Grilled Shrimp

Grilled Shrimp
Photo above by Eric Futran

I’ve written about Thi before in the Gazette. In any vernacular she was a fabulous cook with beautiful technique, but of course, she had her specialties. These special recipes were top secret. After we sold J&L, our catering company, Thi finally came to my house and taught me some of her best dishes. Since she worked by smell and taste rather than with measurements, I would follow behind her with a measuring cup or a teaspoon, desperately trying to catch ingredients as they fell from her hand into the bowl.

Thi died almost three years ago. Although I promised never to share her secrets, I think there’s no harm now in keeping her recipes alive. Grilled shrimp was a favorite among our customers at J&L. This is how Thi prepared them for the grill. I’ve published it before, but it is delicious enough to repeat.

The Marinade

For 2 pounds shrimp, shelled and deveined


3 large cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 ½ tsp chili paste

1 tsp sugar

1/4 cup soy

1/4 cup oil (shallot oil preferred)

juice of 1-2 limes, to taste

1/2 tsp salt

2 green onions, minced


Whisk together all ingredients and marinate shelled and deveined shrimp for at least an hour and up to 8 hours. Drain the shrimp and cook briefly over a hot gas or charcoal grill.

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