We were watching re-runs of Barefoot Contessa the other day (a favorite pastime of ours), and picked up an interesting tip from the lovely Ina Garten
. She says that for almost any recipe she makes using shrimp, she prefers to roast the shrimp in the oven to cook it. Find out why - and how - below!Ina Garten says that roasting will caramelize the shrimp slightly and concentrate their flavor, making this mild shellfish taste sweeter and more intense. We imagine that it's similar to throwing shrimp on the grill, something we love
She recommends tossing the shrimp (peeled and de-veined) with olive oil, salt, and pepper, and then spreading them out in a single layer on a sheet pan. Roast them in a 400° oven for 6-8 minutes until pink and firm. At this point, you can set them aside and add them to your recipe at the last minute.
Here are a few Barefoot Contessa recipes from the Food Network that use this technique:
• Lemon Pasta with Roasted Shrimp
• Roasted Shrimp and Orzo
• Roasted Shrimp Cocktail
Have you ever tried this technique?
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(Image: Food Network)