Shrimp with lemongrass (Sambal udang serai)

Shrimp with lemongrass (Sambal udang serai)

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indonesian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Marvellina
Shrimp is cooked in aromatic sambal sauce with distinct lemongrass flavor. Stink beans are usually added to this dish but you can definitely make this dish without them.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cayenne peppers process into a paste with food processor with a bit of water
  • 1 lb large uncooked shrimp shelled and deveined
  • 4 shallots peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 stalks lemon grass bruised to release flavor and cut into half
  • 10-15 Petai/sataw beans halved
  • 4 Roma tomatoes roughly chopped
  • Salt and sugar to taste
  • 1/2 cup of boiled water
  • 2 Tbsp of cooking oil

Instructions

  • Preheat skillet/wok with oil. Add in shallots and saute until soft and fragrant. Add in ground chilis and continue to saute for about 1 minute. Add in lemon grass and tomato. Cook for another minute until it smells really good. Add in the petai (if using) and cook for another 2 minutes or until cooked through. Add in the shrimps and cook until shrimps turn color, about 1 minute
  • Add in boiled water and lower down the heat and let it simmer for 1-2 minutes
  • Season with salt and sugar. It should taste slightly sweet, savory, and spicy. Serve immediately