Brazilian-Style Shrimp With Coconut Milk

This dish is an adaptation of an authentic Brazilian dish called Vatapá. The shrimp is simmered briefly in a fragrant sauce of sautéed garlic, onion and red bell pepper combined with coconut milk, tomato, lime juice and cilantro, then served with steamed white rice.

Brazilian-Style Shrimp With Coconut Milk
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  • Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon red bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 small tomato, peeled, seeded and diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 or 4 green onions, sliced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Steamed white rice

Preparation:
Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion and red bell pepper and sauté until soft and fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the salt, cayenne and black pepper. Stir in the tomato and cook for an additional minute.

Stir in the coconut milk and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until bubbly and beginning to thicken. Stir in the shrimp and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes until the shrimp is pink and cooked through.

Add the lime juice and green onions and cook for about 1 minute more, until the onions start to soften. Stir in the cilantro. Serve over steamed white rice.

Makes 4 servings

Recipe Notes:
Feel free to adjust the cayenne pepper to suit your taste for heat. The quantity we call for in the recipe is pretty mellow. All you need to complete a meal is a green salad with a simple vinaigrette and a glass of chardonnay.

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I love Brazilian-Style Shrimp With Coconut Milk. Thanks for sharing it's recipe. will enjoy it this weekend.

Stumbled across this today while looking for something interesting to do with some coconut milk. I have to say, my husband and I really loved this dish! Thanks for sharing :)

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