Sweetheart Shrimp Recipe

Your Valentine will be swooning over these saucy shrimp!

Sweetheart shrimp

Your sweetheart will be swooning over these sweetheart shrimp!

What sweetheart wouldn’t be swooning over a meal with a first course that is heart shaped?

Usually we advocate for all things frugal, but not on Valentine’s Day recipes. BUY THE MOST GIGANTIC SHRIMP YOU CAN FIND!!! These were about 16 per pound, and well worth it for a once-a-year splurge! Your sweetie’s worth it, no? (You only need four of them for a cozy dinner for two, after all.)

Shrimp in salty brine

Shrimp in salty brine

Don’t skip the short brine for the shrimp – the salty water brightens the flavor and texture of the shrimp!

Pressing shrimp into spice mixture

Pressing shrimp into spice mixture


Four huge uncooked shrimp, minus veins and shells
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon coriander
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ginger
1/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
A little canola oil spray

Soak the shrimp in 4 cups cold water and 1 tablespoon kosher salt for about 20 minutes. Remove shrimp and rinse well to remove all salt.

Pat shrimp dry with a paper towel. Combine all spices and spread spice mixture on a small plate. Press one side of shrimp in spices. Place shrimp on a baking sheet spiced side up and lightly spray with oil. Broil or grill shrimp until lightly browned on spiced side. Turn shrimp over and press bottom side into spices. Place on baking sheet with this side up and again spray with a little oil. Broil or grill until done.

Other shrimp food blog goodness:
Blazing Hot Shrimp, The Perfect Pantry
Shrimp and Grits, Serious Eats
Many Fabulous Shrimp Recipes, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Cilantro Shrimp Tempura, Stephen Cooks!
Shrimp in Smoked Paprika Sauce, Poor Girl Eats Well

— posted by Donna



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