Spicy Shrimp with Corn and Quesadillas

Spicy Shrimp with Corn and Quesadillas Recipe
Photo: Kana Okada

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 310
Caloriesfromfat 37 %
Fat 17 g
Satfat 5 g
Cholesterol 185 mg
Sodium 611 mg
Carbohydrate 36 g
Fiber 3 g
Sugars 4 g
Protein 30 g


5 ears fresh corn
6 scallions (white and light green parts), thinly sliced
1 teaspoon fresh thyme
Kosher salt and pepper
1 tablespoon ancho or some other chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/2 cup grated Monterey Jack
2 large flour tortillas


Cut the corn kernels from the cobs. Combine them in a bowl with the scallions, thyme, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/8 teaspoon pepper; set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the chili powder, cayenne, oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the shrimp and toss to coat. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium and cook the shrimp, turning once, until cooked through, about 4 minutes.

Meanwhile, sprinkle the cheese over half of each tortilla. Fold in half and grill, turning once, until the cheese melts and the tortillas are crisp, about 2 minutes. Transfer the quesadillas to a cutting board and cut into wedges. Divide the shrimp and corn among individual plates and serve with the quesadillas.

Tip: To remove the kernels from a cob, hold the ear by the pointy end and stand the flat end in a large bowl. Cut down the sides with a sharp paring knife. When all the kernels are off, run the edge of the knife down the cob to release any remaining juice.

Kate Merker,

Real Simple

August 2007
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