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Perfect Summer Recipe: Pickled Citrus Shrimp

Pickled Citrus Shrimp is the easiest summer party recipe. You can make it a day ahead and it is ready to go when you are. Plus, this recipe can feed a lot of folks. If you are on a budget, get the smaller shrimp or opt to clean and devein them yourself. You can even use frozen raw shrimp for this dish if you don't live in an area where you have easy access to raw shrimp. Either way, everyone loves this dish and every guest will ask you for the recipe! It easily doubles or triples for a big crowd.

Citrus Pickled ShrimpPickled Citrus Shrimp


2 pounds fresh medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined (16-20 count with tails on)

2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning

1 t. Kosher salt

1/2 t. ground black pepper

Olive oil

For the marinade:

1/2 cup lemon juice

4 large cloves garlic, grated

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/4 white wine vinegar

2 small Spanish (yellow) onions, cut into thin rings

2 lemons, cut into very thin circles, be sure to remove the seeds

1 tablespoon Kosher salt

1/4  teaspoon white pepper

1 t. mustard seeds

1 t. coriander seeds

1 1/2 t. celery seeds

1 t. fennel seeds

6 large bay leaves or 12 small ones

3 Arbol chilies (dried red chili or you can substitute 1/2 t. red pepper flakes or a large pinch of Cayenne)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

In a dry pan, lightly toast the seeds. Let cool. In a large glass heatproof bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, vinegar, garlic, salt, peppers, and all of the seeds. Add the onion and the lemon slices. Toss gently to coat. Set aside.

In a small bowl, combine the Old Bay, salt, and pepper. Place the shrimp in one layer on a sheet pan. Do not overlap. You will need to do several batches. Drizzle the shrimp with olive oil. Toss well. Sprinkle with the Old Bay mixture. Roast for 7or 8 minutes for the medium 16-20 count shrimp. You may need a longer or shorter cooking time depending on the size of your shrimp but do not overcook- they will be tough. When they curl up and turn pink, they are done. Remove immediately and transfer the hot shrimp and the juice on the pan into the bowl with the marinade. Toss to coat. Add red chilies and bay leaves. Allow the mixture to cool and then refrigerate for at least 8 and up to 24 hours before serving. 

To serve: remove the chilies. Check the seasoning. You can add a dash or two of Tabasco if you like. Serve in a large chilled glass is delicious served room temperature in colder weather but on a hot day, I prefer to serve chilled.


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