From the Competition to Your Kitchen: Olive Oil-Poached Shrimp

Inspired by a technique they saw on the Food Network Star premiere, the chefs in Food Network Kitchen created a poached shrimp recipe for you to make at home.

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And they’re off! This week we met the 12 contestants from the 11th season of Food Network Star, and the competition is sure to be fierce. Along with presenting their food, the contestants also had to present 30-second promo videos to hook the judges and 100 cocktail party guests. There were definitely some food fails and wins — as well as shaky nerves! We loved the concept of the olive oil-poached shrimp appetizer made by Staten Island native and food truck owner Dom Tesoriero, and the judges thought it was delicious, so we headed to the Food Network Kitchen to develop a recipe for you to try at home. They’re super-simple, luscious and tender.

Olive Oil Poached Shrimp

Season 1 pound of peeled and deveined shrimp (tails on) with salt and arrange in a medium high-sided skillet. Pour in enough extra virgin olive oil so that the shrimp are just covered. Clip a deep-fry thermometer onto the side of the skillet and heat over low until the temperature reaches 140 degrees F. Once it's at 140 degrees F, adjust the heat to maintain a temperature between 140 and 180 degrees F, and cook until the tops of the shrimp are pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to paper towels to absorb excess oil. Serve warm or chilled. They're great in a green salad or with your favorite shrimp cocktail dipping sauce.

From the Food Network Star Competition to Your Kitchen: How to Make Olive Oil-Poached Shrimp

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Season shrimp all over; be generous.

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Put them in a single layer in the pan and pour olive oil all over them. (It’s a lot of oil.)

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Cook them until they all just turn pink. (Move them around a little to make sure they all cook at once.)

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Cut one in half to make sure it’s no longer transparent in the center.

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Take them all out and drain them on paper towels.

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Eat them in shrimp cocktail or on top of a salad, or make an appetizer.

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Tune in to watch the remaining Food Network Star contestants battle it out next Sunday at 9|8c.

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