This easy peasy dish is made with sesame oil-seared shrimp, snow peas, and red bell pepper strips in a simple coconut milk-infused red curry. It’s all served over a heaping mound of jasmine rice, with a splash of lime, and a touch of cilantro for authentic Thai comfort food. For real though: easy peasy.
Bring a small pot with 1 ½ cups water and jasmine rice to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 20 minutes, or until tender. Set aside and keep warm. While rice is cooking, start preparing ingredients.
Prepare the Ingredients
Quarter lime. Stem, seed, and thinly slice red bell pepper into thin strips. Mince garlic. Stem and coarsely chop cilantro (reserve a few leaves for garnish). Pull any strings from snow peas. Rinse shrimp, pat dry, and season both sides with a pinch of salt and pepper.
Sear the Shrimp
Place a medium non-stick pan over medium-high heat and add 1 tsp. sesame oil (reserve remaining for curry). Add shrimp to hot pan and cook 2 minutes, or until browned. Transfer shrimp to a plate. (Shrimp will finish cooking in a later step.) Wipe pan clean and reserve.
Start the Curry
Return pan used to sear shrimp to medium-high heat. Add remaining sesame oil, garlic, snow peas, and red bell pepper and cook 2 minutes. Add coconut milk, half the red curry paste, and fish sauce (to taste). Taste, and add more red curry paste if desired. Stir thoroughly, ensuring curry paste is fully incorporated. Bring to a boil.
Finish the Curry
Once boiling, return shrimp to pan along with chopped cilantro and a pinch of salt and pepper. Reduce to a simmer and cook 5 minutes, or until sauce is slightly thickened and shrimp reaches a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees.
Plate the Dish
Place rice in a shallow dish or bowl and ladle curry around rice. Garnish with a squeeze of fresh lime juice, lime quarters, and reserved whole cilantro leaves.