Cilantro Peanut Pesto Pasta with Shrimp Recipe : Season 3, Ep. 11

Don't throw out your wilting cilantro in your fridge. Turn it into this easy and exciting Cilantro Peanut Pesto instead. You'll feel so proud of yourself for not wasting food and your stomach will thank you too!


Cilantro bunch 1 Bunch (100 gm) ((stems and all), cup leaves reserved for serving)
Garlic clove 1 (smashed and peeled)
Ginger 3/4 Inch , peeled
Vegetable oil 2 Tablespoon
Toasted sesame oil 1 Tablespoon
Crushed red pepper flakes 1/2 Teaspoon
Grated lime zest 1/2 Teaspoon
Lemon juice 2 Tablespoon
Light brown sugar 1 Teaspoon
Roasted salted peanuts 1/3 Cup (5.33 tbs) , divided
Soy sauce 3 Tablespoon
Spaghetti/Linguine 3/4 Pound (cooked according to package instructions)
Large shrimps 6 (optional)
Salt and pepper To Taste



In a food processor, pulse peanuts and pour some out for topping at the end. To the processor, add cilantro, garlic, ginger, vegetable oil, red pepper flakes, lime zest, lime juice, and brown sugar. Pulse until a coarse paste forms. Season with the soy sauce and sesame oil and pulse to combine.

Meanwhile, in a pot of salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Reserve cup of the starchy salted cooking water and drain. In a large bowl, toss pesto with pasta while the pasta is still hot. Loosen the pesto with the reserved pasta water if necessary. Sprinkle remaining pulsed peanuts over pasta along with cilantro leaves.

Season shrimp lightly with salt and pepper and a drizzle of oil. Grill for about 1-2 minutes per side, or until they turn pink and the tails start to curl. If you have a lot of shrimp, you can cook them on wooden skewers that have been soaked for about 30 minutes, so they're easier to turn on the grill at the same time. This also makes a beautiful presentation.


Serve with the cilantro pesto pasta.

TIP: The whole point of this recipe is to not waste the cilantro stems. They’re tender and fragrant and can be used in this recipe.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Medium
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 4