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Clinched and Planked Shrimp

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Missie Neville Crawford
Hands-on time 48 mins
Total time 2 hrs, 48 mins
Yield Serves 8 (serving size: about 4 shrimp)
The cedar plank lends the shrimp smoky flavor and amazing deep golden color. It makes a genuinely impressive dish for company.


  • Basic Brine
  • 2 pounds large shrimp, unpeeled
  • 2 (15 x 6 1/2 x 3/8-inch) cedar grilling planks
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon grated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup (1/2-inch) pieces chives
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 151
  • fat 8.4 g
  • satfat 1.4 g
  • monofat 5.1 g
  • polyfat 0.9 g
  • protein 15.6 g
  • carbohydrate 2.4 g
  • fiber 0.2 g
  • cholesterol 144 mg
  • iron 0.4 mg
  • sodium 539 mg
  • calcium 67 mg

How to Make It

  1. Prepare Basic Brine, increasing water to 8 cups, thyme and sugar to 2 tablespoons each, and halved lemons to

  2. Split shrimp shells down the back, and devein shrimp, leaving shells intact. Place shrimp in a large bowl; add brine. Cover bowl; refrigerate 1 hour.

  3. Immerse and soak the cedar planks in water for 1 hour; drain.

  4. Preheat a charcoal fire to high heat. Let burn 30 minutes or until flames subside and coals are glowing. Spread coals to an even 4-inch thickness; fan excess ash from coals with a piece of cardboard.

  5. Drain shrimp; discard brine. Pat shrimp dry with paper towels. Combine oil and next 8 ingredients (through red pepper) in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk. Add shrimp; toss to coat. Arrange shrimp in 2 tight rows on each plank, with shrimp curled against each other.

  6. Place plank on the coal bed with some coals on the exposed corners of the plank. Cover with grill lid; grill 6 minutes or until shrimp are done. Place shrimp on a platter; top with chives and juice.