Simple Sunday Snack: Chili Shrimps

A few weeks ago, my sister, my mom and I watched episodes of Gordon Ramsay’s Ultimate Cookery Course at home. One of the things that I appreciate about his show is his authenticity as a chef. He confidently and humbly shared his tips and recipes which inspired me to continue learning and growing in the kitchen. This morning, I decided to apply a lesson I learned from him when I made a shrimp dish for lunch: “Learn to balance flavors. Don’t be afraid to use chili!”



From Google Images
From Google Images

I don’t know why, but cooking with chili isn’t a usual thing for me. In fact, I only started to like chili in college when I discovered how good it was when paired with steamed siomai (which were sold in the kiosks near the MRT and LRT stations). So, today, I used green chili with my shrimp scampi, for a change. Surprisingly, I liked the idea! After eating a bowl of shrimps with my mom and sister, I even told my sister: “I think I’m going to make shrimp scampi with chili ALWAYS!” Hahaha.




I enjoyed it so much that I regretted how I didn’t use chili that much before. If it wasn’t for Gordon Ramsay’s cookery course, I wouldn’t have considered using chili in my dishes. It made me realize how it was similar to missing out on blessings and wisdom when I don’t intentionally spend time with and learn from God, who knows EVERYTHING. If I am able to enjoy learning from simple cooking instructions by a world-renowned chef, I can just imagine how awesome it would be to continue learning and growing more from God’s Word. :)

Indeed, I shall do so by His grace, one step at a time.






Half a kilo of shrimps

2 tbsp. of herb butter

1 tbsp. of olive oil

6 cloves of garlic

1 green chili (I used one, without the seeds. But if you want it to be a bit more spicy, you may include the seeds and/or add another chili.)

Salt & Pepper

1 tbsp. of fish sauce

1-2 tbsp. of water



  1. Rinse and remove the shrimp heads from the body. Set aside.
  2. Remove the veins of the shrimps.
  3. Season the shrimps with salt and pepper.
  4. By using a mortar and pestle, crush the shrimp heads with water.
  5. Heat herb butter and olive oil in a pan.
  6. Slice the garlic and green chili. Add to the pan.
  7. Cook the shrimps for 2-3 minutes. Add the fish sauce and the shrimp heads’ sauce.
  8. Serve and enjoy!


Encourage yourself one treat at a time. :)

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