1.06.2011

Red Curry Shrimp with Rice Noodles

About a month ago, we read this recipe for "Thai Red Curry Shrimp Linguine" from the food blog My Tasty Handbook, and it sounded really, really good. Jump ahead to the other night, when we were craving Asian. Would it have been easier to order take-out? Well, duh! But the Christmas bills are rolling in, and unless we win MegaMillions (update: we did not win), they aren't going anywhere.

So, a tiny bit grudgingly, we put away the takeout menu, defrosted that bag of shrimp we had in the freezer and adapted the recipe to suit our tastes and what we had in the house. The spicy heat packed a flavorful punch but next time we'll try the original recipe, made with linguine. In ours, the rice sticks were a little gummy and soaked up every ounce of the sauce. We'd also add  more coconut milk, by the way. We admit, it was not our best meal, but it was still cheaper than takeout!

Ingredients:

2 1/2 tablespoons red curry paste
1 cup chicken broth
1 13.5-ounce can coconut milk
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 package rice noodles
1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup chopped green onions
juice of one lime
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
lime wedges for garnish

Soak the rice noodles in warm water for 30-45 minutes until tender but firm. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, stir the red curry paste until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the chicken broth, coconut milk, fish sauce and sugar, and whisk until paste dissolves. Bring to a boil and cook until sauce coats a wooden spoon, 7-10 minutes. Drain the rice noodles and add to the sauce. When they begin to stick, add the shrimp and green onions. Cook until shrimp turn pink, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes. Stir in the lime juice, then turn off heat. Serve garnished with cilantro and lime wedges.

8 comments:

Jessica said...

Good call! Cheaper and much less sodium too. And, it looks great to me!

The Duo Dishes said...

Sometimes the meal being cheaper than takeout is a good enough reason to do it. You can always try it again!

foodies at home said...

This looks fantastic! I am so trying this dish!

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

Sadly I did not win Megamillions either, but I will enjoy some homemade take-out with this recipe. I love an easy to follow curry recipe, especially one that doesn't involve a ton of crazy ingredients! Thanks!

Kita said...

I cant get enough of curry. The BF hates shrimp though :( - guess its a more for me kinda night, cuz this sounds great!

Jennifer-Adventuresome Kitchen said...

Good for you for staying in! I love love love Curry! What a fun and easy recipe!!

SimpleRecipes said...

Kent and I had this last night! It was absolutely delicious! Can't wait to have leftovers today. We made extra sauce, good tip! :)
Thanks for another great recipe!
Meredith from Simple Recipes

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