Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Grilled shrimp with mango

Mad about mangos? I am nuts about mangos. They are one of my favorites right up there with pineapples and most fruits for that matter. Such an exceptional fruit and so versatile--both for its fragrance, taste and visual appeal. It's no surprise with over 100 varieties to choose from, mango is one of the most popular fruits in the world.

Just to tell you how my mind works, whenever I see a recipe that calls for nectarines or peaches my mind is already in overdrive thinking of substituting mango instead! Why even the name, mango makes me just want to eat them.

Mango just pairs so well with seafood, poultry --a marvelous salsa addition and even added to a delicious summer fruit smoothie! DO try experimenting with this luscious fruit. This weekend I am trying a strawberry mango cheesecake to bring along to a cookout. See what I mean? They are addicting. :)

We finally got a short break in the weather this week and I decided to make my shrimp with mango on the grill. I'll usually have a bag of shrimp in the freezer and love the ease of this recipe and that if I have pop-in company, it's one that can be put together quickly and just turns out great everytime.

1 lb shrimp (2 for serious shrimp lovers like us) peeled and deveined
4 TBLS olive oil
3 tsp fresh ginger, minced well
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
zest of two limes
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
juice of one orange
1/4 tsp tobasco sauce
white pepper & just a pinch of salt
3 TBLS minced cilantro
3 TBLS fresh parsley, minced
2 mangos, peeled and cubed
1 pckg wood skewers

Before you assemble the marinade, soak the wooden skewers in warm water for 15 minutes, to prevent burning. Prepare the marinade by combining all ingredients in a medium bowl. Rinse and peel and devein shrimp and place in the marinade for 20 minutes. Slice the mangos into 1 inch pieces. Now begin skewering the shrimp alternating with mango pieces. Reserve any marinade liquid for basting. Depending on the size shrimp you will use will determine how many filled skewers you'll end up with. On a heated grill or broiler, grill the shrimp for 3-4 minutes each side, basting with reserved marinade liquid on each turn. That's all there is to it!
I served this with jasmine rice and my favorite avocado mango salsa with plenty of cilantro.

Oh! And if you haven't already had enough mango, for a light dessert, serve your guests some luscious strawberry mango smoothies! After all you should have a few more leftover mangos sitting out on your counter :-)

Toss in a blender: 1 peeled and cubed mango, 10-12 hulled strawberries, 1 peeled nectarine, 1/2 cup soy milk, 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 3 tsp wildflower honey, 6-8 ice cubes. Give it a whirl for 20 seconds and top with sprinkled homemade granola. Yum!

Enjoy! Let the fireworks displays begin. I hope everyone has a great 4th of July celebration.


Ciao Chow Linda said...

Love that quick, easy and delicious idea for shrimp and mango.

~~louise~~ said...

I'm almost afraid to admit it...I just can't warm up to Mangos...There, I've said it.

I'll give them one more try, just for you and that tempting shrimp dish.

Thanks for the encouraging recipe, Jady:)

Happy 4th to YOU!!!


Weird, I just made shrimp and mango tacos last night. Great minds think alike? ;)

Karen said...

I *love* mangoes. The best part of it is after cutting off the fruit... I lean over the sink and eat every bit that's left on the stone... juice running everywhere! Mmmm :)

YankeeSoaper said...

Thanks Linda! It's a breeze to prepare.

YankeeSoaper said...

Well geesh Louise! Give it a try.. start with just the smoothie and then try the dish. ;) I hope we can change your mind. Have a super holiday!

YankeeSoaper said...

They surely do Patricia.. tacos? Hmm.. now that sounds yummy as well!

YankeeSoaper said...

I'm with you Karen! Just plain scrumptious! ;)

Chef Chuck said...

I have been stuck on your site, and unable to do anything! This can be a good thing but I am not able to comment. I sent a report to apple. But anyway, I finally made it! These Shrimp with the sweetness of the mango look like a great 4th of July treat! Happy 4th!

Marta said...

No such thing as too much mango :)
These skewers look fantastic, you're right, mango is a great complement to poultry and seafood. I often like it on my tuna steaks! yummy! Delicious and healthy dessert too!

Laurie Vengoechea said...

I have got to try this,, it looks fantastic. I can imagine the flavors together.. yumm!!

Marta said...

I tried this smoothie: it was perfect!

YankeeSoaper said...

Yum indeed Laurie! ;-)

YankeeSoaper said...

Glad you enjoyed the smoothie Marta.. I toss in whatever fruits I have on hand.. tonite I'm going to try papaya :)

Peter @ italyMONDO! said...

That smoothie looks sooooo good :-)