Grilled Shrimp with Green Chile–Condensed Milk Sauce

Inspired by a dish from 2018 F&W Best New Chef Kevin Tien, cookbook author Andrea Nguyen's sensational grilled shrimp are brushed with a garlicky, basil-infused butter during grilling. The shrimp get an extra punch of flavor from the dipping sauce, which is spiked with Thai green chiles and tempered with sweetened condensed milk, which lends a beguiling, creamy roundness that tames the feisty, fiery condiment.

Grilled Shrimp with Green-Chile Condensed Milk Sauce
Photo: Photo by Eva Kolenko / Food Styling by Carrie Purcell / Prop Styling by Jillian Knox
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 to 6 servings


  • 5 small fresh green Thai chiles, coarsely chopped (about 3 tablespoons)

  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

  • 2 ¾ teaspoons kosher salt, divided

  • 3 makrut lime leaves, spines removed and coarsely chopped (about 1 1/2 teaspoons)

  • ¾ cup chopped scallions (green parts only)

  • 3 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (3 ounces)

  • cup finely chopped fresh Thai basil

  • 1 large garlic clove, finely chopped

  • 1 ½ pounds head-on raw jumbo (U10) shrimp, horns snipped and backs peeled


  1. Pulse chiles, sugar, 2 teaspoons salt, and lime leaves in a small food processor until finely minced and sugar and salt are tinted green, about 20 pulses, stopping to scrape down sides and bottom of processor as needed. Add scallion greens, sweetened condensed milk, and lime juice. Process until creamy and green, about 30 seconds. Refrigerate sauce until ready to use.

  2. Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low. Remove from heat, and stir in basil, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Pour half of butter mixture into a small bowl, and set aside; reserve remaining butter mixture in saucepan for brushing shrimp during grilling.

  3. Devein and rinse shrimp; pat dry with paper towels. Skewer each shrimp, from tail up to head, on an 8-inch skewer. Sprinkle shrimp evenly with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Preheat a gas grill to high (450°F to 500°F). Place shrimp on grill grates; grill, uncovered, brushing with reserved melted butter mixture in saucepan and flipping shrimp often, until tail flesh is opaque and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove skewers from grill, and let cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Remove shrimp from skewers, and pour remaining melted butter over shrimp. Serve with green chile sauce for dipping. —ANDREA NGUYEN

Make Ahead

Dipping sauce can be made up to 1 day ahead and stored in an airtight container in refrigerator.


Find makrut lime leaves and green Thai chiles at South Asian grocery stores.

Suggested Pairing

Off-dry, citrusy white: 2020 McBride Sisters Black Girl Magic Riesling

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