Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Jim found this recipe a few years ago and we've been enjoying it ever since. For some reason, I'm not a fan of hot (temperature, not spice) shrimp (give me shrimp cocktail and I'm happy), but I really like this one! It has the right amount of spice without being too overpowering. It's a good summertime meal on the grill.

1 large clove of garlic
1 tbsp. coarse salt
1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. paprika
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 - 2 pounds shrimp in the 20-30 pound range, peeled, rinsed and dried
lemon wedges

Start a charcoal or gas grill or preheat the broiler. Make the fire as hot as it will get and adjust the rack so it is as close to the heat source as possible. Mince the garlic with the salt; mix it with the cayenne and paprika, then stir in the olive oil and lemon juice to form a paste. Skewer the shrimp and then smear the paste over the shrimp. Grill or broil the shrimp 2-3 minutes per side or until opaque. Transfer to a serving dish, garnish with lemon wedges and serve.

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