Thai Barbecue Recipes

Are you bored of the ever repeating steaks or chicken drumsticks on your grill? Why not try something new with an Asian twist. In particular the Thai cuisine is famous for its grilled dishes. We will show you two Thai Barbecue Recipes that you can easily do at home with great results. 

The first one is grilled shrimp marinated with lime and garlic. Shrimp is very popular in Thailand and come in many different sizes and shapes. Some of you might call them Scampi and without going too much into detail, this recipe can be done with any type of crustaceans. 

Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Ingredient list: 

10-12 big shrimps (raw, with shell and head on) 

1 tablespoon lemon juice 

3 cloves garlic 

2-3 tablespoons water or chicken broth 

2-3 neutral vegetable oil 

Salt and Pepper 

A dash of soy sauce 

Pinch of sugar


  1. Cut the shrimps in half with a sharp knife and at their backside and remove the black insides. Rinse with clean water.
  2.  Peel the garlic and cut in pieces, then blend with a mixer with the oil, water and lemon juice to a smooth marinade.
  3.  Put the shrimps with the shell facing the heat on the grill. During the cooking time of approximately 3-4 minutes brush the shrimps with the marinade. Once they are done, turn them and grill the cut side for a very short moment. Serve with the remaining marinade as a dip.


If you want a more intense flavor and have time to prepare this dish ahead, you can marinade the shrimps in the dip for a few hours or over night in the fridge. However, then you should not eat the remaining marinade. Better to make a fresh one as a dip. 

The second recipe is grilled pork skewers with a peanut sauce, or Moo Satay how they are called in Thai. They are a favorite street food in Thailand and very popular as a snack on the go or as an appetizer. This dish consists of three components: the pork skewers, a peanut sauce and a cucumber salad. It sounds like a lot of work and probably difficult, but the different steps can be done while the meat marinades and are pretty easy to replicate. 


Pork skewers (Moo satay) Recipe

Ingredient List: 

 500g pork tenderloin (or chicken), cut into thin slices about 1” wide and 3” long 

2 tablespoons yellow curry powder 

1 teaspoon turmeric powder 

1 cup coconut milk 

1 tablespoon soy sauce 

1 teaspoon baking soda 

30 wooden skewers 


Peanut sauce ingredients: 

2 tablespoons red curry paste 

2 tablespoons sugar 

2 tablespoons ground peanuts (or peanut butter, chunky or smooth) 

2 tablespoons tamarind paste / juice 

2 tablespoons coconut cream (or the upper part of canned coconut milk) 


Cucumber in vinegar: 


1 cucumber, quartered and thinly sliced 

1 long hot red pepper sliced (optional, depending on availability and your spiciness level) 

¼ cup sugar (or less, depending on liking) 

1/3 cup vinegar 

1/3 cup water 




  1. Soak the wooden skewers for at least 30 minutes in water to prevent burning of the ends. Meanwhile marinate the meat with the ingredients.
  2.  Heat the coconut cream in a sauce pan over medium heat. Add the red curry paste and mix well. If you see some red oil on the surface, add the remaining ingredients, stir and taste. If the sauce is too thick, you can add a few teaspoons of water. Set aside and let it cool down.
  3.  For the cucumber salad place and mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside and chill in the fridge.
  4.  Remove the skewers from the water and thread the pork stretched out flat on the skewers. Grill the meat on a charcoal grill under medium heat and turn regularly.
  5.  Serve the grilled skewers with the peanut sauce and the cucumber in vinegar. Typically it is served with slices of roasted toast bread as side dish. 











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