Vietnamese Shrimp Pops with Peanut Sauce

Vietnamese shrimp pops

Recipe from Weber's Way to Grill™ by Jamie Purviance

Serves: 4 to 6 // Prep time: 30 minutes | Chilling time: 30 minutes to 1 hour | Grilling time: 4 to 6 minutes | Special equipment: metal or bamboo skewers



  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk, stirred
  • ⅓ cup old-fashioned peanut butter, stirred
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lime zest
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon hot chili-garlic sauce, such as Sriracha
  • ½ teaspoon peeled, grated fresh ginger


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • ¾ pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh basil leaves
  • ¼ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 large garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil


  1. If using bamboo skewers, soak in water for at least 30 minutes.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan combine the sauce ingredients. Place over medium heat and cook (but do not simmer) just until the sauce is smooth and slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes, whisking constantly (the sauce will thicken further as it cools). Remove from the heat.
  3. In a food processor or blender pulse the shrimp pop ingredients and process until a chunky paste is formed. Pour the vegetable oil onto a sheet pan and brush it evenly all over the surface. Using two spoons, shape the mixture into small ovals or quenelles, placing them on the oiled sheet pan as you make them. Turn them, making sure they are well coated with oil. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour to firm up the texture.
  4. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat (450° to 550°F).
  5. Place a quenelle on the end of each skewer. Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the shrimp pops over direct high heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until they are opaque throughout, 4 to 6 minutes, turning once or twice (cut one open with a sharp knife to test for doneness). Arrange the shrimp pops on a serving platter. Serve warm with the dipping sauce.

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