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This spicy garlic shrimp recipe is perfect for a quick, healthy dinner. Pan-fried shrimp is so easy to make and the spicy seasoning which coats them is simply delicious.
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INGREDIENTS for spicy garlic shrimp
- 1 pound of jumbo shrimp
- 3 tablespoons of salted butter
- 1 clove of fresh garlic, minced
- 1 serrano pepper, sliced
- 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger, grated or chopped
- 1/3 cup of sweet chili sauce
- The juice of half a lime
- 1 tablespoon of orange juice
- Salt and pepper
SUBSTITUTIONS & ADDITIONS
JUMBO SHRIMP: Nice big shrimp are the best, but they can be pricey. You can use any size of shrimp or prawns, just cook them for less time if you use smaller ones.
SALTED BUTTER: Unsalted butter will be fine. You can always add a pinch of salt if desired. Alternatively, you may choose to substitute the butter for olive oil.
FRESH GINGER: Fresh ginger is definitely recommended for this recipe, but dried ginger would work in a pinch.
SERRANO PEPPER: If you don’t have a serrano pepper, you can use a chili pepper or jalapeno. If you like spicy food, leave the seeds in the serrano pepper. Otherwise, remove them for a milder taste.
GARNISHES: Top your spicy shrimp with sesame seeds or sliced green onions for bonus presentation points.
HOW TO MAKE This SPICY GARLIC SHRIMP Recipe
STEP ONE: Prepare your fresh or thawed shrimp by peeling and deveining them as needed. You can leave the tails on or take them off according to your preference. Season with salt and pepper.
STEP TWO: Melt one tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over a medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook for one minute on each side until part-cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside.
STEP THREE: Add two more tablespoons of butter to the pan and melt. Stir in the garlic, serrano pepper, ginger, sweet chili sauce, lime juice and orange juice. Cook for three minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens slightly.
STEP FOUR: Place the shrimp back into the pan and cook for one or two more minutes, or until cooked through. Garnish and serve.
IN THE FRIDGE
Cooked shrimp will keep for three days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
IN THE FREEZER
Cooked shrimp can be stored in the freezer for up to three months and reheated from frozen.
How do you cook shrimp on the stove?
To cook shrimp on the stove you will need a skillet and some olive oil or butter. Heat the shrimp over a medium heat for a couple of minutes on each side until they are pink and opaque. Serve immediately to avoid overcooking.
How long to cook shrimp?
Shrimp cooking times depends on the size of the shrimp and how many you have in the pan. They should be cooked until the flesh is completely pink and opaque. Pan-fried fresh shrimp usually take between three and seven minutes to cook.
It’s easy to overcook the shrimp and this will make them rubbery. Cooked shrimp will very quickly turn from a dull gray color to a vibrant pink and white. As soon as this happens, remove them from the pan.
We wholeheartedly believe that this is the best shrimp recipe you’ll ever taste. Hot, spicy and delicious, this classic Creole-inspired dish is perfect as an appetizer, a healthy main course with rice or noodles or to be served on a buffet.
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Spicy Garlic Shrimp
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined with tails on or off
- 3 Tbs salted butter divided
- 1 clove fresh garlic minced
- 1 serrano pepper ~1/4 cup, sliced and seeds removed if sensitive to spice
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger grated or chopped
- 1/3 cup pre-prepared sweet chili sauce
- 1 Tbs lime juice ~1/2 of one lime
- 1 Tbs orange juice
- Optional garnishes: sesame seeds sliced green onions
- Melt 1 Tbs butter in a skillet pan over medium heat.
- Salt and pepper shrimp before adding them to hot pan.
- Cook one side of shrimp for 1 minute, flip over and cook the other side for 1 minute. Take out of pan. They don’t have to be completely cooked at this point. Set aside.
- Place an additional 2 Tablespoons butter into pan and melt.
- Stir in garlic, serrano pepper, ginger, sweet chili sauce, lime juice, and orange juice and let cook, stirring occasionally, until it thickens slightly, about 3 minutes.
- Transfer shrimp back into pan and coat shrimp. Cook shrimp for an additional minute or until cooked through.
- Take off heat and serve warm with rice or noodles. Garnish with sesame seeds and sliced green onions, optional.
- If you like spicy food, leave the seeds in the serrano pepper. Otherwise, remove them for a milder taste.
- It’s easy to overcook the shrimp and this will make them rubbery. Cooked shrimp will very quickly turn from a dull gray color to a vibrant pink and white. As soon as this happens, remove them from the pan.