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Spicy Thai Shrimp Salad

A simple, healthy Thai shrimp salad with an authentic sour-savory-spicy-sweet combination of fresh lime juice, fish sauce and chili paste, showered with fresh herbs and crunchy roasted peanuts.
Prep Time12 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Thai
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Emily Clifton - Nerds with Knives


  • 5 tablespoons lime juice from about 3 limes
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest finely grated
  • 3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 1 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • About 1 - 2 tablespoons sambal (or use chili-garlic paste or Sriracha)
  • 1 pound large shrimp shelled and de-veined
  • A large shallot thinly sliced
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves and tender stems (or basil), roughly chopped
  • ½ cup mint leaves roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted peanuts, roughly chopped
  • Jasmine rice or rice noodles for serving


  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.
  • In a large bowl, combine lime juice, lime zest, fish sauce, sugar, and chili paste. Taste, and adjust with any of the ingredients. It should taste quite sour, but also a little salty, spicy and sweet.
  • Turn heat off and poach the shrimp in the water until just cooked through, 2-3 minutes. Be careful not to overcook. Drain well.
  • Add the warm shrimp to the sauce and toss well. Add the shallot, cilantro and mint leaves. Toss, and transfer to a serving bowl. Scatter over the peanuts and garnish with a few more herbs. Serve immediately with hot rice or rice noodles.
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