Once I first noticed cucumber shrimp boats on TikTok, I assumed they’d make snack. And whereas they most definitely do, I ended up making a complete different batch and consuming all of it as an early dinner as a substitute. For a recipe that may technically come along with solely 4 elements — cucumber, rice, shrimp, and spicy mayo — it actually hit the spot. It isn’t simply the complementary flavors that make this snack-turned-meal so satisfying, it is also the contrasting textures. The chilly crunchy cucumber balances out the nice and cozy sticky rice, whereas the pure saltiness of the shrimp cuts the richness of the spicy mayo. And since it is all contained inside a hollowed-out cucumber, each chew is the proper chew, with simply the best proportions of each ingredient.
In her viral TikTok, creator @themodernnonna additionally seasons her shrimp with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and cayenne, however many different TikTokers have carried out it with none additional spices, counting on solely sriracha and mayonnaise. To present my cucumber shrimp boats a sushi-like taste, I went with Dealer Joe’s Nori Komi Furikake Japanese Multi-Objective Seasoning, however any furikake will do. (Even everything-bagel seasoning would work right here!)
After seasoning the shrimp along with your selection of seasoning, @themodernnonna cooks them in a pan with avocado oil for just some minutes. Nevertheless, creator @faithsfresh, who additionally posted a model of the recipe, recommends giving them a fast toss within the air fryer. This offers the shrimp a little bit of caramelization and a pleasant toasted taste, however it is not solely obligatory, as a result of she begins off with precooked shrimp. You possibly can simply as simply give them a one-minute broil within the oven if you do not have an air fryer and obtain similar-tasting outcomes.
As for meeting, it would not get a lot tougher. To make the boats, you merely slice a cucumber in half, scoop out the seeds with a spoonful, and pat it dry. Pack within the white rice (I used some left over from an Emily Mariko bowl), and prime it with shrimp. A drizzle of spicy mayo is the final step, and if you wish to go the additional mile, you may as well sprinkle on totally different toppings like scallions, sesame seeds, or extra furikake.
Whether or not you retain it easy or pile on the flavour, the outcomes shall be simply as scrumptious. If you happen to want a go-to snack (or meal) that is as fast and straightforward to make as it’s flavorful, you will positively need to maintain the elements for these cucumber shrimp boats available. Here is the right way to make them.
- 2 cucumbers
1 cup cooked white rice
24-pack child shrimp
1 teaspoon furikake
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
Mayonnaise and sriracha to style
Chopped scallions, sesame seeds, and extra furikake for garnishing
- Chop off the ends of every cucumber, then slice in half lengthwise and crosswise. Scoop out the seeds, and pat dry with a paper towel.
- Stuff rice into every cucumber boat.
- Season the shrimp and coat with oil, then fry in an air fryer for 10 minutes at 400°F or in a pan on medium-high warmth.
- Place shrimp on prime of every cucumber boat.
- Combine collectively the sriracha and mayonnaise, or, in the event you want, squeeze them on individually.
- Add toppings of your selection reminiscent of scallions, sesame seeds, and furikake. Take pleasure in!
- Primary Dishes
- 8 cucumber boats
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