Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Gordon Ramsay's Shrimp with Orange and Tequila

Finally, the dish you had a nice sneak peek at last week. Holy crap this was good. What more can be said? Shrimp. One of the easiest foods on earth to cook. I've read a lot of discussions regarding the best way to cook it in terms of the shell. Tail on or off. Shell on or off. Me, I like easy. Take the tail off, especially when entertaining. There are a lot of people who don't like to get their fingers dirty. Some people bite the shrimp off at the tail and leave meat behind in the discarded tail. Ah, that actually upsets me. Shrimp is an expensive food. Don't waste it. As for shell on or off, again I like it off. If you look at Ramsey's picture of his shrimp, though, he left his shells on. Why? All the sauce sticks to the shells, so when you peel them, what are you left with? Unflavored cooked shrimp, that's what. Let the shrimp swim in all that glorious flavor. Otherwise, go buy yourself some shrimp cocktail.

Shrimp, an orange, a very large clove of garlic, salt, pepper, olive oil and tequila.

Juice the orange.
Slice up your garlic. In this dish, the more the better!

Peel your shrimp. Yes, I left the tail on in this one. It was just the family, and I thought the boys would like to use the "natural handles."

Saute the shrimp and garlic together in a bit of oil.

Just before they are cooked all the way through, add the orange juice.

Let it come to a boil then reduce the heat and cook until the sauce just starts to thicken.
Add the tequila (watch out for any flames). Cook for about1 or 2 minutes more just until the sauce starts coating the shrimp or the back of you spoon. Give it a good mix and serve.

15 minutes. That's it. You couldn't really taste the alcohol, but you knew it added that something extra to the mix. It was sweet and garlicky, and frankly, I could have eaten the whole pound of shrimp myself.
"Shrimp with Orange and Tequila - Done."

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Sytry said...

Just finished eating it. Damn, that was good. Is it recipe straight from Ramsey's book or did you modify it?

Sophocles said...

Yes it's from a Ramsay book. I saw it in there when at the bookstore and memorized it :) So easy and so tasty!!!

Micki said...

how much tequila?

Who Has Time To Cook? said...

Hello all - so sorry to not have responded sooner. This was a great recipe, wasn't it? There was really only a bit of tequila, about 2 tbls, if memory serves. It didn't make a big impact on the overall dish, but it added just a hint of something. Thanks to all who stopped by! I'm finally getting off my arse and cooking again. Stay tuned for new posts! -- jean

Cathie Orr said...

looking for a recipe for shrimp using butter and chili pepper. I make my own butter from my own cows. Do I have to use tequila? Can I use something else instead vodka etc?