2011, Recipe 2: Tyler's Ultimate Grilled Shrimp

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence
  • Oil
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
  • 2 lemons, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 16 large head-on jumbo shrimp in the shell, shells split down the back
Put a large grill pan on 2 burners over medium-high heat or preheat an outdoor gas or charcoal grill and get it very hot. If you're using an outdoor grill, take a few paper towels and fold them over several times to make a thick square. Blot a small amount of oil on the paper towel, then carefully and quickly wipe the hot grates of the grill to make a nonstick grilling surface.

Meanwhile, add the butter into a food processor with the basil leaves (reserve a few for garnish), the juice of 1 of the lemons, and salt and pepper. Puree. Stuff about half of the butter under the shells of the shrimp (about 1/2 tablespoon per shrimp). Lay the shrimp on the hot grill and cook for 3 minutes on each side, brushing with the remaining basil butter a few times as they cook.

To serve, put the shrimp on plates and dot with the remaining basil butter. Squeeze the remaining lemon over the shrimp and garnish the plates with basil leaves.

Results: Beautiful!  (Rashan disagreed. He found them scary.)  Head-on shrimp were $2.99/lb. at my grocery store so YEP! I'll be using those!  I liked it but I could've used more salt and pepper.  Rashan wasn't impressed.  His response?  Basil-y.  Um.. gee... thanks.

You should definitely split these pretty deep, almost butterflied for them to be able to hold the butter like you need them to.  I might sprinkle them with salt and pepper.

I served this with polenta sprinkled with pancetta (also on sale).  So... fancy shrimp and grits.  I mixed basil butter into the pancetta and I'll mix the leftover basil butter into some orzo later in the week.  It's about to be on!


Sha Boogie said...

Yea, I'm with Rashan.. those eyeballs are a bit scary! But, it does look good - minus the eyeballs :shudder:

Jameil said...

LOLOL. Well thank you anyway!

GorgeousPuddin said...

I have to agree! I'm so scared right now! Those eyes those horrible black beady eyes...

I love shrimp and I'm sure this was good, but why didn't you remove the head yourself??

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