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Thai Yellow Curry with Shrimp and Scallops

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Serves 4

  • by Robert Danhi from Fine Cooking
    Issue 110

Turmeric-laced yellow curry paste, the mildest of Thai curry pastes, is frequently paired with seafood, in this case shrimp and scallops for a mellow curry punctuated by sweet notes from the tomatoes.

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  • 1 (13.5- to 14-oz.) can coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup yellow curry paste
  • 1 cup lower-salt chicken broth, or homemade chicken or vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbs. light brown sugar or light brown palm sugar; more as needed
  • 1 tsp. fish sauce; more as needed
  • 6 whole fresh or thawed frozen wild lime leaves (or substitute 1 tsp. finely grated lime zest)
  • 1/2 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 cup sliced unripe green papaya (1/4-inch-thick bite-size slices)
  • 1 cup bite-size asparagus pieces
  • 1/2 lb. scallops, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges, for garnish

Shake the can of coconut milk or stir it well (this creates a consistent thickness, since the fat often solidifies at the top of the can).

In a 3- to 4-quart saucepan or wok over medium heat, simmer 1/2 cup of the coconut milk, stirring occasionally, until reduced by about half, 3 to 5 minutes. It will get very thick and shiny and may or may not separate; either is fine.

Add the curry paste, whisk well, and cook, continuing to whisk, for 1 minute. Whisk in the broth, sugar, fish sauce, lime leaves, and remaining coconut milk. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.

After 2 minutes, add the shrimp, papaya, and asparagus and continue to simmer, adjusting the heat as necessary.

After 1 minute, add the scallops and continue to simmer. After another minute, add the cherry tomatoes and continue to simmer until everything is tender and cooked through, about 1 more minute.

Remove the curry from the heat. Season to taste with more sugar and fish sauce, and stir in the cilantro. Transfer to a serving bowl (or serve right out of the pot). Remove the lime leaves or tell your guests to eat around them. Garnish with lime wedges.

Serving Suggestions

Serve over Jasmine Rice (or noodles) for a satisfying meal.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 360; Fat (g): 22; Fat Calories (kcal): 200; Saturated Fat (g): 18; Protein (g): 24; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1; Carbohydrates (g): 20; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5; Sodium (mg): 1300; Cholesterol (mg): 105; Fiber (g): 5;

Photo: Scott Phillips

This was delicious and very quick to make. This is a great after work recipe. I will make this again.

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