Monday, June 23, 2014

Grilled Achiote Shrimp

Seafood is a staple along the coast of Brazil.  Shrimp are one of the most familiar and quickest to cook for home cooks.  These shrimp are marinated in an intensely flavored marinade of oil infused with garlic, citrus zest and Achiote powder.  Cook them quickly so they don't become tough and rubbery.

1/4 cup olive oil
2 T. chopped fresh garlic
1/2 t. achiote powder
minced zest each 1/2 a lemon and orange

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 T. each fresh lemon juice and orange juice
1 t. each kosher salt and black pepper
12 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails left on

Transfer marinade to a resealable plastic bag.  Add shrimp and marinate in the refrigerator no more than 45 minutes.  Thread three shrimp onto four skewers.

Preheat grill to medium.  Brush grill grate with oil.

Grill shrimp until opaque and cooked through, with grill marks on both sides, about 1 1/2 minutes per side.

From Cuisine at Home Issue 106 July/August 2014

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