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Buttery Spiced Peel-and-Eat Shrimp

Buttery Spiced Peel-and-Eat Shrimp (Active: 30 min.; Total: 1 hr.; Serves 4)


– 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

– 1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded, and minced

– 1 tsp finely-grated lime zest

– Kosher salt and pepper

– 1 ½ lbs. shell-on large shrimp (about 24 shrimp)

– Chopped cilantro and lime wedges, for serving


1. In a small bowl, using a fork, blend the butter with the jalapeno, lime zest, 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper.

2. Using scissors, cut along the back of each shrimp and scrape out the vein. Gently open the shell without breaking it off and, using a thin offset spatula or knife, spread some of the butter on both sides of each shrimp. Transfer the shrimp to a baking sheet, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

3. Light a grill. Season the shrimp lightly with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat, turning until lightly charred and just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a platter and serve with chopped cilantro and lime wedges.

Note: the uncooked prepared shrimp can be refrigerated overnight.