Garlic Shrimp Boats

January 2, 2015 by Jenny Melrose

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I am so excited welcome Bobbi from Bam’s Kitchen.  I am absolutely blown away on a daily basis by Bobbi’s gorgeous food and I’m always learning something new from her.  It was heaven the moment I dropped onto her site.  Be sure to stop by and enter to win the NINJA Supra Kitchen System that she is giving away!  As well as check out Cupcakes & Kale Chips for some Healthy Desserts or Love Bakes Good Cakes for some Healthy Meal Ideas for our #EatHealthy15 Series.

Hello The NY Melrose Family readers! It is a pleasure to meet all of you. This is Bobbi from Bam’s Kitchen and I have a fun garlic shrimp boat recipe with a quick fresh pickled radish recipe that is gentle on the waistline and full of flavour. Garlic shrimp boats with pickled radish is perfect to serve as an appetizer or as a light lunch and is a breeze to put together.

Garlic Shrimp Boats

Garlic Shrimp Boats

If you have 15 minutes, then you can whip up a batch of these delightful little light bites.

Garlic Shrimp Appetizer

In addition to being light on the waistline, they are also gluten-free, dairy free, egg free, diabetic friendly, low carb and full of vibrant flavour.

Garlic Shrimp Boats with pickled radishes

After a month of holiday over indulging, this little fun appetizer will be a welcome change to your diet. When you take your first bite of these garlic shrimp boats, you will enjoy the crunch of the endive, freshness of the mint, the cool and zesty quick radish pickles and the aroma of the garlic shrimp. I promise that this fun and healthy appetizer will tantalize all of your senses.

Garlic Shrimp with Pickled Radish

I wanted to give you many different options for assembling your garlic shrimp boats depending on the fresh produce available in your geographic area. I live in Hong Kong and most generally we have access to both Asian vegetables and herbs. However, it is a little more difficult to get the items that are familiar from back at home in the States. I completely understand the challenges of living abroad and access to certain items that we are familiar with. I have taken this into consideration and have given you a few different ideas that make this dish easy to make no matter where you are in this fun and diverse world we live in.

Shrimp Boats

If you are living in Asia, then you will love using Shiso (紫蘇) or perilla is a herb that grows throughout southeast Asia but is most often used in Japanese cuisine. This is a really lovely and refreshing herb. I think it tastes a little minty and has a little bit of basil flavour.


However, if you are living in the Western World and do not have access to Shiso then a great alternative is using crispy endive with mint leaves as a boat for your shrimp. I just love these and had about 3 boats just to do a little taste testing…

Garlic Shrimp Boats with Pickled Radish

I made a great little quick pickle with thin slices of red radishes with a dash of rice vinegar, honey (or sugar alternative) and a little dash of white pepper. You could really quick pickle any vegetable you like but some other great alternatives would be thin micro slices of carrot or cucumber. Just take a look in your crisper to see what you have and go for it.

Garlic Shrimp Boats Ingredients

I had some left over yellow pickled diakon and pickled ginger from a sushi night and these were a lovely topping to the shrimp boats. Freshly grated diakon (Asian white radish) is also a zesty topping that goes well on top of these shrimp boats. Have fun with your topping options.

Garlic Shrimp Boats Appetizers

Eating healthy does not mean that you have to sacrifice flavours and these garlic shrimp are a perfect example of how just a few healthy ingredients such as olive oil, garlic and little fresh lime can really bring these simple flavours to the next level. I used a bag of already peeled and prepared frozen shrimp to save on time and less than 5 minutes flat these shrimp were ready to into my garnished boats.

Along with this quick and easy recipe, I’m also sharing a giveaway for a chance to win a Ninja Kitchen System.  You can enter the giveaway HERE so be sure to enter to win.

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Here are some more delicious and healthy global recipes from Bam’s Kitchen.

Satay Kabocha Curry


Carrot Hummus Rolls


Easy Beef Phở with Oodles of Noodles


Rosemary Herbed Pork chops with Shallot Wine Sauce


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Bobbi - Bam's Kitchen

Bobbi Ann Marshall (BAM) is a registered nurse specializing in cardiology, medical writer, and passionate cook. BAM’s Kitchen focuses on healthy world cuisine, guiding readers with insights into fun and healthy cooking options, with dishes organized by ingredient. includes plenty of fun and simple recipes for special gatherings, romantic dinners, specific dietary needs, or even something to feed those picky teenagers.



  • Bam's Kitchen

    Jenny, thanks so much for the warm welcome and such an honour to be guest posting for you today. Looking forward to meeting some of your readers. Happy New Year to you and your family! Take Care, BAM

  • Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes

    These Garlic Shrimp Boats look like the perfect little bite! I definitely need this after the overindulgence during the holidays!

  • John@Kitchen Riffs

    I love Bam’s blogs! So I’m delighted to see her recipe here. What a lovely dish — pickled radishes are so good, aren’t they? And with shrimp? Just a wonderful combo. Thanks!

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