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Peppery Garlic Prawns

Shrimp marinated in a mixture of garlic, pepper, lemon juice, and brandy, quickly sautéed and served over rice with a sprinkling of parsley.

Peppery Garlic Prawns
Elise Bauer

My friends are so very patient with me.

BFF Steve-Anna first emailed me this spicy, peppery shrimp recipe, a favorite of hers, four years ago. And then again, at least two or three more times, when I declared I couldn't find it, and would she please-pretty-please send it again.

Hey Stevie, we finally made it! Just in time for Lent.

Dang, what took us so long? Love the shrimp! It certainly packs a punch though, with all of the black pepper the recipe asks for. Feel free to cut back on the pepper to tone it down a bit.

The recipe also calls for a tablespoon of brandy. This I think is an essential ingredient for the recipe. (Actually with so few ingredients, they're all essential.)

There is no substitute. If you simply cannot cook with alcohol, add a dab of butter to the olive oil. It will change the flavor of the finished dish, but it should still taste great.

Peppery Garlic Prawns

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Marinating 60 mins
Total Time 75 mins
Servings 2 to 3 servings

Menu suggestion: Goes well over white basmati rice (be sure to drizzle extra sauce from the pan over the rice), snow peas or sugar snap peas, and some french bread to soak up the garlic sauce. If you don't like the strong black pepper taste, you can back off a bit and it's still great.

Ingredients

  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed black peppercorns*
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 1 lb. raw medium-sized shrimp, shelled, de-veined and split (tails on or off)**
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • *Crushing the peppercorns can be done with a mortar and pestle. Or if you don't have a mortar and pestle, place the whole peppercorns in a small ziplock bag and place that bag inside another ziplock bag and smash with a hammer. Do this on a hard surface, if done on a wood surface, it can leave dents. The ziplock will also tear a bit, so take care not to lose the crushed pepper (why you double bag it).
  • ** Trader Joe's has great frozen uncooked, shrimp, shelled and de-veined with tails on. To defrost frozen shrimp, place in a bowl of ice water in the refrigerator.

Method

  1. Marinate the shrimp:

    Mix together the crushed garlic, salt, crushed peppercorns, lemon juice and brandy. Add the shrimp and marinate at least an hour or up to overnight in the fridge.

  2. Sauté the shrimp:

    Heat a heavy skillet over medium high heat and add olive oil. Add shrimp and garlic mixture and cook quickly, tossing shrimp. The longer the shrimp has been marinating, the less time it takes to cook.

    Cook until the shrimp has turned opaque (generally only 2-3 minutes).

    Garnish with chopped parsley.

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Elise Bauer