We handcrafted our Vietnamese Lemongrass Rub to achieve all the flavors of authentic East Asian cuisine in half the time. Featuring a mix of lemongrass, basil, chiles and star anise, the rub is the star of this recipe, giving the shrimp and pears a deliciously zesty, spicy flavor.

Prep time: 25 min

Cook time: 15 min

Total time: 40 min

Shrimp, Asian Pear and Scallion Skewers with Vietnamese Lemongrass Rub
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


  • 6 Scallion, ends trimmed

  • 1 Asian Pear

  • 12 Large Shrimp, peeled and deveined

  • 1 Tablespoon Southeast Asian Rub

  • 1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil

  • 1 Teaspoon Honey

  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced

  • 1/2 Teaspoon Toasted Sesame Seed

  • 3 Wooden Skewers


  1. Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, cut white parts of scallions into 2-inch long pieces and set aside. Slice green parts and set aside. Slice pear into thin wedges, discarding core.

  3. Place shrimp, scallion and pear slices in small bowl and rub with oil, honey, lemon juice and Vietnamese Lemongrass Rub. Cover and transfer to refrigerator to marinate for 15 minutes.

  4. Thread 1 shrimp on skewer, followed by slice of pear, piece of white scallion, and another shrimp. Repeat with remaining skewers.

  5. Heat grill over medium. Place skewers on grill and cook until shrimp are bright pink and firm, 3 to 4 minutes per side, brushing with marinade before each turn.

  6. Garnish with chopped scallions and sesame seeds.