MEDITERRANEAN SHRIMP WITH HERB INFUSED OLIVE OIL
Roasted, grilled or fried? Come on, shrimp is so outrageously tasty and versatile ingredient that I can hardly believe those who doesn’t like it. Not to mention that it is a source of lean protein and an excellent source of iron, niacin, and phosphorus. But even the shrimp haters will enjoy this “Mediterranean shrimp” recipe. I promise.
Apart from all that tastiness and healthiness, I find shrimp rather intriguing, if not a challenging, ingredient to handle. A cooked-to- perfection shrimp should be succulent enough so that it is bouncy in texture but not mushy (so gross!) and firm with a slight hint of a crunch that should not approach chewy texture (so sad!). Gosh! It does sound like “kitchen rocket science”.
PREP TIME: 30 mins - COOK TIME: 5 mins - TOTAL TIME: 35 mins
-2 pounds medium/large shrimp, deveined (optional), peeled (optional), tail end left on (31/35 count)
-½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
-10 small cloves garlic, green germ removed, cut in half
-2 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary or 1 tablespoon dried
-1 cup minced parsley leaves
-1 teaspoon dried coriander leaves or fresh (optional)
-1 teaspoon honey
-1 lemon juice and zest
-1 teaspoon ground sweet paprika
-1 tablespoon mild mustard
-Salt and pepper
In a pan add olive oil, garlic, rosemary, parsley, coriander over moderate heat until olive oil is well heated for 5-6 minutes but don’t let the olive reach smoking point. Set aside and let herb- spice infused olive oil cool for as long as you can. Strain using a fine-mesh sieve and funnel oil into a small bowl. Add the rest in a food processor until it resembles a fine paste, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
In a small bowl mix well honey, lemon juice and zest, paprika and mustard.
Devein and/or unpeel shrimp (optional). Leave tail on.
In a large skillet pan heat, the herb-spice infused olive oil and add shrimp for 1-2 minutes until it changes color and turn the other side. Add the herb-spice paste and stir well for 1 minute. Toss the honey-lemon paste to combine. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Stir quickly to thicken no more than 2 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
Prepare pasta according to package directions. Use a fork or tongs to grip and lift pasta right in the skillet pan.
Toss to mix. Allow everything to get hot, then serve.