Shrimp with Kimchi Mayo

PrimalHere we have the rare Primal recipe that tells you to forgo homemade and instead use three store-bought condiments: Korean gochujang, kimchi, and PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Mayo. With this trio of ingredients, you can whip up a wildly flavorful shrimp appetizer. Plus, you’ll get some beneficial probiotic bacteria with every bite.

To make this addictive recipe, you’ll marinate shrimp in Korean gochujang, a fermented chili paste with a spicy and slightly sweet flavor. On the side, finely chopped kimchi is blended with Primal Mayo to make a full-flavored, pungent and creamy sauce for dipping. Quick, easy and delicious!

Servings: 4 appetizer servings

Time in the Kitchen: 25 minutes



1 pound peeled, deveined shrimp (450 g)
¼ cup gochujang (also called kochujang)* (60 ml)
2 teaspoons honey (optional) (10 ml)
1 teaspoon unseasoned rice vinegar (5 ml)
1 tablespoon cold butter, sliced into small cubes (15 ml)
¼ cup finely chopped cilantro (60 ml)
½ cup kimchi (40 g)
1 cup PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Mayo (220 g)

*Buy gochujang made with rice, not wheat, and watch out for additives like HFCS.


In a medium bowl, combine the kochujang, honey and rice vinegar.

Pat the shrimp dry. Add the shrimp to the gochujang marinade, and toss to coat. Spread the shrimp out evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Drop the cubes of butter around the shrimp. Set aside, and preheat oven to 450º F/232º C.

In a food processor, process kimchi until very finely chopped. Add mayo. Pulse to combine. Add more kimchi (or mayo) to suit your taste.

Roast shrimp 3 to 5 minutes, depending on the size of the shrimp.

Sprinkle cilantro on shrimp. Serve warm or cold with kimchi mayo.


About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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