Singapore-style shrimp satay with a peanut butter sauce.
The shrimp has a wonderful coating on it that starts as a marinade made from coconut milk, coconut oil, ginger, garlic, lime, shallots, chiles and peanuts. The sauce has a silky, creamy texture with a spicy, zingy flavor that is all around delicious.
The shrimp is tender and succulent after sitting in the marinade and soaking in all those amazing flavors. You can make the peanut sauce ahead of time or skip that altogether for a fast dinner that takes less than ten minutes to cook on the grill. Alternately you can use the broiler in your oven or bake them but they won’t have that great grill flavor and char.
After I made this I went out shopping and two people I never laid eyes on before told me I smelled like the beach. A positive side effect from working with the aromatic coconut oil.
I didn’t let them in on my little secret. While they stared at me with envy in their eyes I played the part, smiling mysteriously and tossing my hair back while pretending I had sandy beach waves.
Then I came home and promptly devoured the leftovers.
Who needs the beach?