Steamed Shrimp With Mustard Seeds

All this dish needs is a few basic ingredients, and a steamer. It doesn’t get much simper than that.
By Kathy Gori

Steamed Shrimp With Mustard Seeds

I’ve cooked quite a few fast Indian shrimp dishes over the years and Steamed Shrimp is one of the quickest and easiest.

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All this dish needs is a few basic ingredients, and a steamer. It doesn't get much simper than that.
Recipe Type: Side
Serves: 2
  • 1 and ½ lb of medium sized shrimp
  • 1 and ¾ teaspoons of black mustard seeds
  • 1and ½ Tbs of onion, finely chopped
  • 1 serrano chili finely chopped if you want your shrimp a bit milder seed the chili.
  • ⅜ tsp ground turmeric
  • ¾ tsp of salt
  • ¼ tsp Kashmiri chili
  • 3½ Tbs vegetable oil (I use coconut oil)
  1. Peel, devein, wash, and drain the shrimp. Set them aside.
  2. Grind the mustard seeds in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Pour them into a non reactive (stainless steel, glass, or ceramic ) type bowl. Add in 1 Tbs of water to the ground mustard seeds. Add in the turmeric. Add in the salt, Kashmiri chili, coconut oil, and serrano chili.
  3. Stir everything together well.
  4. Add in the cleaned, shelled and deveined shrimp.
  5. Stir them around in the spice mixture.
  6. Cover the bowl and set it all aside for about 10 minutes.
  7. While that's going on, set up your steamer.
  8. I used a simple 10 buck bamboo steamer.
  9. Actually it didn't work so well this way, (like it wouldn't close) so I put the shrimp mixture on a plate and put that in the steamer. It worked perfectly.
  10. Steam the shrimp until they're opaque all the way through. This usually takes about 10 minutes.
  11. Give the shrimp a whirl with a spoon about halfway through the steaming process, cover them and carry on cooking.
  12. It generally doesn't get much easier than that to have something like this.

Kathy Gori

Kathy Gori has a passion for Indian cooking. She brings 20 years of cooking experience and a natural flair for communicating her culinary adventures to her blog The Colors of Indian Cooking "A Hollywood Screenwriter, A Bollywood Kitchen". Food writer, commercial and cartoon voice actor (Rosemary the telephone Operator in Hong Kong Phooey among others) and screenwriter (Chaos Theory starring Ryan Reynolds) Kathy is also a Clio award-winner. She and her screenwriting-partner husband Alan live with their Siberian Husky Patsy in Sonoma, California.

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