The lettuce lightens the dish, and adds a wonderful texture to the dish – so be sure not to omit it.
For low carb, replace noodles with Shirataki noodles (see below for more information).
Thai Pesto Noodles with Shrimp
- 8 oz rice stick noodles or Shirataki noodles for low carb
- 1 lb shrimp
- ½ head Boston or iceberg lettuce shredded
- ½ cup fresh cilantro packed
- ½ cup fresh basil packed
- 3 Tbsp natural peanut butter
- 3 Tbsp oil
- 2 Tbsp GF fish sauce
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tsp fresh ginger minced
- ¼ tsp red chili flakes
- Juice and zest of 1 lime
- 2 tsp brown sugar omit for low carb
- Cook the noodles according to its package directions. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water.
- To prepare the pesto, combine everything into a small food processor and pulse until combined. Set aside.
- In a skillet, fry the shrimp in a bit of oil or water until cooked, about 3 minutes. Set aside.
- Once noodles are tender, drain well and return back to pot. Add pesto and shrimp, gently tossing to completely coat. Remove from stove, and allow to cool for 5 minutes.
- Just before serving, add the lettuce and gently toss to combine then serve immediately (you don't want lettuce to get too warm and start wilting).
- Drizzle with more lime juice, and season with salt and pepper to serve.
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