Grilled Shrimp with Garlic-Red Chile-Thyme Marinade

Total Time:
1 hr 25 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
1 hr 10 min
Cook:
5 min

Yield:
8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 ancho chiles
  • 1 New Mexican red chile
  • 1 pasilla chile
  • 1 head garlic, cloves separated, peeled, and coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/2 cup olive oil, plus more for brushing on shrimp
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds shrimp or prawns, head and shell on
Directions

Place chiles in a large bowl, cover with boiling water, and let stand for 1 hour to soften. Remove chiles from the water, coarsely chop, and place in the jar of a blender. Add the garlic, thyme, and oil and blend until smooth. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Place the shrimp in a large bowl, pour the marinade over, and let marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes.

Preheat a grill to high. Remove the prawns from the marinade and grill for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes per side, with the cover closed. Serve on brown paper bags, if desired.


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