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thai shrimp salad
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Thai Shrimp Salad

Packed with fresh herbs and tossed in a tangy, savory dressing, Thai Shrimp Salad is a fresh (and quick!) way to enjoy delicious Thai flavors.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Main
Cuisine: Thai
Keyword: easy dinner, easy Thai recipe, easy, weeknight-friendly, seafood, shrimp recipe
Servings: 4
Calories: 51kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $10.00


  • Mixing Bowl
  • Saucepan



  • 3 Tablespoons Lime Juice
  • 2 Tablespoons Roasted Thai Chili Paste (see note)
  • 2 Tablespoons grated Palm Sugar (substitute brown sugar)
  • 1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
  • 1 finely chopped Thai Bird’s Eye Chili (optional, can substitute red pepper flakes)


  • 1 pound Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup Cilantro Leaves
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced Shallots
  • ¼ cup very thinly sliced Lemongrass
  • ¼ cup small Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 6 Makrut Lime Leaves, stems removed, leaves very thinly sliced
  • Jasmine Rice, for serving


  • Combine all ingredients for the dressing. Set aside.
  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a simmer. Add shrimp and simmer just until opaque, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Drain shrimp well.
  • Toss warm shrimp with dressing. Add cilantro leaves, shallots, lemongrass, mint, and lime leaves and fold everything together until evenly combined.
  • Serve over rice.



Lemongrass - Slice off and discard the lower bulb and upper stalks of the lemongrass, using just the portion with a purple interior (typically about 2-3 inches). Also remove the tough, woody outer leaves of the lemongrass stalk. Be sure to slice the lemongrass very thin so that it easily mixes with the other ingredients of the salad. 
Makrut Lime Leaves - These firm, dark green leaves give the salad a unique, authentic flavor. Look for them at Asian grocery stores and Whole Foods. Remove the stem and slice them very thinly before adding them to the salad as the leaves can be a bit tough.
Roasted Thai Chili Paste (Nam Prik Pao) - This thick red paste is smoky, sweet, savory, and a bit spicy. Look for Mae Pranom which is sold at most international / Asian grocery stores or Thai Kitchen brand in the international aisle at many grocery stores. 


Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 371mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 286IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg