Grilled Shrimp in a Spicy Coconut Milk Broth

The very best grilled shrimp in a bold, spicy coconut milk broth. It’s a beyond simple, yet really impressive recipe that I think you’ll want to be grilling up all summer long!

Grilled Shrimp with Spicy Coconut Broth

Grilled Shrimp with Spicy Coconut Broth

I’ve got to say…this grilled shrimp recipe is really, really good. I might even go as far as saying that it’s one of my favorite recipes I’ve ever created. There’s just something all of the bold flavor in here that makes it really exciting and kind of irresistible.

You’ll start by making the coconut milk broth right in a skillet by cooking down shallots, red chiles, garlic, ginger, and lemongrass. A few other ingredients, plus some creamy coconut milk, get simmered down until thickened. Meanwhile, the shrimp and corn grill until slightly charred and cooked through.

The broth gets finished with lots of lime juice and the grilled shrimp goes right on it. Corn on top, along with some scallions and fresh basil…and that’s it.

Grilled Shrimp with Spicy Coconut Broth

What really makes this dish, though? Thick pieces of grilled bread to dip into the flavorful broth. It’s an absolute must. Enjoy!


Grilled Shrimp in a Spicy Coconut Milk Broth

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juicy grilled shrimp tossed in a spicy coconut milk broth and served with charred bread for dipping

serves: 4

  • Author: Kayla Howey


  • olive oil
  • 2 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 2 red fresno chiles, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 ½ tsp minced ginger
  • 1 ½ tsp minced lemongrass
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 2 ears of corn
  • 1 ½ lbs shell-on shrimp
  • kosher salt
  • 1 baguette, sliced on an angle into ½” slices
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • fresh basil leaves


  1. Pre-heat the grill over medium-high heat. Use kitchen shears to cut along the backs of the shrimp, cutting through the shells down to the tail. Remove the veins, but keep the shells on. Pat the shrimp dry and set aside.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add enough oil to just coat the bottom. Once hot, add the shallots and chiles. Let cook until slightly caramelized. Stir in the garlic, ginger, and lemongrass. Cook another minute.
  3. Add the soy sauce, honey, water, and coconut milk. Bring the liquid to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and allow to cook for about 8-10 minutes until slightly reduced.
  4. Meanwhile, throw the corn onto the grill (in the husks). Cook for about 10 minutes until tender, turning often.
  5. Coat the shrimp in a generous amount of oil and season with a good pinch of salt. Grill the shrimp for about 2 minutes per side, or until pink and cooked through.
  6. Coat the slices of bread with a generous amount of oil. Grill the bread for a minute on each side until slightly charred. Season the bread with a pinch of salt.
  7. Stir the lime juice into the coconut broth and add the shrimp to the skillet. Stir well to coat. Discard the husks from the corn and slice off the kernels. Stir the corn into the skillet.
  8. Serve the dish right in the skillet with the scallions and basil leaves on top and grilled bread on the side for dipping.

Grilled Shrimp with Spicy Coconut Broth

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