Maine Shrimp

Yeah they are here! The season has started.

Our lovely Maine shrimps are now occupying the fresh fish sections of our stores. Why are they so special? I do not know, a certain je-ne-sais-quoi, small, tasty, full of juice. Very delicate and yummie! You cannot help but eat them with your fingers!

I was delighted to discover this on my last last trip to WholeFoods before we head off to France tomorrow for the holidays. And I could not believe that I let myself do this. I had tons of things to do but I could not resist and bought 2 pounds. One is frozen, the rest was dinner!

I used the very little bits and pieces I had to design a simple stir-fry, with shrimps, scallions (again), ginger (and again), and a few other things.

Maine shrimps

You need:

  • 1 lb Maine Shrimps
  • 2 fresh lemongrass stalks
  • 2 scallions
  • 1 piece of ginger root
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 tblsp fresh coriander chopped
  • 2 tblsp fish sauce
  • 1/2 to 1 lime (juice)
  • 1.5 tsp raw dark sugar
  • 2 tblsp heavy cream (or coconut milk)
  • 4 tbslp sesame oil
  • Pepper
  • 4 cups fresh spinach

Steps:

  • Start by peeling your shrimps, making sure you keep the tails.
  • Chop very thinly the ginger, the lemongrass (white part only), the coriander, the garlic and add 2 Tbsp of sesame oil to the chopped ingredients.
  • Mix with the shrimps to coat and place in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Wash the spinach. Take a big wok and heat one Tbsp of sesame oil.
  • When hot, add the spinach and cook for about 3 to 4 min. It will give out some water. Place on the side.
  • Remove the water in ther wok and heat again the last Tbsp of oil.
  • When hot, add the shrimp and cook for a few min.
  • Then, add the lime juice, the fish sauce and the sugar, cook for 1 mn and then add the precooked spinach. Cook for 1 more mn.
    Finish by adding the cream.
  • Chop fresh scallions and put on top. Serve with steamed jasmine rice.

Now I am off on my vacation to France to enjoy food prepared by others, that is my mum’s cooking!!!…(well, I am cooking Christmas dinner with Geneviève, my sister-in-law, but this is just because she and I had made a deal, and I love to cook with her).

Joyeux Noël et à bientôt!

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  1. Shrimps did not come from Maine. I forgot the lemongrass. I put more coconut milk.
    Verdict : un régal.

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