Coconut Grilled Shrimp Kabobs with Coconut Rice

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this may be my favorite shrimp recipe. hands down. the grill never fails me. the ginger, coconut, and rum combine from the  marinade to form little tiny bursts of flavor crystals.  this recipe brings every amazing island flavor to your mouth, to have a party.

so you are pretty much eating an island party.

the only better thing I could imagine would be to eat an island party, while sitting on an island…

Shrimp Kabobs

1 green pepper, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

1 tablespoon minced garlic

grated lime zest of 1 lime

juice of 1 fresh lime

1/2 14 oz. can coconut milk (light or regular)

1 tbsp rum

1 lb jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Fresh lime wedges for squeezing

2 sweet potatoes, chopped

olive oil for drizzling

optional: cilantro for garnish

Coconut Rice

1/2 cup coconut milk (other half from can above)

1/4 cup rum

3/4 cup water

1 tbsp raw sugar

pinch of salt

3/4 cup of jasmine rice

Directions:

1.Preheat your oven to 400 degrees (if you want to make the sweet potatoes).

Then mix together the ginger, garlic, 1/2 can coconut milk, rum,  lime juice, and lime zest.

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2. Add the shrimp. Let marinate for 1+ hours.

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3. While the shrimp is marinating, begin the coconut rice.  Mix the first 5 ingredients together (under “coconut rice”).

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4. Be sure to rinse your rice. Once rinsed, add it to the coconut mixture.  Let the rice come to a boil, then simmer, covered, stirring every 10 minutes or so. The rice will take approx 45 minutes to cook  (depending on stove top).

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5. While your rice is simmering, cut up some sweet potatoes. Toss them in olive oil (even better, coconut oil!), and bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees, or until desired consistency.

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6. When the shrimp is finished marinating, thread it through kabobs, rotating with the green peppers.

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7. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Place the kabobs on and cook approx 5-7 minutes on each side (depending on how hot your grill gets!). Just watch the shrimp turn a beautiful crispy pink and remove when they are cooked to your liking!

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Serve the kabobs on a bed full of coconut rice and sweet potatoes! Turn on some island music, squint your eyes, look outside, and pretend you are sitting on an island in the middle of the Caribbean!  These coconut flavors will help take you there 🙂

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cheers and happy evolving!

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