At some point in time (within the last couple years) my boyfriend and I discovered that one of the easiest proteins to cook is shrimp. It's fast - making it perfect for a weeknight or quick hunger fix, easy - even a novice cook can make it, and versatile - you can flavor it in so many different ways!
This recipe is quite possibly one of my favorite ways to have shrimp. They are super flavorful and great to eat on their own (hello cocktail hour), atop a salad (picnic in the park, anyone?), or with a simple spicy pasta (such as my Spicy Garlic and Herb Linguine). No matter how you choose to eat your shrimp they will not disappoint!
If you are able to buy shrimp already peeled and deveined that is great. If not, it adds a bit of prep work/time but nothing that should sway you away from making this. It's worth it! So - should you need to do it yourself, an easy way to remove the shell is simply to get your fingers in between the legs, push til you hear a crack, then peel to either side. Use a sharp paring knife to cut down the middle of the shrimp and remove the vein. Do it in one clean motion so that you don't make an uneven surface.
Leave the tails on! They're pretty. But if you prefer to take them off prior to cooking that's okay, too. They're also really easy to pull off once cooked, so if you don't want to serve them tails-on then pulling them off post-cooking might be an option for you.
Oh, and the secret ingredient? BACON GREASE. Trust me. It's amazing. You'll love it. I promise. Make yourself and your family or friends or roommates a big ol' batch of bacon day of for breakfast and save that grease (in fact, always save your bacon grease to cook with...it's good stuff)!
If you have it in salad form (like I typically do) then do yourself a favor and use the bacon grease/marinade you cook the shrimp in as a base for a simple vinaigrette. Mix it with white wine vinegar and a touch of salt and voila! Delicious.
Smoky Garlic Lime Shrimp
Prep Time: 25-30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes per batch
Servings: makes about 20-25 shrimp
You Will Need:
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