Friday, June 11, 2010

Chutney Barbecue Shrimp or Tofu

Here is an easy way to spice things up for the weekend.  With an Indian-inspired marinade, this dish is great for entertaining, but it's simple enough that you may want to keep it all for yourself.  It's a little spicy, a little glaze-y, and finished with lime.  Serve this over cilantro rice as an entree or wrap in strips of warmed naan as an appetizer.

With the sweet chutney base, this marinade makes it easy to char the edges if the shrimp and tofu without burning them.  It's exotic and summer-y and a great way to celebrate the weekend.

Chutney Barbecue Shrimp or  Tofu

2 lb large shrimp or about 25 oz baked tofu, cubed into 1-1 1/2" cubes (I like the Asian-marinated ones for this)

1/3 cup papaya or mango chutney
3 T yellow curry paste
1/3 tsp sea salt
1 tsp Indian hot sauce
Freshly ground black pepper
2 T virgin coconut oil
2 cup fresh or frozen peas
¼ cup chopped cilantro
3 T freshly squeezed lime juice

Clean and de-vein shrimp and rinse.  Let dry.  (Or cube baked tofu)

In a large bowl, whisk together chutney, curry paste, salt, hot sauce, and pepper.  Add shrimp and toss together.  If you have time, marinate for about 20 minutes in the fridge.

Heat grill or saut√© pan to high.  Add coconut oil to pan or brush grill basket with oil.  Add shrimp and cook on high for about 2 minutes tossing and stirring, constantly. 

Add peas and cook until shrimp are done and everything is beginning to brown and edges are charring.  If you are grilling and the peas would fall through your basket, just give them a quick saute on the stove and toss together with shrimp or tofu at the end.

Remove from heat and transfer to a serving plate.  Top with chopped cilantro and lime juice.

Serve immediately!

Perfect with cilantro rice or fragrant yellow rice.

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