With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, I decided to make something beer-inspired (of course!). When I cook with beer, I usually add beef or chicken, but this time I wanted to mix it up and use shrimp. Beer brings wonderful depth to a meal so if you have never cooked with it before, try this easy drunken shrimp recipe.
This recipe has a nice kick to it, so alter the heat to your taste. As for the beer, I used an IPA from Pennsylvania brewery Sly Fox, which is extra hoppy and bold, perfect for the sauce in my opinion. For a mild tasting sauce, use a pilsner, lager or wheat beer.
Spicy Drunken Shrimp Recipe
1/2 pound shrimp
1 can of beer
1 shallot, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
1-2 bay leaves
fresh chopped parsley
salt and pepper, to taste
Add shallot, garlic, red pepper flakes, bay leaves and beer in a large saucepan and turn heat on high. Bring to a boil and reduce beer sauce by half, stirring occasionally.
Add shrimp and cook until pink, about 3-4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, if needed. Serve with crusty bread or on top of rice.
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: makes 2 servings
August 15, 2012
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