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Easy-to-make spicy shrimp teams well with cooling lime-ginger sauce

12/17/2012 01:39 EST | Updated 02/16/2013 05:12 EST
Here is a recipe from "Canada's Favourite Recipes" by Rose Murray and Elizabeth Baird that's a twist on the traditional.

Instead of serving the shrimp with a spicy sauce, the shrimp is spiced and teamed with a cooling lime-ginger sauce.

"It is very nice for entertaining at Christmas, New Year's and on through the year," said Baird, adding "It's delicious and very simple to make."

Spiced Shrimp With Lime-Ginger Sauce

Sauce

150 ml (2/3 cup) mayonnaise

30 ml (2 tbsp) grated fresh ginger

15 ml (1 tbsp) grated lime zest

30 ml (2 tbsp) fresh lime juice

Shrimp

15 ml (1 tbsp) canola oil, divided

10 ml (2 tsp) fresh lime juice

5 ml (1 tsp) each ground coriander, paprika, ground cumin and brown sugar

2 ml (1/2 tsp) each sea salt and dried oregano

1 ml (1/4 tsp) cayenne

500 g (1 lb) large shrimp, peeled, with tail portion left intact

Lime wedges, for garnish

Sauce: In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, fresh ginger, lime zest and lime juice. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 6 hours.)

Shrimp: In a small bowl, combine 5 ml (1 tsp) of the oil, lime juice, coriander, paprika, cumin, brown sugar, salt, oregano and cayenne. In a large bowl, evenly coat shrimp with mixture. Cover and marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes. (Make-ahead: Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 hours.)

In a large skillet, heat remaining 10 ml (2 tsp) of canola oil over medium-high heat. Stir-fry marinated shrimp until bright pink (no longer opaque) and just cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes.

Serve hot. Arrange on a platter with the sauce for dipping; garnish with lime wedges.

Makes about 30 pieces.

Variation: Barbecued Shrimp

Prepare shrimp as in the main recipe. Soak wooden or bamboo skewers in cold water for at least 1 hour. Thread one marinated shrimp on a soaked skewer by putting the skewer through the shrimp twice. Repeat for all the shrimp pieces. Brush remaining 10 ml (2 tsp) of oil over the grill on medium-high heat and cook shrimp until bright pink (no longer opaque) and just cooked through, about 2 minutes a side.

Source: "Canada's Favourite Recipes" by Rose Murray and Elizabeth Baird (Whitecap Books).

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