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Shrimp with Citrus Mojo

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Mojo is the ubiquitous Cuban condiment that's sprinkled on meats and poultry and is often used as a marinade too. A Scotch bonnet chile makes this version extra spicy.

Ingredients

  • MOJO:
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries
  • 3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 to 1 whole Scotch bonnet or habanero chile, seeded and minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled
  • SHRIMP:
  • 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, plus 2 tablespoons chopped
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper

How to Make It

  1. MAKE THE MOJO: In a small skillet, toast the allspice berries and cumin seeds over moderate heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer the spices to a plate to cool, then grind in a spice grinder or mortar. In a small bowl, combine the spices with the onion, garlic, chile, orange zest, orange juice, olive oil, lime juice, sherry vinegar, salt, pepper and saffron and set aside for 1 hour.

  2. MAKE THE SHRIMP: In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the potatoes until just tender, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the potatoes to a bowl. Add the corn to the saucepan and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain the corn and add it to the potatoes.

  3. Wipe out the saucepan and heat the oil until shimmering. Add 1/2 cup of the mojo and simmer over moderate heat for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and cook, turning once, until loosely curled, about 1 minute. Transfer the shrimp to a plate. Add another 1/4 cup of the mojo to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Add the potatoes and corn and cook until heated through. Stir in the chopped cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a platter and arrange the shrimp on top. Garnish with the cilantro leaves and serve, passing the extra mojo at the table.

  4. Make Ahead: The mojo can be refrigerated overnight.

  5. Wine Recommendation: A light, acidic Italian Pinot Grigio will tame the hot pepper and echo the bright taste of citrus in the sauce. Try the 1998 Zemmer or the 1998 Campanile.