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Grilled Quick-Brined Jumbo Shrimp

Andy Ricker gives shrimp a quick brining—a technique not typically used in Thailand—to keep them firm and juicy when grilled.

Food & Wine JUNE 2009

  • Yield: 8


  • 10 cups water
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 24 jumbo shrimp (2 1/2 pounds)
  • Spicy Citrus Dipping Sauce, for serving


In a large bowl, combine the water, salt and sugar, stirring to dissolve the salt. Using a paring knife or scissors, slit each shrimp down the back through the shell; remove the dark veins. Add the shrimp to the brine, cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.

Light a grill. Drain the shrimp and pat dry. Grill the shrimp over moderately high heat, turning once, until the shells are lightly charred and the shrimp are just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Serve with the Spicy Citrus Dipping Sauce.


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