Saturday, March 1, 2008

Marinated Grilled Shrimp


I am always looking for good seafood recipes, as we seem to eat a lot of chicken and beef. I love the simplicity of this dish. There is a little bit of a wait for the shrimp to marinate, but otherwise the recipe comes together really quickly and makes a great weeknight meal.

The flavors are perfect, too. Tomato and basil are always great together - I love fresh basil so much that I pretty much love anything with basil in it :) The cayenne complements the other flavors without making it spicy at all. As the author of the recipe warns, don't leave it out! I might even add more cayenne next time to give it some kick. I halved the recipe (but included the full recipe below) and it was the perfect amount for the two of us. I served it with lemon risotto and roasted garlic bread... mmmm!


Marinated Grilled Shrimp
from Allrecipes.com

3 cloves garlic, minced (I halved the recipe and still used 2 cloves)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/4 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 pounds fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
skewers

In a large bowl, stir together the garlic, olive oil, tomato sauce, and red wine vinegar. Season with basil, salt, and cayenne pepper. Add shrimp to the bowl, and stir until evenly coated. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes to 1 hour, stirring once or twice.

Preheat grill for medium heat. Thread shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head. Discard marinade.

Lightly oil grill grate (I use my George Foreman grill; no oiling needed). Cook shrimp on preheated grill for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until opaque.

Yield: 6 Servings.

15 comments:

  1. This recipe is the kind of food my husband dreams about at night . . .

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  2. yum! I love shrimp with these flavors! Great pictures too. This is the first time I've came across your blog. I'm from the nest too :)

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  3. I will have to give this recipe a shot. My little girls love shrimp. I also need to come back and puruse your site some more but alas I was just informed by Sizzles that STicky-Butt is eating the playdough. :)

    Anyhow, yes that is a picture of Clostridiam difficile on my website. I meant to post E.coli0157 but C.diff (which causes diarrhead not vomitting and mostly affects old people) matched my blog colors better. I can't believe I just admitted that out loud. :)

    I hope you haven't battled that bug, it is pretty awful.

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  4. This entire meal looks absolutely delicious. My husband and I have been looking for a grilled shrimp recipe that was similar to something we had on our honeymoon. This looks great!

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  5. Oh good lord! This is what they call "food porn". This looks--and sounds--thrilling and delicious.

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  6. Oh My! I can not wait to make these. They look absolutely divine and perfect. I always overcook my shrimp so this will be a challenge to get mine to look and taste as good as yours!

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  7. Looks really good! The lemon risotto too.

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  8. These look so delicious! I love the bright color of them too.

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  9. These look incredible! I am always looking for new shrimp recipes. We will definitely be trying these this week!

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  10. That grilled shrimp looks good!

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  11. Love grilled shrimp and this looks to be no exception. Served with lemon risotto sounds perfect. This one is dog-eared! Thanks for entering my contest. Good luck!

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  12. Dude, I left a comment on here and it didn't show up. I tried like 3 times. I think Blogger gets screwy a lot of the time.

    I don't remember what I said. Probably, "Great looking shrimp!"

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  13. Haha, that is funny Emiline. My comments are moderated, so sometimes they don't show up right away until I approve them.... but in this case I don't even see the other comments you left waiting for approval! I think blogger ate them up ;)

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  14. This recipe is perfect for me! Trying to get my family to eat more seafood and I think this might be the recipe to do it!

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  15. Wow! Another recipe I just have to try! I need to stop looking now, and come back when I am home so I don't get too side-tracked here at work! LOL!

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