Sometimes you just have to make something fun and a little out of the ordinary. I love fun dinners like this, sometimes they take a little more time but they are always worth it because they are always so delicious. Well today I am sharing one of these fun recipes, Shrimp Banh Mi with Quick Pickled Vegetables.
If you aren’t familiar with Banh Mi’s they are a delicious, they usually contain a marinated meat, pickled vegetables, cilantro, jalapeños, on a baguette. These sandwiches originated in Vietnam as a result of French colonialism, a beautiful combination of the two cultures. I love learning the history of foods, sometimes they are so interesting!!
Shrimp Banh Mi with Quick Pickled Vegetables is comprised of three main components. First you will make the quick pickled vegetables. The pickled vegetables are made at least an hour ahead of time (or even the day before), it is as simple as carrots and cucumber chopped up with a simple pickle mixture of rice vinegar, water, sugar, and salt.
The second component of these Banh Mi’s is the shrimp. A quick and tasty marinade is mixed together and the shrimp are added for about 20 minutes to an hour. The shrimp are then cooked in the shocking quick time of about 6 minutes.
The last component of the Banh Mi’s is the sandwiches themselves. Crispy baguettes are warmed and lightly toasted, then spread with mayo. The shrimp are added and then topped with the pickled vegetables, sliced jalapeños, and fresh cilantro.
These Banh Mi’s are best served with friends and a cold beverage. Enjoy!
TIP & TRICKS:
- I find the quick pickled vegetables best when I made them the night before, I found it easiest to make them real quick when I am making dinner the night before, they only take a few minutes to whip together.
- Seafood does not need that long to marinate, unlike chicken and beef, you will get the full flavor of the marinade if you only have 20 minutes for it to sit, so no need to sweat if you don’t have an hour to let it sit.
- These sandwiches are way good with french fries 😉
Peace & Love
Lauren “The Schmidty Wife”
P.S. Looking for other shrimp recipes? Try my Simple Shrimp & Cauliflower Mash.