This is a light curry flavor shrimp that’s baked in a zucchini boat. The flavor is very smooth and delicate and it is very simple to make. As a child, I grew up eating curry; lots of it. I, however, rarely cook curry. I was recently inspired when my spouse returned from a three-week business trip from East Asia. I figured he would be a great taste tester since he ate a lot of curries, mostly vegetarian, while he was there. This inspiration is a light curry and zucchini dish, which I served as an appetizer. His comments were, “Is there any more of this?” I hope you will enjoy this dish as much as we did. I encourage you to try this dish. Leave a comment and follow my Blog for more great recipes. Thanks.
Curry Shrimp and Zucchini
- 1 pound small shrimp
- 2 large zucchini
- 2 scallions finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons ginger finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 3-4 sprigs of thyme chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon ground tandoori spice
- 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and extra for greasing the baking sheet
- 1 cup shredded Mexican mixed cheeses
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees
Clean, wash and dry the shrimp (remove the tails)
Wash the zucchini with a vegetable brush, cut off the ends and cut each zucchini in two lengthwise.
Using a spoon, scoop out enough of the middle of each zucchini to form a boat
Note: reserve the zucchini that was scooped out to add to the shrimp mixture
In a small bowl add the scallions, ginger, garlic, thyme, tandoori spice, curry powder, turmeric, allspice, black pepper, and water. Use a spoon to combine
Heat two tablespoons olive oil over medium heat
Add the combined spice mixture and stir. Cook for about five minutes until very fragrant
In the meantime, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat with a little olive oil
Place each zucchini boat side by side on the pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper
Remove the cooked seasoning from the stove briefly. Using a pastry brush, dip it in the seasoning and brush each zucchini inside and out.
Note: Be careful as the mixture is hot.
Put the pan back on the stove and add the shrimp, stir to combine
Cook shrimp for two minutes then add the salt and the reserved zucchini and continue cooking for two minutes. Remove from the stove
Add one tablespoon cheese to each of the Zucchini boats.
Divide the shrimp mixture into four and add to each of the zucchini boats
Top with the rest of the cheese
Bake in the oven for 16 minutes
Remove from the oven, plate and serve
You can substitute the Mexican cheese mix for cheddar cheese.