Herb-Marinated Shrimp

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min (includes marinating and cooling time)
  • Active: 1 hr 25 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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2 pounds extra-large (U-10) shrimp, peeled and deveined

1 bunch each marjoram, oregano, thyme and parsley, roughly chopped 

1 bunch each marjoram, oregano, thyme and parsley, roughly chopped

3 lemons, zested and juiced

2 tablespoons smoked paprika 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Canola oil 

3 heads cauliflower (1 purple, 1 Romanesco, 1 yellow)

1/2 cup honey 

2 1/4 cups sparkling wine 

One 4-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated 

1 pound kumquats, sliced into thirds 

3 bunches watercress 

1 bulb fennel, fronds only, chopped

1/4 cup sherry vinegar 

4 tablespoons fennel pollen 

Olive oil, for drizzling


In a bowl, combine the shrimp with the herbs, lemon zest and juice, 1 tablespoon of the smoked paprika, some salt and pepper and enough canola oil to coat lightly. Marinate in the refrigerator for 15 minutes to 1 hour.

Prepare a grill for medium-high heat. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Thread the shrimp lengthwise onto soaked wooden skewers, straightening the shrimp as you go. Grill until the shrimp are grill-marked and opaque throughout, 3 minutes per side.

Cut the cauliflower into 1/2-inch-thick slices, making sure to cut through the main stem so the slices stay intact. Oil the slices generously, season with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon smoked paprika.

In a VERY HOT nonstick skillet, sear the cauliflower "steaks" in enough canola oil to coat the bottom of the pan. Once each side is golden brown, transfer to a baking sheet and roast until al dente.

In a saucepan, combine the honey, sparkling wine and ginger and bring to a simmer. Add the kumquats and cook over low heat until jammy. Cool and reserve.

Clean the watercress and then toss with the fennel fronds, sherry vinegar, fennel pollen and a generous drizzle of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Plate all elements and serve immediately.

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