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Grilled Shrimp with Garlic-Red Chile-Thyme Marinade

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr 10 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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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