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Lemongrass shrimp lollipops are the perfect app for any occasion, from parties to weekday Thai cravings.

Lemongrass Shrimp Lollipops


  • Paste:

  • 1 pound 16 -20 shrimp

  • 4 strips bacon

  • 8 cloves garlic

  • 1/2 tbsp flour

  • 1/2 tbsp potato starch

  • 2 tsp ginger, chopped

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 pinch black pepper

  • 2 celery stalks

  • 1 whole banana pepper. chopped

  • 1 red chili

  • 2 tsp of fish sauce

  • celery leaves from 4 stalks

  • 4 sprigs cilantro

  • Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar

  • 1/4 cup of fish sauce

  • 1 red chili, minced

  • 1 tsp brown sugar

  • lemongrass stalks, outer leaves peeled and cut into 6in

  • butter lettuce leaves

  • cilantro

  • mint

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  1. Place all the paste ingredients in the food processor. Roll the paste around top of lemongrass stalk.

  2. In a steamer insert, bring water to a boil. Steam pops for 5 minutes.

  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of brown sugar. Pan sear the pops for 2 to 4 minutes until golden brown.

  4. In a small bowl, mix the chili, garlic, vinegar and fish sauce. On a platter add fresh herbs, butter lettuce, pops and the sauce. Serve.

Lemongrass Shrimp Lollipops




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- Hi, I'm Alan Youssef, and today we're making lemongrass shrimp lollipops. They're quick to make, great when you have friends coming over, and perfect for those Thai cravings. Lemme show you how. Let's get cooking. In many parts of Asia people traditionally eat with their hands. I remember my family and I would gather round this long table with just food laid out on it. And we would just go for it. It just makes the eating experience that much more intimate. For this recipe you'll need shrimp, bacon, garlic, all-purpose flour, potato starch, ginger, brown sugar, black pepper, celery stalks, banana pepper, red chile, fish sauce, celery leaves, cilantro, rice wine vinegar, lettuce leaves, mint, lemongrass stalks. This is such a simple recipe and it's all about just putting the right ingredients together in our food processor really simply, then we're gonna stick it on these lemongrass sticks, make little skewers, little lollipops, steam it, sear it, quick, done, easy. So we're gonna start off with our shrimps. So these have been already cleaned, shelled. And we're gonna put them right into the food processor. And to that I'm gonna add some very, just quick basic ingredients. So I'm gonna start with a little bit of ginger. So each time I use a food processor I like to cut things a little before putting it in. But by cutting it up it actually gives us a more coherent paste, and something that comes together nicely as well. So the ginger goes right in. And to that we're gonna add a little bit of garlic. So we can go ahead and chop that up a little bit. That goes straight into the food processor as well. So to that we're gonna add one red Thai chili and then we're gonna add one banana pepper. And again we're gonna keep the seeds in there 'cause I like the heat that it brings to the dish. Finally we're gonna add a couple of celery leaves, and we're gonna keep some of the stalks in there as well. Just give that a rough chop and to that we're gonna add some cilantro as well. So you can keep the stalks 'cause I actually like the flavor and the crunch that it brings to everything. Now to help everything bind nicely we need some fat. So we're gonna use a little bit of bacon. So I've got about four strips here which I'm just gonna cut up. Put that in here. And now for everything to come in together nicely I'm gonna have some fish sauce in here. A little bit of black pepper, some potato starch, some all-purpose flour, and then a couple pinches of brown sugar. Once it's all come together and it looks like a dough, and it's something you can actually mold with your hands then you know it's pretty much ready. So what we're gonna do is prepare out skewers. So I got some lemongrass here. So what you wanna do is just kinda peel off that first outer layer. Cut off the bottom. And then each stick should give us about two skewers. So once our stalks are done you can go ahead and start forming our pops. So I've got my paste here which I'm just gonna transfer to a bowl. Now I'm gonna use a little bit of oil, put that on my hands so that it doesn't stick to me while we're making the lollipops. So you go ahead, grab one, about two tablespoons of our mixture and go ahead and start. Just making sure that it gets all around the stalk so that it won't fall when we put it into our steaming basket. Once one is done, you can go ahead and place it right into the steaming basket. So this will really help cook the shrimp and then once it's cooked we'll transfer it to a pan just to give it a nice sear. Once your skewers are done we can go ahead and close our steamer. So these'll be really quick. We'll leave it about five minutes. We're gonna go ahead and make a very simple Thai sauce, so I need some red chilies. Some brown sugar goes right inside the bowl with our chilies, and then I'm just gonna dilute that with some fish sauce and a bit of my rice wine vinegar right here. All we're looking to do is to dilute that sugar in the mix. It should be nice and spicy but nice and briny as well. So our shrimp looks pretty much done. So what I wanna do now is just get a nice brown color on it. So I've got a non-stick pan here with a little bit of oil. And we can go ahead and grab them and sear them really quickly onto the pan. As these are in the pan we're gonna go ahead and just help that caramelization with a tad bit of brown sugar, and a little bit of black pepper as well. You should take about one minute per side or until they're nice and brown, and then you can go ahead and just keep flippin' them around. Now that these are pretty much done you can go ahead and start plating. Transfer my sauce here. And these are great served as little wraps. So we're gonna put our lettuce down. So these are gonna serve as our cups. Then you can go ahead and grab a bunch of mint and put that to the side as well. And finally a tad bit of cilantro goes onto our wooden plate. Now that that's done you can go ahead, grab our skewers. So this is my version of a Thai-style lemongrass shrimp lollipop. So what I'm gonna do here is really simple. I'm gonna grab one of my skewers, put it with some lettuce and cilantro, some mint and eat right into it. Dip it into that sauce and it'll just come together absolutely beautifully. So I do urge you to try this at home, and to get cooking.

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