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Green Tea Poached Shrimp

Tetley Green Tea Poached Shrimp
Green Tea Poached Shrimp

The goodness of Green Tea can be found in more than just a beverage. Serve this delicious, healthy, fat free appetizer at your next cocktail party.


  • 3 bags - Tetley Pure Green Tea
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) - lemongrass paste
  • 1 piece (1-inch/2.5 cm) - fresh ginger, sliced
  • 2 - cloves garlic, sliced
  • 8 - Szechuan or black peppercorns
  • 1 lb (500 g) - large shrimp (31 to 40 count), peeled with tails intact

Dipping Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) - Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) - each lime juice and honey
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) - finely grated lime zest
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) - minced fresh ginger


  • Preparation time: 10 minutes
  • Total time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty: Easy


The goodness of Green Tea can be found in more than just a beverage. In this recipe, Tetley Pure Green Tea provides a low sodium yet tasty alternative to broth for poaching shrimp. Serve this fat free appetizer at your next cocktail party and your body conscious friends will applaud you.

  • Combine 3 cups (750 mL) water, tea bags, lemon grass, ginger, garlic and peppercorns in a medium skillet set over medium heat.
  • Bring to a gentle boil; remove the tea bags and reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer.
  • Add the shrimp and cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes or until no longer opaque.
  • Remove the shrimp to a paper-towel lined plate.
  • Reserve 2 tbsp (30 mL) poaching liquid.

Dipping Sauce:

  • Whisk the reserved poaching liquid with the chili sauce, lime juice, honey, lime zest and ginger.
  • Serve the shrimp with the dipping sauce on the side.
  • Makes 6 servings.

Tetley Tips:

  • Lemon grass paste can be found in the refrigerated herb section of the supermarket.
  • For added flavour, substitute Tetley Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea for the Pure Green Tea.
  • Serve the shrimp as an appetizer or double the sauce and toss with rice noodles and thinly sliced celery, red pepper and carrots for a quick Asian inspired noodle salad.

*Per serving (about 6 shrimp with sauce): 44 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 45 mg cholesterol, 86 mg sodium, 6 g carbohydrates, 0 g fibre, 5 g sugars, 5 g protein.