Kimchi Shrimp

Shrimp Kimchi with Avocado Served as an Appetizer

Gather Butter, Shrimp, and Kimchi For Asian Shrimp Scampi

I’m always on the prowl for dishes that are 4-star with few ingredients, easy to remember, and get a direct pass into dinner rotation. Yep, it’s all here!

This succulent dish is perfect for both a protein dish or even better—a wowzer appetizer!

INGREDIENTS: Serves 3-4 as Side Protein Dish or 4-6 as an Appetizer

Consider adding cold noodles, tossed in equal parts olive oil and ponzu as a bed for the shrimp

  • shrimp – 1 LB., peeled and deveined, [or scallops, or chunks of white fish]
  • garlic – 1 tsp., minced
  • ginger – 2 tsp., minced
  • kimchi – 3/4 cup, coarse purée
  • butter – 2 TBS.
  • lime juice – for garnish
  • cilantro – for garnish


  1. Prepare the ingredients and have ready at the stove–this is a very quick dish
  2. Heat up a skillet and melt the butter, add garlic, and ginger. Sauté for 30 seconds
  3. Add in the shrimp and cook until just pink on both sides; 90 seconds or so
  4. Add in the kimchi and toss until warmed through
  5. Serve with a squeeze of lime juice and chopped cilantro


  • avocado – 2, halved, 1/4″ slices
  • olive oil – 2 TBS.
  • ponzu sauce* – 2 TBS.
  • toasted sesame seeds – 1 tsp. [my favorite go-to seasoning. Here’s a quick recipe]
  1. Scoop out the avocado halves and slice
  2. Fan them artfully on a serving platter
  3. Lightly salt and pepper
  4. Combine 2 TBS. each olive oil and ponzu sauce* and spoon over avocado
  5. Sprinkle lightly with toasted sesame seeds

*Ponzu sauce is a flavored soy sauce found in most supermarkets. It is loaded with umami flavor and I promise you it will be used it far beyond this dish.

This olive oil-ponzu sauce is also delicious for pasta, salad dressing, or for veggie sautés: just combine equal parts olive oil and ponzu; that’s it!

Cooking with friend, Yuan Chang as we continually conceive ways to serve seafood kimchi with avocado
Served with stir fried cabbage and kamut (ancient grain) while watching a thunder storm

EXTRA RECIPE: Ahi Tuna with Avocado This is a sister recipe that is a big winner!

Yuan went a visiting and produced this badass dish for her hosts!

© 2021, Bill Hettig. Recipe inspired by Colu Henry of the New York Times

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