Wednesday, May 18, 2011

BBQ Grilled Shrimp with Garlic Green Beans

I am so completely happy with everything that I cooked today! First I made homemade bbq sauce for the very first time (which was stellar!), and then brushed it on the shrimp and grilled them up! I knew that I would like it, but I had no idea that I would like them that much! It was so very good! I served the shrimp with some garlic green beans and it was a really nice meal. I could gush on and on about how great they were, but I think you get the point ;)

BBQ Grilled Shrimp
adapted from: Emeril Lagasse

For the shrimp marinade:

  • 1 pound peeled and deveined raw shrimp
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon fresh marjarom
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
For the BBQ sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 2/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 8oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauc
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
The first thing you want to do is get those shrimp marinating. Combine all of the ingredients for the marinade, stir to combine and addd the shrimp. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate for a minimum of 2 hours (overnight if you can!). You may notice from looking at my photos that I did not use the marjarom. I didn't have it, so I omitted it. They were absolutely amazing without it and I'm sure they would be even better with it. Your call. Let those shrimp soak up all that wonderful flavor while you move on to the next step.

Now we can get started on making the BBQ sauce. Heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan and then add the onion and garlic. Cook until tender, about 3-4 minutes.

Add the vinegar and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Add all of the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Simmer over medium-low heat for 20-30 minutes. Your sauce will be thick and delicious! You can either refrigerate your bbq sauce now for later use (store up to 2 weeks in the fridge), or you can leave it at room temperature to use with your dinner tonight.

When you are ready to make the shrimp heat up your grill (indoor or outdoor). Remove the shrimp from the marinade and place on the grill (medium heat) for 4 minutes on the first side. Now you can flip them over and give them their first coating of the bbq sauce. Cook them for an additional 4 minutes on the second side and then coat the second side with the bbq and serve!
Be careful to not over cook your shrimp! They can go from perfection to rubbery in just a few minutes.

Garlic Green Beans
adapted from: Eva's Kitchen

  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans (cleaned and trimmed)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • kosher salt to taste
Clean and trim your green beans. I cut mine in half to make them a little easier to manage.

In a large pan, boil water with a little salt. While the water is coming to a boil, grab a large bowl and fill it with water and ice. Cook the green beans in the water for 30 seconds. Yes, that's right I said seconds. We are only blanching them super quick and then we are going to toss them in an ice bath to stop the cooking process. Let them sit in the ice bath for a few minutes and then drain and pat dry.

Melt the butter in a large saute pan over medium-low heat and then add the garlic. We do not want to brown the garlic. Cook for 2-3 minutes and then add the green beans. Cook for about 15 minutes or until cooked and with a little bit of their "snap" left.

Serve the shrimp with the green beans!



Jaclyn said...

This was SOOOO good, Farrah! Thanks for letting me be a taste tester on this one. :)

Farrah said...

You are very welcome! You know you are always welcome for dinner :)

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