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  • 36 large uncooked shrimp (about 2 pounds), peeled with tails left intact, deveined
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 2 medium green onions, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon plus 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Sherry wine vinegar

Recipe Preparation

  • Prepare barbecue (high heat). Toss shrimp with coarse salt in bowl. Thread 6 shrimp on each metal skewer. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, cut green onions into 3-inch-long pieces, reserving green tops; thinly slice tops. Lightly coat 3-inch-long green onion pieces and tomatoes with 1 teaspoon oil. Grill green onion pieces and tomatoes until blistered and slightly charred, turning frequently, about 2 minutes for green onions and 6 minutes for tomatoes. Transfer to blender. Add remaining 3/4 cup oil, Sherry wine vinegar, and cayenne. Blend until smooth. Season to taste with salt.

  • Transfer 1 cup dressing to small bowl; stir in 1 tablespoon thinly sliced green onion tops and set aside. Brush remaining dressing over shrimp. Grill shrimp until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side.

  • Spoon 2 1/2 tablespoons reserved dressing onto each of 6 plates, using back of spoon to spread over plate. Top with 1 shrimp skewer. Sprinkle shrimp with remaining thinly sliced green onion tops and serve.

Recipe by Cheryl Dunn, Bill Jamison,Photos by Pornchai MittongtareReviews Section

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These tiny, delicious crustaceans are prized for their sweet, mild flavour and popular for their quick prep and cook time. They're a low-fat source of protein that can be enjoyed hot or cold, year-round, in everything from skewers to curries to salads.

Whether in a soup or on the grill, the key to cooking shrimp is be aware of how quickly they cook and how quickly they can over-cook (turning them tough and rubbery). In general they should be removed from the heat once they start turning pink. With a little practice, you'll quickly get the hang of only knowing when they're done.

And with these easy tips below, you'll also be a whiz at buying, storing and cleaning shrimp too.

Buying shrimp: it's most convenient to cook with shrimp already peeled and de-veined, which is how it's usually sold in the frozen section. Get it home quickly and keep it in your freezer for a quick weeknight meal any night. If you're buying shrimp fresh, it should smell clean and sweet. Shrimp comes in different sizes and many varieties, depending on where they're caught. Most varieties can be used interchangeably try sticking to the size recommended in your recipe so as not to affect your cooking times.

Storing shrimp: frozen shrimp should be stored in the coldest part of your freezer and fresh shrimp should be kept refrigerated in their container or plastic bag. If your fridge door is being opened frequently, set the bag or container on ice to protect them from temperature fluctuations. Avoid storing shrimp unwrapped and directly on ice as they tend to lose nutrients and flavour that way.

Thawing frozen shrimp: the best and safest way to thaw frozen shrimp is in the fridge overnight, on paper towel to absorb excess moisture.

Peeling and deveining shrimp: there are three easy steps to cleaning shrimp that hasn't been peeled or deveined.

Step 1: Pull the legs from the underside of the shrimp and peel back the shell until it releases from the meat.

Step 2: If you're dipping the shrimp in batter you may want to leave the tails on, otherwise remove by grabbing it between your thumb and forefinger and tugging off.

Step 3: Make a shallow cut along the back of the shrimp with a paring knife, them scrape out the intestinal vein--it's a long, grey tub running just below the surface. Pat the shrimp dry to remove excess liquid, especially if you're adding them to a salad.

And that's it! Now that you know how to properly prepare shrimp for cooking, here are some tested-till-perfect recipes to help you make the most out of these tender sea creatures.


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