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This sweet-hot Thai recipe can be made with shrimp or chicken and cooks up in minutes. Increase chile sauce and ginger for spicier flavor. Serve in shallow bowls over steamed brown rice.

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30 mins
15 mins
45 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
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  • Heat peanut oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and red bell pepper; saute until softened, about 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add ginger and garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in red chile paste and coconut milk. Add the clams and simmer until flavors combine, 3 to 5 minutes. If curry appears too thick, stir in chicken broth.

  • Finely grate zest from the lime. Stir half of the zest into the curry along with fish sauce and brown sugar. Squeeze some lime juice into the curry. Stir in half of the basil and shrimp; simmer curry until shrimp are opaque and cooked through, 5 to 10 minutes. Thin the curry with more chicken broth if needed.

  • Scoop clams out of the curry, draining their juice back into the saucepan, and discard. Mix in remaining lime zest and basil before serving.

Cook's Notes:

Substitute olive oil for the peanut oil if desired.

Do not use reduced or lite coconut milk, or the recipe will be too watery.

Editor's Note:

Nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of clams. The actual amount of clams consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

350 calories; protein 14g; carbohydrates 13.4g; fat 28.6g; cholesterol 97.4mg; sodium 291.4mg. Full Nutrition