Shrimp Sambal with Roasted Cauliflower, Chickpeas and Ginger

shrimp sambal

Main, Seafood | July 17, 2017 | By

Here’s a quick dinner dish that will become a family fave! Shrimp Sambal is a classic Malaysian dish, but ours is not your typical shrimp sambal recipe! We’ve roasted gorgeous purple cauliflower (you can use whatever cauliflower you can find) and chickpeas for texture, lots of veggies, fresh local ginger from Red Earth Organic Farms, and herbs for flavor. Of course, the spicy sambal oelek is the real flavor bomb here! This Thai red chili paste has freshly ground hot red chili peppers (bird’s eye chili), rice vinegar, and salt. It’s good on just about everything! But don’t go crazy or your mouth will be on fire! 

shrimp sambalThis lovely bowl of yum has so many flavor bombs with the spicy shrimp, colorful purple cauliflower, tender roasted chickpeas, ginger and lots of herbs! Shrimp sambal is a winner for dinner!

purple cauliflowerGorgeous purple cauliflower is milder, sweeter and nuttier than the standard white version. It’s also loaded with vitamin C, calcium and potassium!

purple cauliflower and chickpeasRoast the purple cauliflower and chickpeas on a large baking sheet at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. They should be tender and slightly browned.

gingerFreshly grated local ginger gives this dish a nice kick! This super aromatic ginger is from Red Earth Organic Farms in Georgia.

shrimp sambalStir-fry all of the veggies in a large wok and add the spicy sauce to coat. Toss in the shrimp last and cook for about three minutes until pink and curled. Top with fresh mint and cilantro! 

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Shrimp Sambal with Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpeas
 
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Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil (divided)
  • 1 head purple cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained, rinsed and patted dry
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek (Thai red chili paste)
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons mirin wine
  • Juice from 2 small limes
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup fresh mint, chopped
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place the cauliflower florets and chickpeas on a large baking tray. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons canola oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss to combine, in a single layer. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes until crisp, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a glass mixing bowl, whisk together the sambal oelek, fish sauce, mirin wine, lime juice, ginger, and sugar.
  3. In a large heavy wok, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil over medium high heat until shimmering. Add in the shallots, garlic, and mushrooms, and stir-fry until shallots are translucent and mushrooms are slightly golden. Add the roasted cauliflower and chickpeas to the wok and stir to combine. Pour in the sauce mixture and stir the veggies to coat. When well combined, add in the shrimp and cook for about three minutes until shrimp is curled and pink. Remove the wok from the heat and sprinkle in the mint and cilantro, and toss to combine. Serve immediately with extra herbs sprinkled on top.

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Coconut Curry Tofu and Shrimp

coconut curry soup

Who doesn’t love a good bowl of coconut curry tofu and shrimp, am I right?  Damien, my right hand man, treated me and my husband to this recipe recently which was so yum! It’s full of veggies and shrimp, and flavored with the goodness of curry, lemon grass, hot chili paste, and coconut milk. I combine light coconut milk with regular to make it a bit healthier. Or, you can use coconut cream which is a richer stock, but adds more calories. You can also top this dish with hard boiled eggs for extra protein. I’m a tofu freak so I use these soybean cakes in everything! Make sure to use the extra firm tofu so it doesn’t fall apart. Trader Joe’s is my go-to for dense tofu. You’ll find it in the dairy section. Treat yourself to this recipe full of yumminess tonight!

Trader Joe’s Super Firm Tofu is the best product for this dish! Won’t fall apart!

Trader Joe's Super Firm Tofu

Rich and hearty, this curry tofu and shrimp bowl is absolutely delish for entertaining!

coconut curry tofu and shrimp

Coconut Curry Tofu and Shrimp
 
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Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons canola or coconut oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 8 shallots, cut into thin rings
  • 6 lemon grass stalks, pounded and cut into 1½ inch long pieces
  • 2 tablespoons dried shrimp paste
  • 4 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons sambal oelek
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 turnip, peeled and cut into strips
  • 1 small green cabbage, sliced
  • 2 baked extra firm tofu blocks, cut into large cubes
  • 6 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cup water
  • 2 pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, cut in half
  • Fresh cilantro
Instructions
  1. In a large stock pot, sauté the garlic and shallots with oil until golden brown. Add in lemon grass, dried shrimp paste, red curry paste, and sambal oelek. Cook for 5 minutes, then add in the carrots, turnips, green cabbage, and tofu cubes. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the coconut milk and water. Once ingredients are well-combined, bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, cover and cook for about 15 to 20 minutes. Toss in the shrimp and cook until pink, about 2 minutes. Top with hard boiled eggs when serving. Optional: serve with steamed rice and garnish with fresh cilantro.
  2. To bake the tofu: Place entire blocks of tofu in a toaster oven at 275 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes until brown on outside. Remove and let cool before cubing.

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