Grilled Shrimp in Banana-leaf Pouch

Photo: Jean Allsopp; Styling: Ashley Strickland

This recipe also works well with scallops, mussels, or clams. If banana leaves are unavailable, use two layers of aluminum foil and reduce cooking time to 5 to 7 minutes.

Yield: Makes 2 servings
Recipe from Coastal Living

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion, divided
  • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 cup Thai basil leaves, roughly torn
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 (10- x 15-inch) pieces banana leaves, trimmed and wiped with damp cloth
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Preparation

  1. Toss shrimp with lime juice.
  2. Combine 1/2 cup onion, 1/2 cup bell pepper, and garlic in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Combine shrimp with onion mixture, remaining onion and bell pepper, and next 3 ingredients. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Place one banana leaf on a 12- x 16-inch piece of aluminum foil. Spread half of the shrimp mixture in center of leaf. Cover it with second banana leaf and another 12- x 16-inch piece of foil. Roll 4 edges of foil over tightly to form a pouch. Repeat with remaining banana leaves, foil, and shrimp.
  4. Grill pouches, covered with grill lid, over medium heat 8 to 10 minutes. Remove pouches from grill. Remove foil; place pouches onto serving plates. Cut a slit in center of leaves, and peel back. Sprinkle with cilantro.
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