Friday, April 1, 2011

Thai Shrimp-Scallop Curry

We've had quite the eventful week. The kids are back in school after enjoying a two week long spring break. This is a big deal for two reasons, one, summer break is literally just around the corner two months from now, and secondly, this is my daughter's last quarter in High School. Ever. She is graduating in 9 short weeks and I'm not sure if I'm ready. I keep looking at pictures from when she was just a teeny one year old and keep thinking where did all the time go? We are also getting ready for prom, which is coming up this weekend and the following weekend (yes, she is going to two). We happened to find the perfect dress over break and this week it is just mayhem trying to pick everything up that still needs picking up, along with various other school functions. Dinners during weeks like this have to be quick and well planned out.

While looking for inspiration in my magazines last weekend trying to come up with my weekly dinner menu, my eye caught a recipe for a Thai Curry. I found this recipe in my newest bon appétit magazine in their "weeknight cooking section". So far my experience with Thai food has been pretty much limited to eating it at a restaurant, but the recipe sounded easy enough that I was willing to give it a try. Halibut and Shrimp was the magazine's choice of fish in this dish, but after contemplating these ingredients and checking my freezer, I decided to switch it up slightly and go with big, juicy scallops and shrimp instead; and I'm so glad I did. I also ended up adding some extra chili garlic sauce and more curry paste for additional heat and flavor, increased the fish sauce and used light coconut milk since this is what I had on hand.

My kids were all extremely leery when finding out what I was cooking, none of them trusted that this "strange" hodge podge of ingredients would come together. I guess it worked though, as proven by my empty pan. Every single one of them asked for seconds and the dish was incredibly tasty. The flavors are wonderful and the shrimp and scallops worked beautifully together. I used pretty large scallops and shrimp, so cooking it at 5 to 6 minutes was spot on, the scallops were perfect with just the slightest bit of opaque inside and tender as can be. However, if you plan on making this and you use smaller shrimp or bay scallops, you will have to reduce the final cooking time to avoid turning them into rubber.

This recipe was a great new discovery that has already been requested again and will be a great addition to my ever growing recipe collection. I really hope you consider giving this one a try!

Thai Shrimp-Scallop Curry
~makes 6 servings~

3 large limes
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 cup chopped shallots
1 large red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 1/2 tablespoons minced peeled fresh ginger
4 teaspoons Thai red curry paste
2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce
1 13 1/2 to 14-ounce can unsweetened light coconut milk
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 pound large scallops
1 pound deveined uncooked large shrimp
Kosher salt and pepper
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil

Finely grate enough peel from 2 limes to measure 1 1/2 teaspoons. Squeeze enough juice form 2 limes to measure 2 tablespoons. Cut third lime into wedges.

Heat vegetable oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add chopped shallots, diced red bell pepper, and minced ginger; saute until shallots are tender and pepper soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in curry paste, chili garlic sauce, coconut milk, fish sauce, 1 1/2 teaspoons lime peel, and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Simmer gently, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle scallops and shrimp with salt and pepper. Add scallops and shrimp to curry sauce. Return to very gentle simmer and cook just until scallops and shrimp are opaque in center, 5 to 6 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Gently stir in cilantro and basil; serve with lime wedges.

Adapted from: bon appétit


  1. Hi Susi-How did you know this is what I am craving right now?? This curry looks amazing!I never had one with scallops. I love scallops and will try this next time I make it w/shrimp:)

  2. Susi - this is GORGEOUS! I just discovered Thai food and cooking with curry last fall. Now it's one of my favorites. I can't wait to try this one!!

  3. Such wonderful photos today! While I know that you only feature food photos on your site, I'd love to see a picture of your girl's prom dress. I adore fancy dresses. :)

  4. mw - I will post a picture of my daughter in the dress, but had to promise to wait until both of the proms are over, so I wouldn't blow the "big reveal" since quite a few of her friends read my blog as well ;o) Hope you are doing well, I'm sure you are counting the hours by now :o)

  5. Great looking curry. Your pictures are gorgeous.
    I love cooking with the coconut milk, and the various spices, which give the dish wonderful flavors.

  6. What a wonderful looking dinner! I love shrimp and scallops.

  7. This looks delish! Will have to try it. I'm really into shellfish at the moment!

  8. This looks absolutely amazing.

  9. Two proms?? Yay!! Ok, does that mean two dresses, or can she wear the same one twice? I can see my daughter saying she MUST have two dresses.
    They are growing up so fast. My son started high school this year and that was bad enough. I can't imagine what it will be like when he finishes. I feel like they are slipping away from me.
    Love the curry! My husband wouldn't eat it though, he won't touch curry, but this is one my mother would love. I'll forward the recipe to her.

  10. I love your hodge podge of a bowl, so elegant and the color is outstanding.

  11. I love all the flavors in this! Wow! I can already taste the deliciousness:)

  12. This looks so good, Susi. Love the addition of scallops and the extra chili garlic sauce and curry. My kind of dish!

  13. Oh my! This is a stunning Thai inspired meal. So, so beautiful. The flavors, colors and textures in this dish are inspiring.

    Have a great weekend.

  14. Susi, this looks fabulous!!! Gorgeous photos as always, too...I'd love to have this dish for dinner~

  15. Yum, i love the scallops in the curry.

  16. This dish sounds amazing! So full of flavor, and that rich sauce sounds delicious with the seafood!

  17. this is brilliant. I love tangy savory dish .. saving it to give a try :)

  18. delicious presentation and wonderful flavours

  19. Susi-I loved reading your post, and especially the upcoming proms. An event that you and your daughter will always treasure. Take lots of pictures in her prom dress. Would love to see her dress.

    Your Thai shrimp and scallop curry is something I ate not too long ago in a Thai restaurant. Your dish blows it away. So beautiful colorful and superb!

  20. I just had a Thai shrimp panang for lunch. We love Thai food and I make it all the time. My kids can't get enough of it.
    Viel Spass bei den Promvorbereitungen!

  21. What a mouthwatering seafood curry! And your jade green show plate looks so pretty.

  22. Your dish has outstanding color and I can tell from the ingredients that it is wonderfully flavorful. Have a wonderful weekend, Susi. Blessings...Mary

  23. This looks sooo gorgeous! All those colors and flavors--amazing. I just can't get over how fresh and beautiful it all looks!

  24. We just love Thai food but I've only ever had take-out. Have never even attempted to make it on my own. We are huge seafood lovers in this house so this would be a perfect dish. Congrats to your daughter! It's been 31 years since I graduated high school, but I still remember the excitement.

  25. This sounds absolutely fabulous! All your talk of proms and high school graduation makes me nostalgic.. I loved my prom dress! We will definitely be trying this dish soon :)

  26. My mouth is watering! This looks so good!

  27. Lizzie in Los AngelesApril 2, 2011 at 3:36 PM

    I read your recipe just after having a nice lunch, and suddenly I was really hungry for curry. Will be making it for very discriminating dinner guests next week. Stunning photography too!!

  28. Wow! What a gorgeous dish! Thai food is a favorite around here, and this looks perfect! Love the spice and flavors.

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  29. Susi- This looks fabulous! I love Thai food, and I can just about taste this now. What a great dinner! :)

  30. This looks amazing! Beautiful picture, exquisite flavors! I LOVE curries and this one sounds amazing!

  31. A huge congratulations to you! You made Foodbuzz's Top 9 with this beautiful recipe:) Very well deserved. The pictures are absolutely inspiring and so is the recipe. It looks amazing.

    This is such an exciting time for your daughter. I hope she has a wonderful time at both proms!!

  32. Your recipe has convinced me that I don't have enough scallops in my life. What a glorious dish!!

  33. I've definitely got a serious craving for this now! =)

  34. I'm in love with Thai food. Scallops are one of my favorite foods. Thanks for this recipe.

  35. I love curry! This is a beautiful dish.

  36. Your photo really brought it to life! Looks so yummy. Can't wait to make it, thanks for sharing!

  37. This is stunning! Sooo booking this!

    Great blog!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls

  38. This is my kind of dish. Thai curries have such a wonderful blend of flavors and those scallops...oh my!

  39. A delightful & colorful curry!

  40. I just printed your recipe--thanks for sharing. I still have some curry paste leftover from last week and I've been eyeing the scallops at my store. This is the perfect reason to bring the two together. Thanks!

  41. Just finished devouring this dish!!'s a keeper!
    And I had to use regular coconut milk ..could not find Low Fat one...FYI ...1 cup = 8 WW PointsPlus!

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