Green Tea Poached Shrimp

Beautiful food photography: a tray of poached shrimp with a side of homemade dipping sauce. Recipe made using Tetley Pure Green tea.

The goodness of green tea can be found in more than just your cup. Serve this tasty appetizer at your next cocktail party.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Serves: 6



  • 3 Pure Green Tea tea bags
  • 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
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) Thai sweet chili sauce
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) lime juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) honey
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) finely grated lime zest
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) minced fresh ginger



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

Dipping Sauce

  1. Whisk the reserved poaching liquid with the chili sauce, lime juice, honey, lime zest and ginger.
  2. Serve the shrimp with the dipping sauce on the side.


  • Lemon grass paste can be found in the refrigerated herb section at the grocery store.
  • For added flavour, substitute our Pure Green tea with our Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea
  • Serve the shrimp as an appetizer or double the sauce and toss with rice noodles and thinly sliced celery, red peppers, 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.