Friday, January 18, 2013

Fantastic Foodie Friday~ Thai Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Watermelon & Avocado

We marinate our shrimp in wonderfully fragrant flavors like coconut milk, jalapeño and ginger, before pairing them with some unexpected skewer-mates, for a protein-rich meal that's light on the calories.
By Cara Lyons


  • 1 jalapeño chile pepper, stemmed (TIP: For less heat, remove seeds.)
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1 cup low-fat coconut milk
  • 1/3 packed cup fresh mint
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 24 jumbo (21-25) shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • High-heat cooking oil (such as sunflower, safflower or grape seed oil), as needed
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into 16 cubes (TIP: Slice avocado lengthwise into quarters, then cut each slice into 4 chunks)
  • 3 cups cubed seedless watermelon 

  • 8 bamboo skewers, soaked for 1 hour


  1. Prepare marinade: In a blender or food processor, blend jalapeño, garlic, ginger, milk, mint, lime juice and fish sauce on high speed until smooth, about 2 minutes.
  2. In a square baking dish, add shrimp and top with marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  3. Lightly oil grill with cooking oil. Preheat grill to medium-high. Remove shrimp from marinade and thread on skewers with avocado and watermelon, dividing evenly; discard remaining marinade. Grill, turning once, for 6 to 7 minutes, until shrimp are opaque throughout.
Nutrients per serving (2 skewers): Calories: 223, Total Fat: 8 g, Sat. Fat: 2 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g, Carbs: 15.5 g, Fiber: 3 g, Sugars: 10 g, Protein: 24.5 g, Sodium: 294 mg, Cholesterol: 172 mg

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