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Sharing an easy…let’s make this weeknight feel special…dinner, Saucy Garlic Butter Shrimp with Coconut Milk and Rice Noodles. Spicy, garlicky, and gingery shrimp, pan seared and tossed with a touch of butter and coconut milk. This dish is creamy, saucy, a touch salty, and just a little spicy. It’s served over rice noodles and comes together in no time at all (about 30 minutes). Perfect for busy weeknights when you’re looking for something a little more special, but still quick, healthy-ish, and DELICIOUS.
Recipes like this saucy shrimp are my favorite. This shrimp has a mix of flavors, fusion food as some might say. It’s quick, it’s saucy, relatively healthy (there’s some sneaky greens in all that sauce), and just an all around delicious meal.
Traditionally garlic shrimp is more of an Italian dish, and is served simply with butter and lemons. But I wanted to put a twist on the classic and switch things up a bit.
So I threw in some Thai flavors by adding creamy coconut milk, a squeeze of fresh lime, and rice noodles. Yes, it’s different, and I will probably get criticized for this not being “authentic” over on Instagram (if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all, right?). But hey, my purpose here is to provide you guys with easy and delicious recipes, this shrimp is both, so all is good.
The shrimp is first tossed with a little olive oil, garlic, ginger, and spicy jalapeño. These are the main flavors, so if you don’t love garlic, this recipe might not be for you. And if you want to tame the spice level, just use one jalapeño.
Let the shrimp sit a few minutes and cook the rice noodles. I really love using vermicelli rice noodles, but any noodle works, so use your favorite.
Next, cook up some bacon. It adds a really deep flavor and a hint of saltiness that is delicious. Go with me on this. Now, pan sear the shrimp. The key is to remove the shrimp from the garlic marinade. If you cook the shrimp in the marinade, the shrimp with steam, and the garlic will burn. So first remove the shrimp, cook, add the butter, and then add all of that garlicky marinade. As the butter melts, the garlic caramelizes around the shrimp creating truly the most mouth-watering smell (and delicious sauce).
This is that moment you know the recipe is going to be good…so good.
At this point, I like to remove half of the shrimp and save it for topping. Honestly, you don’t have to do this step. You can instead leave the shrimp in the skillet and combine it with the coconut milk. I just like to remove some of the shrimp so that it stays crisp…and if being truly honest, for photo purposes.
Once the coconut milk has been added, the shrimp looses it’s crispness a bit. It’s also a little more visually appealing to have a few shrimp sitting atop the rice noodles. And we all know that I’m all about a visually good-looking dish…
You guys always ask if I do anything special to the food for photos, and the answer really is no. But I like to add garnishes or pull out tricks like this one…
If you have something extra saucy, or you’re making a soup and want to keep the dish both colorful and full of texture. To create a beautiful looking dish, remove a little bit of one of the main elements of the recipe. In today’s case the shrimp. But think along the lines of keeping out some of the chickpeas in a curry, or the noodles in a soup, things like that. Then reserve them for topping the dish just before serving. Again, this is not necessary for flavor purposes. But if you want to create that “Instagram worthy” food photo, this is one of my go-to tricks to really make food pop off the page, as seen in the cacio e pepe, lemon garlic chicken soup, and herb salad.
Okay, styling talk over. Moving along now.
Once I’ve removed half the shrimp from the skillet, I add the coconut milk. I know the coconut milk might seem like an odd ingredient to add, but as I mentioned, I wanted to put my own twist on a classic, and the coconut milk creates a creamy, flavorful sauce.
It’s beyond good. Especially with the rice noodles. It’s kind of like Italian meets Thai. A weird, but delicious mash-up that’s just a touch cozy, a touch on the healthy side, and all things good. And quick, which is always a very nice bonus!
If you make this saucy garlic shrimp, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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Made this tonight and it was yet another hit recipe from HBH! So good and easy to make.
Awesome!! Thanks so much for sharing your feedback, I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed! xx
I omitted the bacon, used only 1/2 tbs. honey & added 1 tsp. of green Thai chili paste. It was delicious!
Wonderful!! Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe out, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! ?xTieghan
This was the first HBH recipe that I didn’t give a 5/5. Something was missing for me. I think next time I’d add more spice and maybe a few diced tomatoes at the end for a pop of freshness. It was good, just not as great as every other recipe I’ve tried.
Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, so sorry to hear it was not enjoyed! xT
Love love love this recipe! What would you suggest as a side if making this for a few people coming for dinner.
Fantastic!! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! I honestly don’t feel like this dish needs a side, but maybe some egg rolls would be fun:
OMG this was lick-the-bowl incredible!!!! You’re a flavor goddess. We had so much fun making it, and every bite was delicious.
Fantastic!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it! xTieghan
Thanks, Tieghan! This dish was such a flavor surprise. I had most of these ingredients ready to go in my pantry, so I went for it! Ended up subbing coconut aminos for the fish sauce and left out the jalapeño.. still amazing!!
Happy Friday!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks a lot for trying it out! ☀️xx
Any suggestions on how I could do this with chicken (or better yet, a vegetarian option?), or would you not recommend swapping that out?
I would just swap the shrimp with you fave veggies, I think sautéing them would work well for you! xTieghan
Hey! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, thanks so much for trying it out! xTieghan
This is delicious and is quick and easy to make! I even cheated and used cooked, frozen shrimp.
Happy Thursday! So glad this recipe was enjoyed and thanks for making it! xTieghan
Loved this! My husband said it was Bangkok meets New Orleans – his two favorite cuisines! Next time I may try throwing in some taso ham. Love all of your recipes, you are so creative and I never have to tweak anything!
Hi there! Thank you so much for trying out this recipe, so glad to hear you enjoyed this shrimp! xTieghan
Overall taste was good but my shrimp were more boiled and not crispy at all. I didn’t add the water in because I didn’t want even more liquid! Not sure why I can’t ever get the shrimp crispy…
Thanks for giving the recipe a try, it’s really key to use a screaming hot pan for the shrimp so it can crisp:) xTieghan
Could you use frozen shrimp? Or would I still need to thaw them first?
Totally fine to use frozen shrimp, but you will still want to thaw first. I hope this recipe turns out amazing for you, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
Omg hands down one of the best things I’ve ever made!!! Just wow! The taste is phenomenal! No changes need to be made.
Happy Friday!! I am thrilled that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for giving it a try! xTieghan
So delicious. 🙂
Happy Friday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for giving it a try! xTieghan
Can you use soy sauce or coconut aminos instead of fish sauce?
Yes, either of those will work well here. I hope you love this dish, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan
I follow your recipe exactly and it comes out perfectly fabulous. Thank you for the tips and creating recipes that are simple and affordable yet taste extremely fancy. This is one of my favorite meals to make my darling husband when he’s had a rough day, it totally says..I love you. Aloha
Awesome!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a bunch for making it! xxTieghan
Flavorful. I used cilantro and fully enjoyed the recipe. I did add some garlic salt after mixing my bowl and toppings.
Fantastic! Thanks a lot for making this recipe, I am so glad that it was enjoyed!! Have a great Tuesday. xxTieghan