Spanish-Style Garlic Shrimp
My seven year old son has become a huge fan of shrimp. Fried, steamed, or grilled, this kid just loves it. When one of my kids decides to try new foods, and realizes just how good it is, that is truly a wonderful moment. My son is one of those kids who is not too scared to try something, however my other two have yet to be as brave and stick with what they know. Based on his love for shrimp, I decided to do something a bit different for him. Sure I could have fried it, or grilled it, but this time, it was using really simple ingredients that made these shrimp really tender and succulent.
- 1 bulb of garlic
- 1 lb of 21-30 shrimp, shells removed, cleaned, and deveined
- Olive oil
- 1/2 tsp chili flakes
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tbsp Italian flat leaf parsley finely diced
- 1 tbsp sherry cooking wine
In a bowl, add your shrimp, then add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1/2 tsp of salt, and 2 cloves of minced garlic. Mix well to combine. Allow this to marinate, at room temperature as you move through the rest of this process.
Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Smash 6 cloves of garlic and add it to the skillet along with 6 tablespoons of olive oil. Cook the garlic until it becomes a light brown, being careful not to go past this stage. The goal here is to make a nice garlic olive oil to be used in the next step of cooking the shrimp. Once the garlic is light brown, remove the cloves from the olive oil with a slotted spoon, and move the skillet off of the burner.
Next, slice the remaining cloves of garlic. Return your skillet to a lower heat, and add in your garlic, the chili flakes, and the bay leaf. Cook this on low heat, being careful not to brown. This will begin to intensify the flavor of the garlic oil. Before adding your shrimp, bring the heat up to a medium-low temperature, and toss in your shrimp, creating an even layer in your skillet. Cook the shrimp for a couple of minutes, before turning them over to cook on the other side. This will not take very long. Add your parsley and sherry cooking wine, and give it a good flip. Transfer to your serving dish, and dig in. Not only did my son love this dish, but my daughter and wife did as well. The end result is a truly fantastic and delicious shrimp dish that is packed with a great garlic taste.