Shrimp is considered a delicacy in many cuisines. One of the reasons for its popularity is that it is super healthy. Shrimp contains a lot of protein, vitamin B12, zinc, selenium, and iron. Of course, shrimp is also very tasty. Shrimp is very versatile and can be prepared in a variety of different cooking styles. You have shrimp salads, shrimp pizza, and the ever-popular shrimp cocktail. Grilling shrimp is another popular way of cooking it but even though it is quite simple, there is very little room for mistakes. Overcooking is the main problem when it comes to preparing grilled shrimp at home. It will leave your shrimp rubbery and dry. Leave your shrimp on the grill even a minute longer than you need to and your whole dish can come crashing down. However, the following simple yet fancy recipe will guide you on how to prepare the best-grilled shrimp in your own kitchen.
Grilled shrimp with lemon aioli is seen as a fancy dish, usually reserved for dining out but this need not be the case. Aioli is mostly composed of mayonnaise and this particular recipe is influenced by French cuisine. In reality, it is easy to prepare, inexpensive and can make a great appetizer or even main dish for your next backyard BBQ party. Pair it up with a salad of your choice and you have your meal all ready.
Ingredients for shrimp
Peeled and deveined uncooked shrimp
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ kosher salt
Ingredients for aioli
½ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons minced tarragon
2 minced garlic cloves
2 slices cured lemon
1 tablespoon lemon juice
A pinch of cayenne
Salt and black pepper to taste
First, the shrimp must be prepared for grilling. Mix the shrimp, olive oil, smoked paprika and some salt in a bowl. Make sure to mix them thoroughly, until the shrimp is completely coated in the mixture. Pre-heat the grill to medium heat and lightly oil it. You can skewer the shrimps if you want, but this isn’t necessary. Grill the shrimps for about two to three minutes, each side. It is best to stay by the grill as the shrimps are cooking and flip them as soon as they show signs of being cooked.
Soak the cured lemons in cold water for about ten minutes. After ten minutes, finely mince the lemons. Mix the mayonnaise, minced lemon, lemon juice, garlic, tarragon, cayenne in a bowl. Don’t forget to season it with salt and pepper to taste. For best results, refrigerate the aioli for a few hours before serving it alongside just-grilled shrimp.
This recipe uses simple ingredients, easily obtained at your local market and requires minimal preparation. If you get the proportions of the ingredients just right, you cannot go wrong with this recipe. Once you have mastered this recipe, feel free to experiment with it and come up with your own version of the aioli. Prepare this dish at your next dinner party and your guests are sure to be impressed!
Here’s a quick and helpful guide that you can go through to take you shrimp grilling to the next level!