Shrimp for Tapas Night…“Shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sautee it. There’s, um, shrimp kebabs…PVT Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue

Tapas Night Shrimp

by ibbeachnanaTapas Night Shrimp

Originally I contributed this favorite shrimp recipe over at Food 52… I often have tapas night and include my favorite recipe for shrimp. I use a cast iron paella pan that a friend gave me about 20 or so years ago, not anything like the paella pans that I’ve seen available, but really works great for this dish and stays hot for serving. I like to brine my shrimp so I start there with a recipe that is not mine, but find here (love that shrimp recipe as well) :

Serves 2-4 dinner or tapas

  • 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, brined if you like
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • *3 tablespoons Optional Mediterranean Herb EVOO
  • 3/4 cups EVOO or 1 cup if not using other oil
  • 2 chili pequin ( more for more heat, but they are hot little babies)
  • Pinch of pimento ahumado (smoky sweet paprika)
  • 2 Tablespoons minced Italian parsley
  1. You can choose to brine or peel, devein and pat dry shrimp and sprinkle with salt. Briefly toast the saffron and peppers, set aside.
  2. Place olive oil and garlic in a 10-11 inch pan and heat over medium low to low heat and add the garlic . Cook until the garlic is fragrant but not browned 1- 3 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring, until they just begin to turn pink, about 3 minutes stir in the saffron threads and pequins. Season with salt if necessary toss in parsley. Serve hot with sliced or toasted bread. I used a cast iron paella pan, but a good heavy skillet or everyday pan should work just fine.
  3. Fresh Shrimp for Tapas