Firecracker Shrimp

Firecracker Shrimp

Recipe Rating: 3.67538
Serves 6
This shrimp is spicy and vibrantly flavored with a fiery almond pesto made from cilantro, jalapeños and scallions. It's a quick flash in the pan before you're ready to enjoy this delicious dish.
  • 1 bunch cilantro, stems removed
  • 1/3 cup sliced or whole almonds
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 6 green onions, roughly chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and halved
  • 2 pounds medium to large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 small avocado, thinly sliced
  • 6 cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
Set aside 6 sprigs of cilantro for garnish. Put remaining cilantro, almonds, 2 tablespoons of the oil, cumin, green onions, garlic, jalapeños, and 1/4 cup water in the bowl of a food processor or blender and purée until a smooth paste forms, about 1 minute.

Arrange shrimp in a wide, shallow dish and spread cilantro paste over them. Cover dish with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp and cook, stirring constantly, until pink and cooked through, about 4 minutes. Add lemon juice and salt, and stir a few more times to scrape up any browned bits.

Transfer shrimp to a platter and garnish with reserved cilantro, avocados, and tomatoes.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 320 calories (150 from fat), 17g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 230mg cholesterol, 430mg sodium, 9g carbohydrates, (4 g dietary fiber, 2g sugar), 33g protein.
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