Saturday, July 25, 2009


When I want to get something on the table quickly, I often turn to shrimp. They are a wonderful canvas for so many cuisines. I usually buy medium sized ones, but once in a while, I like to get the really large prawns. I had

a package of fresh mushroom ravioli in the refrigerator and thought
that a grilled shrimp would be the
perfect protein. Having just watched
Hell's Kitchen, on which there was a
challenge for the contestants to clean
and devein as many shrimp as possible in 5 minutes, I thought I'd have to see how long it took me to do a pound (and what they looked like when I was done). I'm proud to say that I was able clean and devein the whole pound in under 15 minutes (and they didn't look too bad, either). Of course, if Gordon Ramsey were standing there throwing the "F bomb" at me and making cruel comments, I probably would have gotten a whole lot less done. I don't mind his profanity--it's just words--but his name-calling is quite unattractive. I don't think he's really a bad fellow; but on that show, he's like your worst nightmare.

Anyway, this is a simple preparation for shrimp. To sauce the pasta, I simply heated 2 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of olive oil and drizzled it over the shrimp and ravioli.

Serves 2 - 4
1 lb. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tbs freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbs chopped fresh parsley
1 tbs minced garlic
sea salt and freshly ground pepper

Peel and devein the shrimp, leaving the tails intact. Mix the olive oil, lemon juice, parsley, garlic, and salt and pepper in a non-reactive bowl and add the shrimp. Toss and cover. Let stand for just 30 minutes.

Heat a grill pan and grill the shrimp about 2 minutes on each side--until they are opaque.


  1. A lovely photo Arlene and a terrificly elegant shrimp dish.

  2. I cheat and buy the EZ peel ones, they come de-veined. Dinner looks amazing, love shrimpies with garlic and lemon!

  3. And here I was just pondering what to make for dinner tonight. I always try to find the quickest thing to make Saturday night as I work late that night and early the next day. Well I generally look for something fast to make since I generally work late, but Saturday nights in particular I need speedy food. And this looks delicious. My husband loves shrimp, but for some reason I rarely think to make it. So this should be a pleasant surprise :)

  4. I'm just sitting here thinking "I really want a bowl of cereal right now." And then I see this! Thanks! :P

  5. Congrats Arlene!You won the giveaway with the Lush goodies. Send me an email and let me know where to ship it to. You can email me at I love the shrimp with the mushroom ravioli. It's a great combination. Great story about Gordon Ramsey and the shrimp. Sometimes I think they ask him to misbehave in order to have good TV. He seems nice otherwise. Congrats!!

  6. I need to get another bag of shrimp for my freezer--this looks so good!

  7. Oh, Arlene, you are speaking my language, darling! You just said four of my most favorite words...Grilled....Garlic....Shrimp....Lemon. NOW, I'm hungry!!!


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