Lemongrass Shrimp


As temperatures soar I become more obsessed with the fusion of old and new. The notion of hot food isn’t tempting. With that in mind, what could be better than Vietnamese and Indian flavors mixed together. Lemongrass shrimp proves that answer to be, “Nothing could be better”.

The freshness of the lemongrass mixed with the deep spiciness of cumin are an amazing blend to season meat with, regardless of if you’re going to serve it as a stand alone dish or on rice, salads, etc. I love lemongrass shrimp on a big salad or in Vietnamese salad rolls. The fresh herbs, the chewiness of the rice paper wrapper, and the sweet, sour, spiciness of the shrimp. It’s heaven! That said, I’ve used this marinate on fish as well – not bad at all!

This recipe is so easy and fast to make! It’s become a standard go to when I either can’t figure out what to cook, or am just in the mood for something that tastes incredible but requires little to no effort.

One of the big reasons I’m so obsessed with this recipe is because of my infatuation with Asian cuisine as a whole. I cook a lot – shocking, I know. And lets face it, I don’t eat Indian food all day everyday. I love food, love exploring cuisines, trying new dishes, and then of course, cooking them at home. I cook a lot of Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, and Chinese food at home. I need to work on my Malay and Singaporean skills, they’re a little sad. But because I cook so many other types of cuisines I’m always tinkering with fusing Indian flavors. Or adversely seeing if I can bring those flavors into Indian cuisine. Sometimes it works…other times, not so much. Need another lemongrass recipe? Try my crispy lemongrass chicken wings.

Lemongrass Shrimp

Course: Main Courses, AppetizersCuisine: Punjabi FusionDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 lb shrimp

  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil, plus oil for cooking

  • 2 tbsp fish sauce

  • 1 tsp cumin, ground

  • 2 tbsp sugar

  • 4 tbsp lemongrass, minced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tbsp ginger, minced

  • 1 Serrano pepper, minced


  • Clean:
  • Clean the shrimp. It’s up to you if you’d like the shrimp to be shell in or shelled.
  • Marinade:
  • Combine the oil, fish sauce, cumin, and sugar. Mix till the sugar has dissolved.
  • Stir in lemongrass, garlic, ginger, and Serrano pepper.
  • Add in shrimp and make sure to coat them evenly. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours, overnight is best.
  • Cook:
  • I like to wok fry these, however, you can grill or pan fry.
  • Serve:
  • Serve with your favorite condiment. I tend to either toss these on a salad, or stand alone with Thai chili-vinegar sauce.

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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 12.4g 19%
    • Saturated Fat 2.7g 10%
  • Cholesterol 239mg 80%
  • Sodium 974mg 41%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 312mg 9%
  • Total Carbohydrate 12.2g 4%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.5g 0%
    • Sugars 6.5g
  • Protein 26.9g 52%
  • Calcium 9%
  • Iron 9%
  • Vitamin D 1%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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