Garlic Chili Shrimp

Introduction: Garlic Chili Shrimp

About: I am usually not happy with anything off the shelf so I like to make things work the way I want.
  • ¼ Tbsp Butter
  • 6 Large Shrimp
  • 1 Clove of Garlic (Minced)
  • Scallion
  • 2 Tbsp Sambal Oelek (Chili Sauce from Huy Fong Food Inc., the makers of the Sriracha Rooster Sauce
This is for an appetizer or side portion of shrimp for a single person.  The recipe can be easily multiplied but I would not recommend as an entree size portion of these shrimp.  They are quite spicy and the heat builds up as you eat them.

Step 1: The Sambal Oelek

The Sambal Oelek can be found in most grocery stores in the Asian food section next to the Sriracha.  This is mostly vinegar and chilies that has not been flavored with other ingredients.  We will be cooking with this and using it raw for two different flavor profiles.  We will also be seasoning the shrimp with garlic.  This stuff is pretty spicy so be careful when using salt, as it is easy to oversalt spicy foods.

Step 2: Cooking the Shrimp

Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat.  When the butter has melted and the bubbles are starting to subside, toss in the shrimp (peeled and deveined).  When the shrimp are starting to turn pink, turn the shrimp over and toss in the minced garlic and 1 Tbsp of the hot sauce.  Cook for until the shrimp are cooked through, probably for another minute or two.

Step 3: Plating and Serving

When the shrimp are cooked through, add the second Tbsp of the hot sauce and some sliced scallions.  Toss around the pan to completely coat the shrimp.  Adding the hot sauce in two different stages allow us to cook off some of the vinegar taste which could be overpowering if we only added the sauce at the end.

Place the shrimp on a plate and enjoy, but be careful...these do pack quite a punch.

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    10 years ago on Introduction

    Sounds delightful!

    Sambal Oelek is a great condiment but the heat it can be pretty intense. I think using Sambal Manis instead might be a nice variation of this for people that would like it milder.

    Sambal Manis is hot peppers with vinegar like Sambal Oelek but also contains tamarind and palm sugar. It's milder and a little less vinegary than Sambal Oelek.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    I have never seen Sambal Manis. I like the heat of the Oelek and a lot of the vinegar taste cooks off but I will definitely try the Sambal Manis. I love learning about new foods. Thanks for the tip.


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    It's definitely a less common than the Sambal Oelek. In my area, you can find the Oelek in normal grocery stores but you need to go to a specialty ethnic grocer (Dutch or Indonesian) to find the Manis.