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Lemongrass Shrimp Kebabs
with radish and carrot salad

Active: 30 min Total: 1 hr
For our first Vietnamese meal stop, we're enjoying some lemongrass kebabs (shrimp or veggies). This classic herb is a huge part of Vietnamese cooking. If you can't find it, no worries, but do keep an eye out for it because you'll want to include this in future meals.
Smarts: Nuoc nam is a classic Vietnamese dipping sauce. It keeps a long time, so make a big batch for marinades and dressings for salads and veggies.


Nuoc Nam (1 1/2 cups):
  • Water - 1 cup
  • Sugar - 1/4 cup
  • Garlic - 4 cloves , minced
  • Fish sauce - 1/4 cup ((Red Boat brand has the fewest additives))
  • Lime juice - 1/4 cup
  • Hot sauce (opt) - to taste
Lemongrass Shrimp Kebabs:
  • Lemongrass - 2 stalks , chopped ((If you can't find it, just skip it))
  • Shrimp - 1 lb , peeled and deveined
  • Homemade nuoc nam - 3 Tbsp ((Ingredients listed separately))
  • Skewers - 8 to 16 ((8 flat skewers or 16 of the round ones))
  • Cooking oil - for brushing on pan / grates
Radish and Carrot Salad:
  • Daikon radish (enough for 3 meals) - 1 1/4 lbs , grated ((If you can't find this, sub turnip, kohlrabi, or jicama))
  • Carrots (enough for 3 meals) - 1 1/4 lbs , grated
  • Green lettuce - 1/2 head , chopped
  • Cilantro - 1/4 bunch , chopped
  • Cherry tomatoes - 1/2 pint , halved
  • Homemade nuoc nam - 1/4 cup ((Ingredients listed separately))


  1. Make nuoc nam - This makes enough for the entire week - you’ll be using a lot of this sauce! Combine sweetener and water and boil (or heat in a microwave for 1 ½ to 2 minutes, until water is bubbling). Mix with remainder of sauce ingredients and season to taste with hot sauce. Adjust taste as needed - use fish sauce for more savory, more lime juice for tartness, more sweetener for sweetness. Remember to set aside portion for other days. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Lemongrass - Chop.
  3. Shrimp - Rinse and pat dry. Marinate in nuoc nam and chopped lemongrass for at least 30 minutes or up to 1 day. (Can be done up to 1 day ahead)
  4. Skewers - Soak in water. This is an optional step as the kebabs will cook relatively quickly.
  5. Daikon radish / Carrots / Green lettuce / Cilantro - Prep as directed. The radish and carrots are enough for Tuesday and Wednesday’s meals too - set aside 2/3rds. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  6. Cherry tomatoes - Halve.
  7. Assemble skewers - Thread skewers through shrimp. If using round skewers, use two / kebab to make it easier to flip. Lightly salt and pepper.

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  1. For outdoor grill: Preheat grill to 500F (260C) degrees to get the grates nice and hot. Brush grill grates with some cooking oil and then add shrimp kebabs over direct heat. Grill on each side for 3 to 4 minutes with the grill cover closed.
  2. Stovetop: Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Brush pan with some cooking oil and then grill shrimp kebabs on each side for ~4 minutes.
  3. Toss tonight’s portion of daikon radish and carrots (reserve rest for later this week) with green lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, and nuoc nam. Enjoy with shrimp.



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