Brazilian-Style Shrimp With Coconut Milk

Brazilian-Style Shrimp With Coconut Milk: This shrimp recipe is an adaptation of a Brazilian dish made with coconut milk and flavored with fresh lime juice and cilantro.

This dish is an adaptation of an authentic Brazilian dish called Vatapá. The shrimp is simmered briefly in a fragrant sauce of sautéed garlic, onion and red bell pepper combined with coconut milk, tomato, lime juice and cilantro, then served with steamed white rice.

Brazilian-Style Shrimp With Coconut Milk

  • Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small tomato, peeled, seeded and diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 or 4 green onions, sliced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Steamed white rice

Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion and red bell pepper and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the salt, cayenne and black pepper. Stir in the tomato and cook for an additional minute.

Stir in the coconut milk and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until bubbly and beginning to thicken. Stir in the shrimp and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until the shrimp is pink and cooked through.

Add the lime juice and green onions and cook for about 1 minute more, until the onions start to soften. Stir in the cilantro. Serve over steamed white rice.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe Notes:
Feel free to adjust the cayenne pepper to suit your taste for heat. The quantity we call for in the recipe is pretty mellow. All you need to complete a meal is a green salad with a simple vinaigrette and a glass of chardonnay.

comments & replies

I love Brazilian-Style Shrimp With Coconut Milk. Thanks for sharing it's recipe. will enjoy it this weekend.

Stumbled across this today while looking for something interesting to do with some coconut milk. I have to say, my husband and I really loved this dish! Thanks for sharing :)

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