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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2015 Food Network

By Leah Brickley

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.

What was your favorite dish from the first episode? Let us know in the comments below.

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

Photo courtesy of Heather Ramsdell
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