Easy Spicy Shrimp Recipe
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You’ll find this Easy Spicy Shrimp perfect as a quick appetizer for entertaining or for serving over pasta or rice for a main dish with a kick.
This post was sponsored by Sutter Home.
When the trees start showing the slightest hint of new buds that signal warm weather is just around the corner, it’s as if the winter doldrums are instantly shooed away and Randy and I both begin looking forward to gatherings and cookouts with friends. Not that we don’t entertain throughout the year, but there’s something different about being able to open the doors and windows to let a breath of fresh air in along with some of our favorite people.
In our home we’re pretty casual when it comes to entertaining. Entertaining doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated to be delicious and enjoyable. That’s why I always try to keep a mini arsenal of ingredients and beverages on hand for impromptu gatherings that allow us to throw together simple, yet delicious dishes, like Easy Spicy Shrimp. There’s nothing better than being able to be at ease and visit with guests while enjoying a tasty bite and refreshing beverage while the rest of the meal is being finished.
Easy Spicy Shrimp is just one of those simple dishes that’s oh so delicious. It’s an excellent appetizer for any party (or serve it over pasta for a main dish). Pair this Easy Spicy Shrimp with a light slightly sweet wine, like Sutter Home’s White Zinfandel for a perfect sweet and spicy duo. A crisp White Zinfandel offers a subtle sweet balance to this smoky spicy shrimp dish. Plus, sweet and spicy is always a winning flavor combo, don’t you think?
A delightful Moscato or a fruity Riesling would also partner well with spicy dishes and are nice refreshing choices for warmer weather entertaining.
Did you know that American independent family-run Sutter Home winery created the first White Zinfandel? Yes, they did. Back in the early 1970s Sutter Home began using a special technique to turn red Zinfandel into almost a white wine. Then later in 1975 a happy mistake of sorts occurred resulting in an American original, what we now enjoy today as a pretty pink White Zinfandel. Thank goodness for happy mistakes! White Zinfandel is not only a lovely color, but a refreshing sip with hints of strawberry and melon, and certainly a splendid companion to spicy food!
Speaking of spicy food, this Easy Spicy Shrimp recipe is a cinch to make. They take less than 5 minutes to cook! Simply warm olive oil on the stove top in an oven-safe skillet, then whisk in paprika, cumin, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. After spices warm in oil for about one minute, add shrimp. Stir to coat shrimp, then cook, stirring for another minute. Place skillet under preheated broiler until shrimp are done, about two minutes.
Seriously easy with serious flavor! Serve warm with bread or sliced cucumbers for a delicious appetizer or serve chilled by allowing to cool, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
For your next gathering, heat up the grill, prepare your tray of appetizers including Easy Spicy Shrimp, then pop open a chilled bottle of crisp White Zinfandel and you’ve got the perfect start to a lovely evening with friends. Happy entertaining!
Easy Spicy Shrimp Recipe
- 3 ounces extra virgin olive oil
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 pound medium to large shrimp, peeled, deveined, and patted dry
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
- Preheat broiler.
- Warm an oven-safe skillet stovetop over medium heat. Add olive oil. When oil just begins to ripple, whisk in paprika, cumin, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper. Let simmer, whisking, for one minute.
- Add shrimp, parsley and lemon juice. Stir to coat shrimp. Saute for 1 minute. Transfer skillet to oven under preheated broiler. Cook for 2 minutes or until shrimp are done. Carefully remove skillet from oven.
- Serve warm. To prepare ahead and serve chilled, let cool, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
This post was brought to you by the makers of Sutter Home. I received compensation to write this post through the #SweetonSpice program. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.