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Lemongrass shrimp skewers

Give your grilled shrimp a makeover with the Vietnamese flavors of lemongrass and chili paste.

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Give your grilled shrimp a makeover with the Vietnamese flavors of lemongrass and chili paste.

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Grilling season just got better! These lemongrass shrimp skewers are full of bright and spicy flavors.

Lemongrass shrimp skewers recipe

Serves 4-6 as an appetizer


  • 1 stalk lemongrass, woody ends trimmed and coarsely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chili paste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound medium to large raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Finely chopped scallions or mint
  • Bamboo skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes
  • Vietnamese dipping sauce (recipe follows)


  1. In a blender or food processor, combine the lemongrass, garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce, chili paste, sugar, lime juice, vegetable oil and black pepper until smooth.
  2. Transfer lemongrass mixture to a medium bowl and add the shrimp. Toss well to coat. Marinate for 15-30 minutes. Thread the shrimp onto the skewers.
  3. Preheat a grill and grill shrimp for a couple minutes each side, until cooked through.
  4. Serve with Vietnamese dipping sauce.

Vietnamese dipping sauce recipe

Adapted from Into the Vietnamese Kitchen


  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup fish sauce
  • 1-2 Thai chilies or Serrano peppers, sliced into thin rings
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced


  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl and stir to dissolve the sugar. Taste and adjust amounts, as necessary, to desired flavor.

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