Pistachio Shrimp with Coconut Sauce by Chef Omar Sandoval

4 servings

12 large shrimp
Black pepper
1 egg white
20ml vegetable oil
100g California pistachios, chopped

For the sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
¼ piece onion
1 clove of garlic
250ml coconut milk
1 tablespoon chipotle peppers

To garnish
15 g beets
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Salt & pepper

To decorate
Cilantro leaves


1. Sauce: add the oil to a pan and sauté the onion and garlic. Add the coconut milk and the pepper; season with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and blend this mix; strain and put the mix back into the pan; season again with salt and pepper.
2. Clean the shrimp (remove the shell and intestines).
3. Season shrimp with salt and pepper and dip them in egg whites; then, bread them with American pistachios and add some vegetable oil drops. Bake at 170°C for 7 minutes.
4. Boil the beets in water and salt. Make beet spheres by using a parisien. Sauté in oil and season with salt and pepper.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!