Spicy Grilled Jalapeno & Lime Shrimp


It would appear that shrimp has been on my mind, considering the last 3 recipes I've posted have included them...just an interesting observation.

Shrimp are great because they're healthy, easy, and very versatile. They usually remind me of spring/summer, so maybe I'm just subconsciously trying to bring the warm weather back!

In any event, this recipe is meant to be grilled, but it's way too cold for that, so I used the broiler and they still came out great! I can thank a good friend of mine for introducing these to me -- she made them for us a couple of weeks ago and they were just delightful, so I had her send me the recipe.

These would be great as an appetizer (as I did), or you could even top some pasta with them and I think it would also be good. Enjoy! Ingredients:

Equipment needed: long skewers (I used wood -- make sure you soak in water first)

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped

3 tablespoons olive oil

Zest of 1 lime, plus 5 tablespoons juice (from 3 limes)

6 cloves garlic, minced (1 to 2 tablespoons)

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (can substitute black pepper if you're out like I was)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 pounds extra-large shrimp (21 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined

1 teaspoon sugar (save for later)

1 tb fresh cilantro, chopped (save for later)

Directions: Combine the jalapeno, olive oil, lime zest and juice, garlic, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth. Set aside 2 tb of the marinade for later. Butterfly the shrimp. Mix the shrimp with the marinade and refrigerate covered for at least 30 minutes, but not more than 1 hour. Place the shrimp onto skewers, alternating the direction of the shrimp. Sprinkle one side of the shrimp with the sugar. Place the shrimp on a baking sheet and place under the broiler (about 3-4 inches from the top) on High. Cook with the sugared side down first, about 3-4 minutes. Flip the skewers and cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Once done, top with the remaining marinade and cilantro. Serve immediately. (I just served mine in a bowl and just took them off the skewers before adding the remaining marinade and cilantro).

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