This is a very simple recipe. We are combining shrimp with olive oil, cayenne pepper, salt and chili powder, then grilling them until pink, juicy and ready to eat with the fingers! This is a nice appetizer. Consider serving some kind of creamy dipping sauce with the shrimp to contrast nicely with their spicy flavor – perhaps ranch or a blue cheese dip.
We like to use peeled shrimp with their tails still on, but you can use fully peeled ones if you would rather, either medium or large ones. As for the spices, what we are recommending might sound like a lot to you, so you can reduce the amount of cayenne and/or chili powder if you want, to get the perfect result for your palate. Some people love to throw in plenty of spice and enjoy a super-spicy dish, while others prefer to use less.
Consider stir-frying the shrimp or broiling them, rather than cooking them on the grill, unless the weather is good enough. Also, you might not want to heat up the grill just to make these. They cook just as well on the stove or broiler. You might like to thread them on to skewers so they do not fall through the grill grate, especially if you are using smaller shrimp. You do not want to lose any down there! If you are stir-frying them, consider adding dried red chilies to the pan instead of, or as well as, the chili powder. This recipe is sure to be a hit for anyone who likes bold, vibrant flavors in their seafood.
- 1 lb peeled, tail-on large shrimp
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ to 1 tablespoon chili powder
- Preheat the grill to medium.
- Meanwhile stir the oil with the cayenne pepper, salt and chili powder.
- Now add the shrimp to this spice paste, and toss to coat them well.
- Grill the shrimp for about 2 minutes per side, or until done.
- Serve hot or warm.
Not everyone is a fan of spicy food but if you are, why not try this amazing spicy shrimp recipe? We are using cayenne and chili to spice the shrimp up, then cooking them on the grill for a perfect result. Use medium or large shrimp, perhaps leaving the tails on for a nice presentation, adjusting the amount of spice if you want, and give them a couple of minutes per side for a wonderful result. This recipe is so easy and any leftovers can be tossed with mayonnaise and added to a sandwich or added to a salad or another dish.
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