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Zesty Fried Shrimp

Friday, January 6, 2012

Shrimp are a delight of a lazy cook, and this recipe is no exception. Spicy, zesty and quick, these shrimp call for second helpings. The recipe was born on our last night on Kauai, when we decided to be frugal and use up everything left over in the fridge. Faced with a lack of ingredients we thought: Lemon zest? Why not!
Try it for yourself.

What you need:
1 pound shrimp, peeled (if frozen, thaw completely first)
1 Tbsp lemon zest, shredded or very finely chopped
1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp flaked red pepper
1/3 tsp salt
3 Tbsp vegetable oil

How to do it:
Mix all the spices and salt and dip one side of each shrimp into the mixture. Pour the oil into the skillet (I used non-stick skillet) and set on medium high heat.
When the oil is hot, carefully place each shrimp on its side into the oil. Do not overcrowd the shrimp. It's better to do several batches. Fry for 2 minutes to each side or until nice and golden. Lower the heat if the oil starts to spatter or if the shrimp burn too fast.

Taste and smell the summer as you enjoy these golden ocean morsels. Maybe a memory of a beautiful place you've been to will visit you in your kitchen.

This is a recipe composed quickly on the fly, and there is no reason to follow it to the letter. Maybe you'd like to do something different, e.g. use orange zest, or add oregano. Let life inspire you, and let nothing stop you.

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