimp with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Simple grilled shrimp are paired with a 4-ingredient spicy peanut sauce to create a quick appetizer or weeknight dinner.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Author Liz


  • 1 1/2-2 lbs. large shrimp
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium limes
  • 1/2 c. creamy natural peanut butter
  • 2 tsp. Asian garlic chili paste or sauce more to taste
  • 3 Tbs. chopped fresh mint more for garnish


  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.

  2. While grill is warming up, season shrimp lightly, on both sides, with salt and pepper. Either thread shrimp onto presoaked wooden skewers (or use metal skewers) or place in a grill basket. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side, until hot.

  3. In a food processor, combine zest from 1 lime, juice from two limes, peanut butter, garlic chili sauce, 3 Tbs. mint, and 1/4 c. cold water. Process until smooth. Taste - add additional chili paste if you'd like a spicier sauce. Add an additional tablespoon or two of water and/or lime juice for a looser consistency.

  4. Serve with cooked shrimp, either hot or at room temperature.