An oldie but a goodie!

This New York Times recipe from 1997 has become our “go to” dish recently – it’s so easy but so impressive – always a great combination in the kitchen!

1. Make the dredge

1 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 large clove garlic, peeled and minced
1 1 1/2-inch slice fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2. Dredge the shrimp a few at a time and place them on a tray in the oven at 450 degrees (F) for about 10 minutes.

3. Here they are just out of the oven:

4. Meanwhile, I prepped the sides – steamed rice and bok choy.

And here are the shrimp ready to serve:

5. Here it is all ready to go:


Even a novice cook can handle these and your guests will be SO impressed.

4 Responses to An oldie but a goodie!

  1. The Best Family June 15, 2009 at 13:11 #

    i've made these a few times since you shared the recipe and our guests *loved* them! it's becoming my go-to recipe as well. were there ever any left over, i imagine they'd be really good chilled atop a salad. i like the rice and bok choy combination with them. yum!

  2. Neil C. Phillips June 15, 2009 at 17:53 #

    I'm the one who brought this recipe out, and must say I've experimented with the ratios slightly.

    They work well with more cayenne and a touch more ginger – oh and the secret "black & red" spice jar from Penzey's. (No doubt a future blog topic of Mardi's.)

    The extra heat adds a big zing, and feeds off the sweet prawns.

    One final touch not mentioned above: squeeze a lemon over the prawns just prior to serving.

  3. StreamingGourmet (Amy Wilson) July 8, 2009 at 03:11 #

    This looks great. Is it a kind spicy/sweet sensation? What's the dominant flavor here? I don't normally cook with allspice and turmeric. How is it?

  4. mardi July 8, 2009 at 10:56 #

    Yes, its sweet and spicy and the sugar is a bit caramelised.. You should try it out – it 's such a hit every time we make it! (like last night for example!)

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