I made this recipe for an appetizer and now I am REQUIRED to bring to every Thanksgiving. The spice in the shrimp goes so well with the cool pineapple in the salsa. I often add Mango to the salsa as well.
Caribbean-spiced Shrimp with Pineapple Salsa
- 1 tablespoon paprika
- 2 teaspoons curry powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel (optional)
- 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 2 pounds unpeeled jumbo shrimp (16-20 count)
- 1/4 cup olive oil, divided
- Pineapple Salsa
- Combine first 10 ingredients, including fennel if desired, in a small bowl.
- Peel shrimp, leaving tails on; devein, if desired. Dredge shrimp in spice mixture.
- Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp, in batches, and cook 2 to 3 minutes or until shrimp turn pink. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to skillet, as needed, to cook remaining shrimp. Serve shrimp warm or at room temperature with Pineapple Salsa.
- Wine note: Napa Valley winemaker Jeff Morgan produces SoloRosa, a dry California rosé, and Covenant, a kosher Cabernet Sauvignon. Jeff wrote Dean & DeLuca: The Food and Wine Cookbook and The Working Parents Cookbook. His recently penned wine book, Rosé, A Guide to the World's Most Versatile Wine, appeared in bookstores in May. Below, Jeff pairs wine with this flavorful shrimp recipe.
- With so many bright flavors and spices, this dish embodies the color and heat of the tropics. A ripe, lush Chardonnay from Northern California will cool the palate but also have the weight to stand up to this full-bodied culinary presentation. I recommend Ramey Cellars Russian River Valley Chardonnay (about $35). - Jeff Morgan
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