Grilled Shrimp Escabeche

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 8 hr 32 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Inactive: 8 hr
  • Cook: 12 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp (21 to 25 per pound), peeled and deveined

1/3 cup olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

1 large red onion, peeled, halved, and thinly sliced

4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

2 serrano chiles, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon mustard seeds

2 cups white wine vinegar

2 bay leaves

8 sprigs cilantro

1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes

3 tablespoons torn cilantro leaves


  1. Heat your grill to high. Toss the shrimp in a bowl with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Grill the shrimp for 1 to 2 minutes per side or until just cooked through. Transfer shrimp to a clean medium bowl.
  2. Heat 1/3 cup olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. When oil is hot, add the onion, garlic, and serrano chiles and cook until soft. Add the cumin and mustard seeds and cook for 1 minute. Add the vinegar, bay leaves, and cilantro and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and immediately pour over the shrimp and stir to coat. Let cool to room temperature, cover, and then refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight, stirring a few times during that time. Transfer the escabeche, with a slotted spoon, to a platter and garnish with sliced radishes and torn cilantro.