There were a couple of reasons why I was drawn to this recipe. First and foremost, it's hot as hell here and for the first time in a long time I haven't really felt like standing over the stove. Maybe more importantly though is the fact that I've never had shrimp salad before and I was really drawn to all the gorgeous flavors in this recipe. Plus, I've watched and listened as Ina has went on and on about how roasting shrimp really brings out it's flavor and I was curious to give it a try.
The pictures of the salad in her book are gorgeous and I've grown to have high expectations for Ina's recipes. She almost always delivers and I've never really had a recipe of hers be a "fail" for me, until now.
So, did roasting the shrimp bring out any extra flavor? It was certainly an easier way to cook the shrimp, but I didn't feel like it added any additional flavor. The shrimp were perfectly cook and they were good, it's just that I don't think the roasting really added anything.
The major problem with this recipe for me was that there was just too much flavor. "Too much flavor" usually isn't ever an issue for me, but in this case I felt that the flavor of the shrimp was masked by the other ingredients. While I love the flavors of orange zest, dill, capers, and red onion it was just a little too much for the delicate flavors of the shrimp. However, this recipe has received a five star rating on the Food Network and quite a few people have sung it's praises, so it could be that it's just me. Either way, I learned a good lesson in how I like to enjoy my shrimp and from now on I will be sure to pair it with more delicate flavors (unless of course we're talking about garlic and in that case I say the more the better).
Roasted Shrimp Salad
Adapted from Ina Garten's How Easy Is That?
2-1/2 pounds (16 to 20) per pound) peeled shrimp
1 tablespoon good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup good mayo
1 tablespoon grated orange zest (2 oranges)
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tablespoon good white wine vinegar
1/4 cup minced fresh dill
2 tablespoons drained capers
2 tablespoons small-diced red onion
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels and place them on a sheet pan. Drizzle with the olive oil, sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and toss together. Spread the shrimp in one layer and roast for 6 to 8 minutes, turning once while cooking, just until pink and firm and cooked through. Allow to cool on the pan for 3 minutes.
Meanwhile, make the sauce. In a large bowl, whisk together the mayo, orange zest, orange juice, vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. When the shrimp have cooled, add them to the sauce and toss. Add the dill, capers, and red onion and toss well. The flavors will improve if you cover the salad with plastic wrap and allow it to sit at room temp for 30 minutes. Otherwise, chill for up to 6 hours and serve at room temp.
Notes/Results: We didn't care for this one too much, but that doesn't mean that it's not for someone else. Many reviewers indicated that at first they weren't sure of the orange zest with the shrimp but then declared that they loved the combination. Although I love the flavor of orange I really didn't care for the flavor when it was mixed with the shrimp. Additionally, dill and capers are some of my favorite ways to flavor food but in the case of this recipe it was just too briney and too tangy. I think the dill and capers could really be scaled back in this recipe. That said, I'm glad I tried this one because I learned quite a bit about how I like to enjoy shrimp.
What about you? Do you think you would enjoy these dominate flavors with shrimp OR are you more into delicate flavors when it comes to seafood and fish?
|For Deb @ Kahakai Kitchen for Souper Sundays|