I’ve always believed that recipes should be judged by how delectable they taste, and not by the number of ingredients. This orange brown butter shrimp recipe has but six ingredients (eight if you count salt and pepper), and only takes about 15 minutes to make. It is simple and tastes delicious — just the right amount of spice, tang and zest to create a balanced and fresh seafood dish. With the seasons changing, you can also try cooking these shrimp on the BBQ.
The orange brown butter sauce is to die for. I’ve used it on scallops and gnocci before too, and its equally as scrumptious. Try it out as a sauce for anything you’d like.
- ½ cup butter
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- zest of one orange
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 lbs. raw shrimp
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the butter in a medium skillet over low heat. When the butter is melted, add the thyme leaves. Stir and simmer, keeping the heat low (it burns easily), for 5 minutes or until the butter reaches a golden brown color. Remove from heat and stir in the zest. Pour the butter into a small bowl and let it rest for a few minutes.
- In the same skillet, with a light coating of the butter remaining, add the garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add the raw shrimp and the chili powder; shake or toss in the pan for 3-5 minutes or until the shrimp is no longer translucent. Serve with the butter and pasta, grains, rice, or a salad.