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March 05, 2014

Massaman Shrimp with Thai Chiles

Massaman Shrimp with Thai Chiles

I recently received the latest edition of one of my favorite magazines, Bon Appetit. They featured a section for “Thai Night”, and I am admittedly not very experienced with Thai cooking. How ridiculous! After experimenting with their Massaman Chicken recipe, I am hooked on this particular recipe. I adapted it to my own liking, using shrimp instead of chicken, noodles instead of rice, and I incorporated a couple of Serrano and Thai chili peppers into the mix for heat and flavor. I will certainly be making this dish in the near future.

Any Thai Food Chefs out there? I’d love to get your advice on different Thai foods to try.


  • 1 tablespoon chili oil
  • 2 small golden potatoes, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 1-2 Serrano chili peppers, chopped
  • 1-2 Thai chili peppers, chopped
  • 10 large pieces of shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons spicy chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Massaman chili paste
  • 6 ounces Belgian style wheat beer
  • 1 13-ounce can coconut milk
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups broad egg noodles
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • Chopped cilantro for topping

Cooking Directions

  1. Heat a large pan or wok to medium heat and add chili oil.
  2. Add potatoes and cook about 5 minutes to soften.
  3. Add onions and peppers and cook another 5 minutes, or until onion is cooked through. Set potatoes, peppers and onions aside.
  4. Add shrimp and sprinkle with salt, pepper and chili powder. Cook about 4 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through. Set shrimp aside with potato/pepper/onion mixture.
  5. To the hot pan, add chili paste and cook about 3 minutes.
  6. Add beer and bring to a boil. Allow to reduce by about half.
  7. Add coconut milk, chicken broth and noodles. Stir. Cook about 10 minutes, or until noodles absorb the liquids and get nice and soft to your preference.
  8. Return potatoes, peppers, onions and shrimp to the pan and stir. Heat to warm everything together.
  9. Remove from heat. Season with salt and pepper, then stir in brown sugar, lime juice and fish sauce.
  10. Serve to bowls and top with cilantro.

Massaman Shrimp

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