Spicy Coconut Shrimp with Brown Rice

I’ve made a decision. Two decisions. Well, three.

1) For the rest of my life I’m going to douse everything I eat in coconut milk.

2) For the rest of my life I’m going to garnish everything I eat with coconut shavings.

3) For the rest of my life I’m going to avoid clothes shopping like all of the plagues and if someone tries to make me I’ll pull the ol’ rubber chicken on them.

WHAT HAPPENED TO FASHION? Since when was wearing a ratty dishcloth considered cute? I mean, I know I’m old and only own 4,628 black tank tops (true fact) but REALLY? Hey Forever 21, embarrassment and regret called and wants their FREAK SHOW back.

Yeah so this meal. G-a-m-e-c-h-a-n-g-e-r. (that was hard to type.)


Check it. You make this marinade that will have you seeing the very face of GOD. Coconut milk, jalapeno, garlic, ginger, lots of parsley, a little oil. 2 legit.

And so what if I spent 3 hours in the plaza yesterday and only came home with . . . another black tank top. WHAT, the straps are slightly different than what I normally buy. And come on, it was either that or look like I was modeling for JCPenney’s spring tea towel collection featuring the oh-so-flattering-barf-me-a-river tapestry design.

I change my mind. THAT would be much cuter than the jokes I witnessed yesterday. HOW DO PEOPLE LOOK IN THE MIRROR AND THINK THIS IS OKAY?


And then you marinate the shrimp for, eh, 2ish hours in that marinade. And resist the urge to go shrimp bobbing in it since you’re alone and no one would really know, would they?

And don’t get me started on PRICES either. Oh awesome, $56 for 12 inches of fabric. Right.

But I’m not bitter. My new black tank top is hoooooooot.

You should have seen me trying on sundresses. A) I never wear dresses. I always think that I want to, but once I put them on see how my legs haven’t changed since 8th grade and resemble bent bobby pins, I laugh about 15 minutes, cry another 25, then go back to my staple outfit of jeans and a black tank top.

B) I own gray tank tops too! Are you proud?

C) I do realize they are a lighter shade of black. I lose.


Oh! So remember that coconut milk in the marinade? Well AS LUCK WOULD HAVE IT, it’s not the entire can. You only use about 1/2 cup for the marinade and the remaining cup for the rice to cook in. Things are looking up for us, you guys.

(Okay the reason I wear so many black tank tops is because I’m hyper and have overactive glands and this probably isn’t the best time to tell you.)

In short, you’re going to lose your dang mind. Not only does the rice soak up all that coconutyness, you sear the shrimp AND THEN you slightly reduce the rest of the marinade to make a sauce. It’s like, all kinds of winning.


Shiver. Me. Timbers.

I’m going to go cuddle my black tank tops now.

Spicy Coconut Shrimp with Brown Rice:

What it took for 2:

* 1 (13.5 oz) can coconut milk
* jalapeno pepper, sliced in half (stem discarded and seeds removed if you can’t handle the heat, but it’s not crazy heat or anything)
* 3 cloves garlic
* 1-inch piece fresh ginger, skin removed and roughly chopped
* 1/4 cup fresh parsley
* juice from 1/2 a lime
* 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 1/2 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
* 1 cup uncooked brown rice
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* 1/2 cup coconut shavings

Pour 1/2 cup of the coconut milk into a food processor. Toss in the jalapeno, garlic, ginger, parsley, lime and oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Blitz until smooth.

Pour the marinade over the shrimp in a small bowl and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.

Pour the remaining coconut milk (a little over a cup) into a rice cooker, along with the rice and 1 more cup of water. Flip her on and fugget it.

Heat a medium skillet over medium high. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and place in the skillet in a single layer. Sear about 2 minutes on one side, flip and sear another minute.

Pour the remaining marinade into a small sauce pan. Bring to a simmer and cook about 3 minutes.

Serve the brown rice with shrimp on top, along with a good drizzle of the coconut sauce, garnished with parsley and coconut shavings.


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35 Responses to Spicy Coconut Shrimp with Brown Rice

  1. Steve May 17, 2012 at 1:40 pm #
    Wow, that looks delicious! This will be dinner TONIGHT!
  2. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven May 17, 2012 at 2:15 pm #
    HA! You rock the black tank tops and jeans. And Forever 21 clothes fall apart after 21 days. :) This looks amazing!! I dig ALL of these ingredients.
  3. kelley May 17, 2012 at 2:37 pm #
    And, 4) You're going to move to Utah to live-in with your new BFF and cook her dinner every night.
  4. Denise @ Creative Kitchen May 17, 2012 at 2:50 pm #
    LOL....I'm with you on the clothes shopping. UGH! Put me in a cooking or food store anyday! Can't we just wave a magic wand and have a closet fully stocked with clothes and shoes and look awesome on us? A girl can dream right?
  5. Averie @ Averie Cooks May 17, 2012 at 3:58 pm #
    I would love if I doused everything I ate in coconut milk. I love it so much! This looks wonderful, Bev!
  6. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids May 17, 2012 at 4:13 pm #
    This looks amazingly delicious, Bev. Truly. And, clothes shopping is definitely not fun. Eating good food is fun. :)
  7. Rebecca May 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm #
    Really really really loving this recipe! I was just looking for something quick and healthy for dinner tonight. This should do it :) Thanks!
  8. Melanie @ Just Some Salt and Pepper May 17, 2012 at 4:17 pm #
    I'm trying to like shrimp. Dousing it in coconut will certainly help.
  9. Deanna B. May 17, 2012 at 5:41 pm #
    I found dinner for tonight! I think I actually have everything on hand to make it. I already have to go to the store for ingredients in another recipe, but that is besides the point.
  10. Cassie May 17, 2012 at 5:45 pm #
    Love all the spiciness in this Bev. Coconut milk in everything is A-OK to me.
  11. Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out May 17, 2012 at 6:09 pm #
    You're making me angry that Boyfriend is totally anti-coconut because DAMN I WANT THIS FOR DINNER
  12. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts May 17, 2012 at 7:33 pm #
    Love this. I even have 2 cans of coconut milk that need to be used. I have about 348 black t-shirts, so I am right there with you with the shopping thing.
  13. Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau May 17, 2012 at 8:58 pm #
    I would love to cuddle a big homey bowl of this stuff!
  14. Kara May 17, 2012 at 9:33 pm #
    Another Winner!
  15. Julia {The Roasted Root} May 18, 2012 at 12:05 am #
    I feel the same way about shopping...I absolutely can't stand it. And Forever 21, is definitely a toughy..sometimes they have cute stuff and sometimes it's...exactly what you said. Your coconut shrimp and rice looks awesome! A family friend made coconut with orange peel a while back and I was knocked-out-of-my-seat impressed. I bet your dish would do the same. I'm smacking my lips right now. Yup, smacking.
  16. Julie @ Table for Two May 18, 2012 at 12:42 am #
    this is amazing. i have a love/hate relationship with shopping. some days it's great, the others, it sucks and i feel like a beached whale. forever 21...HIT OR MISS. mostly a miss for me because i think a skirt is a tube top, but oh no, no no no..it's a SKIRT. well, ok..
  17. Krissy's Creations May 18, 2012 at 2:09 am #
    Loving the use of coconut in this! So true, coconut milk is the best!
  18. TastefullyJulie May 18, 2012 at 2:10 am #
    This cracked me up! It's so true. I donated almost ALL my clothes to charity this week (major spring cleaning closet overhaul and my clothes are all ancient). Now I can't find anything new to buy. Ugh.
  19. Maria May 18, 2012 at 3:27 am #
    I hate shopping for clothes. I buy props instead:) Great dish!
  20. Karriann May 18, 2012 at 3:51 am #
    This is a happy meal... Wait, lemme say that again... This is MY happy meal ;) "Happy Cooking"
  21. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 18, 2012 at 5:40 am #
    What a flavorful dish! And as for clothes, I'm with Maria. I'd rather spend my money at Williams-Sonoma. The tank tops work just fine anyway :)
  22. Carole May 18, 2012 at 10:01 pm #
    I was wondering if you would like to put up a link to this fish/seafood recipe in my Food on Friday Series.
  23. Katie | Healthnut Foodie May 20, 2012 at 4:28 am #
    This made me laugh!!! I'm a clothing victim too, but I'm pretty much all skirts and dresses in the summer. Just don't ask me to put on any type of shoe other than flip flops. Love the idea of cooking the rice in coconut milk!
  24. Jennie @themessybakerblog May 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm #
    You mean you don't want to look like Lady Gaga ;) I agree with you, some of the outfits people throw together these days just don't make sense. As far as this dish goes, it looks delicious, beautiful, and elegant. I'd rather be classy over trendy any day. Thanks for sharing this mouth-watering recipe.
  25. Deborah May 22, 2012 at 3:28 am #
    I go shopping and think that I'm getting really old because I don't understand how people wear so many of the outfits! But this shrimp? I'd happily eat my way through it. With a smile on my face!
  26. Aggie May 23, 2012 at 11:22 am #
    Dont get me started on black tank tops. Give me a plate of this instead. Seriously YUM
  27. Katie (Epicurean Mom Blog) May 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm #
    Oh my gawd!!!! I love love coconut! I want to bathe in this dish!
  28. Anonymous June 12, 2012 at 12:12 pm #
    Hi Bev, I plan on making this tonight but I've never cooked shrimp before. Is is better to buy frozen shrimp in the freezer or to get it fresh? Thanks
    • Bev Weidner June 12, 2012 at 12:17 pm #
      Hello! My vote is frozen. I've heard and read that "fresh" is actually just thawed out frozen shrimp, and more expensive at that. So, I say buy the extra large frozen shrimp and just thaw it in some hot water before you cook it. Let me know how it turns out!
  29. Melanie September 8, 2012 at 1:56 pm #
    You are funny. I own a lot of black tank tops as well =) I am going out to the store now to get shrimp!
  30. Troy Stauss July 17, 2018 at 7:59 pm #
    Trying this tonight! I didn’t have Parsley so i though WTF I’m gonna use cilantro. I also added a little honey to the sauce. We’ll see!! ?
  31. Micheline December 7, 2019 at 3:27 am #
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