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Drunken Shrimp
Isaac Toups' Drunken Shrimp + Dirty Rice
Nathan Congleton / TODAY
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Rating:
3.9347825 (46 rated)
Cook time:
Prep time:
Servings:
2-3

This is a great, quick way to serve beautiful, fresh, head-on shrimp. Got someone coming over in 20 minutes? This is your go-to.

Technique tip: Don't be afraid of the heads — they really make this dish. You don't have to serve them with the heads on, but when you're cooking them, gently crush the heads with the back of a spoon. This squeezes out a lot of extra flavor that amps up the dish.

Swap option:  You can use mild white fish instead of shrimp.

Ingredients

    • 1 teaspoon fennel seed
    • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
    • 1 teaspoon ground Aleppo pepper (or paprika or crushed red pepper flakes)
    • 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
    • 1½ pounds extra jumbo shrimp (about 16 to 20 shrimp per pound), peeled and deveined
    • 2 tablespoons neutral vegetable oil, like canola or grapeseed
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
    • 1/4 cup dry white wine
    • 1 cup shrimp stock or unsalted fish stock
    • 10 cherry tomatoes, halved
    • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • Rice, for serving

Preparation

1. In a small nonstick pan, toast the fennel seed and black pepper over medium-low heat until aromatic, about 3 minutes. Allow to cool and then grind in a spice grinder. In a bowl, combine the ground fennel and black pepper with the Aleppo pepper and salt. Lay the shrimp on a baking sheet and generously season both sides with the pepper mixture.

2. Heat the oil in a large heavy skillet or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and sear for 1½ minutes. Flip the shrimp, add the garlic and oregano, and cook for 10 seconds. Deglaze the pan with the white wine, being sure to stir with a spoon to the bottom of the pan.

3. Add the stock and tomatoes and cook until they are heated through. Crush the shrimp heads with the back of a spoon to release the juices. Remove from the heat and fold in the butter and lemon juice, quickly but gently. Serve over rice.