Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Spicy Orange Garlic Shrimp

Spicy Orange Garlic Shrimp recipe by Barefeet In The KitchenThis has been our favorite shrimp recipe for so long now; I haven't made a different shrimp dish in years. This is a very simple recipe that packs a lot of awesome flavor. Every time I crave shrimp and save a new recipe to try, I change my mind at the last minute and make this instead. It really is fantastic. My entire family loves this shrimp. My kids have actually been known to jump up and down with excitement when they see this for dinner.

I started to make this the other night and realized that I didn't have the recipe in my index here yet. No clue how that is even possible, but now it is here at last. Truly the best and last shrimp recipe you'll ever need. Served over rice for a main dish, tossed into a salad or as a mouthwatering appetizer, this shrimp is the reason I haven't ordered shrimp from a restaurant in years.

Spicy Orange Garlic Shrimp
recipe adapted from Pastor Ryan
Yield: 4 servings
(printable recipe)

1 lb medium size raw shrimp, 26-30 pieces
4 large cloves garlic, minced
1 cup good quality orange juice
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning (no substitutions here)
1 teaspoon arrowroot powder or cornstarch
3 tablespoons butter, divided

Thaw and peel the shrimp. Dry the peeled shrimp with a paper towel and set aside. In a large glass measuring cup or small bowl, whisk together the orange juice, garlic, cayenne pepper, old bay and arrowroot. Set this aside next to the stove.

In a large skillet, over high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Working quickly with a pair of tongs, add the shrimp, one at a time, starting at the handle and working in a spiral pattern around the pan. Once all the shrimp has been added, the first shrimp should be ready to flip. Work back around the pan, turning the shrimp over in the order you first placed them in the pan. Cook for another 30-60 seconds, then remove the shrimp from the pan to a waiting plate. Leave the pan over the heat on high.

When the pan with the drippings starts to just slightly smoke, add the orange juice mixture to the pan. Stir with a spatula, scraping up all the bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the last tablespoon of butter to the sauce and reduce heat to a low simmer. Stirring occasionally, let it cook for a few minutes. The sauce should thicken just slightly.

Return the shrimp to the pan and toss to coat in the sauce. Let them mingle for just a few seconds and then serve hot. Enjoy!

Spicy Orange Garlic Shrimp recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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  1. I will definitely be making this soon! We love shrimp and I'm always looking for new ideas! Plus, how can you go wrong with spicy and orange?? :)

  2. Having it be the only shrimp dish you make is quite a testimonial - it's on my try list.

  3. Wow, this look so delicious ! Too bad, I can't find old bay seasoning here .

  4. I'm sold! I don't have a favorite shrimp recipe, so I'll have to try this sometime in the next few days. Thank you for sharing! I'm eating breakfast...but I'm already hungry for dinner! I hope you have a great Tuesday!

  5. Perfect! Now i know what i am making tonight. I want to make a stir fry with this.

  6. Wow, this does look special The bay seasoning and the orange juice sound fantastic, I can see why you keep coming back to this one.

  7. I love shrimps and these look like the perfect meal especially now that the temperatures have fallen!

  8. This sounds tasty! Thanks for sharing a good shrimp recipe and cooking method.

  9. Mary, I honestly love coming here most because I can always count on a new favorite to add to our family dinner repertoire. Thank you for this one! It looks like it is sure to be a winner...and simple. Love that!

  10. my eldest adores shrimp - thanks for a great recipe :)
    Mary x

  11. To the commenter who can't get Old Bay, this maryland-based seaoning consists of the following spices:

    Celery salt (salt and celery seed)
    Red pepper
    Black pepper

    I haven't Googled it, because this is a product I bring back to France from the States, but I'm sure someone has posted a recipe for this seasoning that will provide the appropriate proportions of each spice.

  12. What is the tool used in the last picture!? Are those chopstick tongs??

  13. I made this last night for dinner. Loved it and will be blogging about it. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. I made this last night and my husband and I loved it! I didn't have any actual orange juice, so I zested and juiced two oranges (it made maybe half a cup of juice) and served it with spaghetti noodles and parmesan cheese. Delicious!

  15. I made this for the first time on Christmas and my whole family LOVED it!