Lemongrass Shrimp Rolls

This recipe was originally published as part of a menu in Tasting Table National.

TT Test Kitchen Tip: Crushing the lemongrass allows the citric, aromatic flavor to infuse the shrimp in this shrimp-filled take on a seafood roll.

Lemongrass Shrimp Rolls
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Crushing the lemongrass allows the citric, aromatic flavor to infuse the shrimp in this shrimp-filled take on a seafood roll.
Servings
4
main-course servings
Ingredients
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ teaspoons finely chopped ginger (about ½-inch piece of ginger root)
  • 1½ teaspoons finely chopped garlic (about 2 garlic cloves)
  • 1 pound uncooked (16 to 20 count) shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • ½ teaspoon finely crushed red pepper flakes, or more to taste
  • 2 tablespoons plain nonfat yogurt
  • 3½ tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1½ teaspoons chopped chives (about 6 chives), plus more for garnish
  • ½ teaspoon lime zest (about ½ a medium lime)
  • ½ teaspoon lemon zest (about ½ a small lemon)
  • Salt
  • 4 hot dog buns
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 lemon, cut into four wedges
Directions
  1. Place the lemongrass pieces in a plastic bag and use a rolling pin to gently crush the pieces, leaving them generally intact. In a medium skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the crushed lemongrass, ginger and garlic to the skillet and sauté until fragrant and softened, about 4 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes. Stir in the red pepper flakes and sauté for 3 to 4 additional minutes, until the shrimp are pink and cooked through. Remove from the heat, take out and discard the lemongrass pieces and set the shrimp aside to cool.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the yogurt, buttermilk, chives, lime zest and lemon zest. Season with salt. Cut the cooled shrimp in ½-inch pieces and mix, along with the pan juices, into the yogurt-buttermilk mixture. Set aside.
  3. Open the hot dog buns and brush one side with butter. In a medium skillet set over medium-high heat, place the buns outer-side down on the hot pan. Griddle for 2 to 3 minutes until browned, then turn over and repeat on the opposite side.
  4. Spoon the shrimp mixture into the toasted buns and garnish with additional chives. Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side.
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