Shrimp with Spicy Lime and Basil 

Serves 6 

36 shrimp (medium to large, shells removed, tails may be left on), or 6 per person
1/2 cup plus 3 Tbsp. olive oil
1 bell pepper (red or yellow) chopped into bite-size strips
1 onion (small),  chopped or cut into thin wedges
1 cup white wine
1 cup coconut milk
1/2 cup minced fresh mint
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 spring onions, sliced
1 cup lightly packed fresh basil; reserve 1/2 cup for garnish
2 pieces galangal (2”/thumb-size) or ginger, grated
1 to 2 fresh red chilies, sliced, to taste
6 to 8 kaffir lime leaves, snipped into strips with scissors
2 Tbsp. fish sauce
1 Tbsp. honey
2 Tbsp. lime juice
2 Tbsp. olive oil
3 Tbsp. tamarind sauce  - gluten free

Place garlic, spring onions, ginger, chilies, lime leaves, fish sauce, lime juice, 1/2 cup fresh basil, 1/2 cup olive oil, tamari sauce and honey in a food processor. Process well to form a paste. Set aside.

Heat a wok or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 3 tablespoons oil and  just as it begins to shimmer, add the onion and bell peppers and stir-fry 2 to 3 minutes, then add white wine. Allow alcohol to cook off.

Add shrimp and sauce mixture. Cook 2-3 minutes, until shrimp are pink and plump. 
Turn heat down to low and fold in 1/3 cup chopped basil. Add the coconut milk.
Taste-test for spices, adding more fish sauce (salt), coconut milk or more lime juice (acid).

Add a generous topping of chopped basil and mint before serving. 

Jan Buhrman smiles while cookingJan is teaching this recipe in her cooking classes at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico this month.

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