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Spicy Grilled Shrimp With Apricot Ginger Glaze


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  • 8 small dried chilies (1-2 inches long) to make 1 tablespoon coarsely chopped chili flakes
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
  • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock (broth can be substituted)
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/3 cup (250 g) polenta
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 6 ounces unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil (for grilling)
  • 8 ounces apricots, skins removed, halved and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 slices of ginger, peeled, 1/4- inch slices
  • 1/2 cup diced apricot, small pieces
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato, seeds removed
  • 1/2 cup diced avocado
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely diced Serrano chili, add more if you like more heat
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 pounds jumbo shrimp (16-20 count size), peeled, tail on, deveined, washed
  • Ground chili pepper
  • Smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil


Servings 4
Cooking time 15mins
Adapted from


Step 1

Chili Oil:
Remove stems and seeds from the dried chili. Wearing gloves, chop chili into large flakes, or add to a blender for about 1 minute. Reserve. Heat oil in a small saucepan, until the temperature of the oil reaches 225°F to 240°F. Remove from heat. Add the chili flakes and let infuse for at least 1 hour. Strain chili oil through a fine mesh strainer. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator, will last for up to 1 month.

Coconut Polenta:
Combine stock, garlic and ¼ teaspoon salt in a large saucepan and bring to a boil.
Gradually pour polenta into the pan and cook over low heat, stirring often. Cook for 17 to 20 minutes, until the polenta is quite dry and coats the bottom of the pan. The polenta will become very thick.
Warm the cream and coconut milk in a saucepan, be careful not to burn the cream. Increase the heat of the pan with the polenta to medium, and stir in the butter. Add the warmed liquid about a ½ cup at a time, stirring the polenta so it absorbs the liquid. Season polenta with salt and pepper to your liking.

In a small sheet tray, lined with plastic wrap. Pour the polenta and evenly spread to a 1-inch thick layer. Cover with another piece of plastic wrap, and roll a rolling pin across the polenta to create a flat surface.
Refrigerate for several hours until the polenta has set. To speed up the process, place the sheet tray of polenta in the freezer and check every 15 minutes until the polenta has cooled to the touch and is firm. In the meanwhile, prepare Apricot Ginger glaze.

When cooled and set, cut the polenta onto desired shapes (circles, triangles, squares) and transfer to a sheet tray.

When ready to serve, heat grill to high heat. Lightly grease the grill with olive oil. Brush olive oil on both sides of the polenta cut outs. Grill the polenta for a few minutes on each side, until golden brown grill marks are left on the surface and slightly crispy, about 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Transfer to a serving platter.

Apricot Ginger Glaze:
Bring a pot of water to boil. Prepare an ice bath to cool the apricots quickly. Score the bottom of the apricots with a X, making the cuts half the way up the sides , ensuring the cuts just go through the skin.
Add the apricots to the boiling water for 30 to 60 seconds, just until the skin pulls away from the flesh. Quickly add the apricots to the ice bath. Drain and peel the apricots. Halve, remove pit and cut into ½-inch pieces. Puree in a blender for 1 to 2 minutes, until smooth. Strain puree though a fine mesh strainer into a bowl.

In a small saucepan, combine the apricot puree, sugar, lemon juice and ginger. Simmer over medium heat, skimming foam as needed until the puree reaches 215°F to 220°F. Remove from the heat. Reserve the glaze until ready to grill the shrimp. Reheat glaze if needed before glazing the shrimp. Apricot Salsa-
Combine apricot, tomato, avocado, chili, mint leaves and lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate.

Spicy Grilled Shrimp:
Prepare and clean shrimp. Add 5 pieces of shrimp to a skewer.
Lightly oil both sides of the shrimp with olive oil. Season both sides of the shrimp skewers with salt, pepper, chili pepper and smoked paprika to your liking. Heat grill to high heat. Lightly grease the grill with olive oil. Add the shrimp skewers to the grill and cook until pink, about 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
Generously brush each size of the shrimp skewers with the Ginger Apricot glaze.

To Serve:
Add the coconut polenta to the center of the plate. Serve 1-2 skewers, per person (remove the skewers if desired). Lightly drizzle with Chili oil. Serve with apricot salsa.

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