Spicy Shrimp and Tomatoes with Scallion Rice

The sauce for these shrimp is made by simply tossing quickly sauteed tomatoes and shrimp in a bowl with what is known as compound butter[: room temperature butter that has been flavored by mashing in something tasty like herbs or seasoning--in this case, lemon zest and hot sauce. You can make the butter and cook the shrimp and tomatoes in the time it takes to cook the rice.]

Total Time:
25 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
20 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 scallions, sliced, whites and greens kept separate
  • 1 cup medium-grain white rice
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons hot sauce, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup lightly packed fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 pound large peeled and deveined shrimp, tails removed
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes (about 20)
Directions
  • Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat; add the scallion whites and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add 1 1/2 cups water, the rice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the bay leaf, increase the heat to medium high and bring to a simmer. Stir a few times, cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer until the rice is tender and the water is absorbed, about 17 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  • Meanwhile, zest the lemon into a large mixing bowl and add the remaining 4 tablespoons butter, the hot sauce and a pinch of salt. Stir until well combined. Gently stir in half of the parsley, reserving the remaining parsley for garnish. Cut the zested lemon into wedges and reserve.

  • Sprinkle the shrimp liberally with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomatoes and some salt and cook, shaking the skillet frequently, until the tomatoes just start to pop, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the mixing bowl with the butter. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the skillet. Add the shrimp and cook until the bottoms turn pink, about 1 1/2 minutes; flip and cook until just cooked through, about 1 minute more. Add the shrimp to the tomatoes and toss gently to coat everything with the butter and mush the tomatoes a bit more.

  • Fluff the rice and stir in the scallion greens. Divide the rice among 4 dinner plates, top with the shrimp, tomatoes and sauce, scatter the remaining parsley leaves over the top and put a lemon wedge on each plate. Serve immediately, with extra hot sauce.

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