Clean Eating Thai-Style Shrimp Recipe

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Clean Eating Thai-Style Shrimp Recipe

I will admit that Thai cooking is not my specialty. But there are certain flavor combinations that just scream “Thai” to me. Coconut and lemongrass are one of those combinations.

The truth is, this could be enjoyed many different ways. I deliberately made this extra “soupy” because I love the sauce. If you don’t want that much, simply cut the coconut milk in half. But the extra sauce would go great over rice or veggies, or you can just eat it the way I did…. as more of a “soup” of sorts.

What I like about this recipe is that the flavors come together with just a few, simple ingredients. Nothing exotic or hard to find. And I just bought a bag of pre-cooked, frozen shrimp at Trader Joe’s and thawed them out before cooking. Dinner was quick and easy. Let me know what you think!

Clean Eating Thai-Style Shrimp Recipe


Clean Eating Thai-Style Shrimp Recipe
Author: Tiffany McCauley | The Gracious
Serves: 6 – 8 servings (based on 1/2 cup measure)
  • 2 lb. precooked, frozen shrimp, thawed
  • 1 (15 oz.) can coconut milk
  • 3 sticks dried lemongrass
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder, plus more to taste if desired
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. In a large skillet, combine the coconut milk, lemongrass, and the juice of 1 1/2 of the limes. Reserve the remaining juice for later in the cooking process. You should also add the pepper and garlic powder here.
  2. Bring the sauce to a gentle boil, then reduce the heat to simmer for about 4 minutes.
  3. When the lemongrass is soft (you can just push down on it with a spoon to test it), add in the shrimp and cook until they are warmed through or cooked to your liking. I always cook mine for a while, but I’m paranoid about cooking seafood properly, so use your judgement in how long they should cook. If you bought them pre-cooked, you won’t need to cook them for very long. They just need to be warmed.
  4. At the very end of cooking, turn off the heat and stir in the remaining lime juice and fresh cilantro.
  5. Cool slightly and serve.


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  1. I am making this tonight, but I have had a hard time finding dried lemongrass sticks. All I have been able to find is lemongrass paste and 2 fresh lemongrass sticks. How can I prepare this dish with one or both of these as a substitute?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Michelle – You can use the fresh stuff. I wouldn’t use the paste simply because I’m not familiar with it and can’t advise you on how to use it. But with the fresh stuff, just use equal amounts. Enjoy!

      1. Thank you for your help. I used two fresh stalks and it turned out AMAZING! I have to say this is the tastiest recipe I’ve prepared from your site, and probably one of my all-time faves of anything I’ve ever cooked! My husband literally licked his plate and then proceeded to steal bites from mine, lol. I love how light and fresh this dish tastes and it still has so much flavor. I will be making this regularly, but I will definitely need to double the recipe from now on! You may say that Thai isn’t your “specialty”, but you sure had me fooled! ????????????

        1. The Gracious Pantry says:

          Michelle – Wow! High praise indeed! Thank you! I’m so happy you both enjoyed it! 😀

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