Basil Poached Shrimp

Total Time:
35 min
Prep:
15 min
Inactive:
10 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 5 pounds shrimp, raw peeled and deviened
  • 2 lemons cut in 1/2
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 1 parsley sprig
  • 10 white peppercorns
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Water
  • Ice water (to shock the shrimp)
  • Basil pesto, recipe follows
Directions
  • Put the shrimp, lemons, white wine, parsley, and peppercorns in a large pot. Season with some salt and cover with cold tap water. Bring to a boil. As soon as the shrimp reaches a boil remove from the heat, strain the water, and plunge the shrimp into the ice water to stop the cooking. Allow the shrimp to chill for about 10 minutes.

  • After shrimp are cooled strain the water and toss the shrimp with the pesto, season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Basil Pesto:
  • 2 cups basil leaves

  • 1 tablespoon toasted pine nuts

  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse a few times to blend the pesto. Do not blend until completely smooth, leave it a little rough.

Professional Recipe: This recipe was provided by a chef, restaurant or culinary professional and makes a large quantity. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe in the proportions indicated and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.


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