It took some time, but we have a full family that likes shrimp now. Some of it has been learning the best ways to cook it that keep it from being too tough but still tasty with good texture.
I’m not normally the come up with recipes completely out of thin air type. I don’t know if that will ever be me. But, I do sometimes make my own thing after being inspired by other recipes. I wanted to do something special for some salmon we had. In a cookbook I found a recipe that used mint (not our favorite ingredient), parsley, and lemon along with a few other ingredients. I decided to take from that and come up with something using what I had on hand. It ended up delicious and something I will make (or riff on) again.
During all of the crazy snow we had this winter, my in-laws were visiting and had their flight cancelled. Not normally a big problem but the grocery stores were stripped clean of essentials which made meal-planning tricky. I was lucky that I had already picked up ingredients for this, originally thinking it would just be for the four of us, but it ended up feeding the six of us with leftovers. And, it was so easy!
For today’s recipe I came across a recipe that looked fairly simple and fast but still appealing to us. I made some changes and it was so easy and delicious!
We had some friends visit us from San Francisco recently and they were kind enough to gift all of us with fun toys. They got me a sous vide gadget. Now, K’s brother uses one frequently but I’ve never considered getting one. It seemed too fancy for me, and too complicated. But, since I now had one, of course I had to use it and try it out! I did some research and decided that a shrimp dish would both be the easiest (it’s hard to undercook shrimp) and make the most sense to appreciate the tool (perfectly cooked shrimp that tastes extra shrimpy because of the technique sounds great!).
My parents used to make this for special occasions, especially their anniversary. I loved it! They would also make it with scallops, but would cook the two seafood separately since I don’t like scallops. This recipe is a bit fancier than what they would make since their recipe was more “a bit of this and a bit of that…and a healthy bit of wine” but it reminds me of those special nights all the same.
I’ve made this twice now, and the first time was as directed with shell-on shrimp, and it was amazing. The second time was still tasty, but the shrimp not quite as tender…I also used shrimp that only had the tail still on. It’s not that I needed the extra work done for me, but the place I went to didn’t carry raw shrimp with a full shell. Next time, I will try the full shell again to see if it is as amazing, and then I will update to specify that…otherwise, I will still say it is delicious either way. I wouldn’t do this with the shells completely off, though, since you need them to help flavor the sauce.
I had saved this recipe and randomly pulled it out one weeknight to bake while I prepped the rest of dinner. It made the dinner a touch more fancy, even though it is quite simple and fast.