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Grilled Shrimp with Romesco Sauce

James Carrier
Yield Makes 4 to 6 appetizer servings
Notes: To toast almonds, place in a baking pan and bake at 350°, shaking pan occasionally, until golden under skins, about 12 minutes. You can make the romesco sauce (through step 4) up to 2 days ahead; cover and chill.


  • 1 dried New Mexico or California chile, stemmed and seeded
  • 1 Roma tomato (4 oz.), rinsed and cored
  • About 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons sliced garlic
  • 3/4 cup drained canned roasted red peppers
  • 2 tablespoons toasted almonds (see notes)
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 pound (26 to 30 per lb.) peeled, deveined shrimp

Nutrition Information

  • calories 123
  • caloriesfromfat 29 %
  • protein 16 g
  • fat 4 g
  • satfat 0.5 g
  • carbohydrate 5.4 g
  • fiber 0.9 g
  • sodium 148 mg
  • cholesterol 115 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a bowl, soak chile in 1 cup boiling water until soft, 20 minutes. Drain.

  2. Slice tomato in half lengthwise; remove seeds. Drizzle about 1/2 teaspoon olive oil over cut sides; sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Place tomato halves on a baking sheet, cut sides up, and bake in a 400° oven until browned and soft, about 20 minutes.

  3. Pour 1 teaspoon olive oil into an 8- to 10-inch frying pan over medium heat. Add garlic and stir often until lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

  4. In a food processor or blender, combine chile, tomato, garlic, peppers, almonds, vinegar, and parsley. Whirl until well blended. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour into a bowl.

  5. Rinse shrimp and pat dry. Thread onto four metal skewers (10 to 14 in.). Brush with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place shrimp on a barbecue grill over a solid bed of medium-hot coals or medium heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 3 to 4 seconds); close lid on gas grill. Cook shrimp, turning once, until opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), 3 to 6 minutes total. Serve with romesco sauce.