Shrimp Skewers with Coconut, Jalapeño, and Cilantro Dipping Sauce

Shrimp Skewers with Coconut, Jalapeño, and Cilantro Dipping Sauce

The bright, tropical flavors of these skewers make them a welcome addition to a holiday party. Purchase the best fresh shrimp you can find, and ask the fishmonger to peel and devein them for you. You also could serve two skewers on a bed of rice as a light supper.

Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2008

  • Yield: 10 servings (serving size: 1 skewer and about 1 tablespoon sauce)


  • Dipping sauce:
  • 3 tablespoons light coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped seeded jalapeño pepper (about 2)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Skewers:
  • 2 tablespoons fresh pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 20 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 1/2 pound)
  • 20 (1-inch) cubes fresh pineapple (about 1/2 pound)
  • Cooking spray


1. To prepare dipping sauce, combine first 4 ingredients in a blender; process until smooth. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt; cover and chill 30 minutes.

2. To prepare skewers, combine pineapple juice, olive oil, rind, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon red pepper in a large bowl. Add shrimp; toss to coat. Let stand 10 minutes.

3. Thread 2 shrimp and 2 pineapple cubes alternately onto each of 10 (6-inch) skewers. Brush skewers with pineapple juice mixture. Heat a heavy grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add skewers to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until shrimp are done. Serve with dipping sauce.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 49
  • Calories from fat: 35%
  • Fat: 1.9g
  • Saturated fat: 0.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.3g
  • Protein: 3.2g
  • Carbohydrate: 5.4g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Cholesterol: 21mg
  • Iron: 0.5mg
  • Sodium: 141mg
  • Calcium: 14mg

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