Thursday, January 28, 2010

Spanish-Style Shrimp

Spanish-Style Shrimp

The other day, I had some fancy schmancy shrimp recipe planned.  Only I had forgotten to get some key ingredient at the grocery store.  Since it was a weeknight and my brain had been all used up at school that day, I didn’t have anything left to try and become creative with a substitution.   And then I remembered a really simple saute of shrimp from:

The Minimalist Cooks Dinner

There are a couple of riffs on the recipe in the book, including a Scampi style and an Asian style.  But I had just bought a cute tin of smoked paprika on the sole basis that I love all religious art, so the Spanish-style was it.  This was quite tasty, completely easy, perfect for a weeknight!

Smoky Paprika!

Spanish-Style Shrimp

Serves 4

  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 or 4 big cloves of garlic, cut into slivers
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • 1 t. paprika
  • 2 pounds unshelled shrimp
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

In a 10-12 inch skillet, combine the oil and the garlic.  Turn the heat to medium and cook until the garlic begins to sizzle.  Add the cumin and the paprika.  Stir, and turn the heat to medium-high, and the shrimp and season with salt and pepper.

Cooking stirring occasionally until the shrimp are all pink, but no longer because you don’t want to evaporate their juice.  Turn off the heat, add the parsley and serve.

32 comments:

La Table De Nana said...

I am known to buy a tin for it's cover too..and I must say Paprikas come in good packages:) The shrimp look good too!

George Gaston said...

Pam, sometimes our mistakes are our rewards. This dish sounds & looks delicious!

The packaging of a product is just as important as the ingredients; sometimes more so. That is a nice image on the tin and its contents added a great touch to your recipe. Many thanks, I'll have to give this a try...

Ty'sMommy said...

You just can't do much better than a nice, simple, shrimp saute. I could eat it ever day!
And I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who has been known to buy bottles or tins, solely for the pretty picture on it. :)

zurin said...

I'd buy a tin for a tin with nothing in it if it was pretty....n nice delicious shrimps !!

Kalyn said...

This sounds just perfect to me. I think shrimp lends itself to simple preparations like this, it's so naturally flavorful it doesn't take much more added to make it into a WOW. Great photo if the shrimp, really looks tasty.

Antoinette said...

Wow, that looks so good. I haven't eaten much seafood since getting off our recent vegan experiment but this looks too yummy.

merrilymarylee said...

Buying a spice for the tin...oh, I DO like you!

How are you liking Remarkable Creatures? I heard the author on NPR recently and thought it sounded intriguing.

Together We Save said...

This sounds wonderful.

Mimi said...

I love buy things just for their packaging, or for their exotic contents, with no real recipe in mind. Something always come up.
Lovely, simple recipe.
Mimi

Katherine Aucoin said...

I would have been a sucker for that can of paprika too!

Hope you get a snow day tomorrow!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

This I gotta try. I love shrimp and this sounds terrific. Thanks Pam.

I like fancy tins too. They look so chic on my spice rack.
Sam

Barbara said...

Sounds good to me!
And I adore the fact that you bought your paprika for the religious art on the tin!
It wouldn't be a first for me to do the same thing! Is that lame or what? Sometimes I'm lucky enough to pick up a really good product too. Perhaps good art on packaging might be a plan for increasing sales.

Kim said...

I'm found myself going Oooh and Aaahh when I first saw your picture. Looks great:D

Peter M said...

This is delicious-syle shrimp. Cumin becomes a nice & warm spice when it hits some heat. The yin-yang with sweet shrimp, I dig.

grace said...

well, it doesn't take much to make them spanish, does it! good to know. i do believe i like the style of espana.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

I love that you bought this for the packaging!!
Great shrimpies - delish.

A Year on the Grill said...

so pretty... what a great photo!

noble pig said...

Nice package and I how easy is this meal!!

buffalodick said...

You had me at shrimp!

Pam said...

I love the paprika tin. I think the shrimp look plump and delicious.

Velva said...

What a creative alternative-This looks delightful. I have no doubt that the paprika provided an interesting flavor.

Love the art work on the front of the paprika tin. I can see why you wanted to purchase it.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I love this hot smoked paprika, too, but for those who like things a best less fiery, smoked paprika also comes in sweet (dulce) and bittersweet.

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

That is a cute tin! And delicious shrimp!

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Pam, Do you think you'll get a snow day from school tomorrow???? I hope we get some snow--but I just do NOT want ICE.... We shall wait and see what happens.

Your Spanish Shrimp dish sounds good....
Hugs,
Betsy

Mari @ Once Upon a Plate said...

"...and my brain had been all used up at school that day"

lol! Oh you little darling, you! Crack me up why don't you??! *grin*

Me too, I'm a fool for beautiful tins. Best of all this recipe looks terrific. Gotta go look into that book. Thanks for sharing!

Chris said...

That shrimp looks too good to be in Tennessee. You sure you're not on the Gulf Coast?

Joanne said...

Ha I love that you bought the tin for its cover. Definitely something that I would do.

EspaƱa Local Prensa said...

Fabulously fresh recipes for every season.

Lea Ann said...

Yum! Great photo! Love that cute little tin of paprika!

My Little Space said...

Mamamia, another wonderful recipe! Good job, Pam!

theUngourmet said...

I like that tin. This looks like one scrumptious shrimp recipe! I haven't had any yummy shrimp in way too long!

Kevin said...

Simple and tasty!