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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Grilled Shrimp with Oregano & Lemon - Summer Deliciousness!

I came across this delightful recipe for Grilled Shrimp with Oregano and Lemon in the July issue of Food & Wine Magazine. The title alone made my mouth water: plump shrimp, salty capers, fragrant oregano and tart lemon - these flavors just scream Summer!

The recipe was from Seattle Chef Ethan Stowell, proprietor of an assemblage of restaurants including Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf, Anchovies & Olives, and Staple & Fancy Mercantile. His distinctive culinary style combines local, Pacific Northwest ingredients with his passion for Italian cuisine.

The sauce for the shrimp is a simpler version of Italy's salmoriglio, usually made with lemon and herbs in a mortar. The recipe is extremely easy to make and the simplicity of the preparation really lets the individual ingredients shine. Serve these shrimp hot off the grill with some fresh, crusty French bread to sop up all the delicious sauce and a crisp, citrusy white wine like the 2009 Hall Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc and you are in for a real Summertime treat! What are your favorite Summer flavors?


Grilled Shrimp with Oregano and Lemon
adapted from the July 2011 issue of Food & Wine Magazine
1/2 cup capers, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup oregano leaves
1 garlic clove, minced
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper
2 1/2 pounds large shrimp, shelled and deveined

On a cutting board, finely chop the drained capers with the oregano leaves and garlic. Transfer the mixture  to a bowl and stir in 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, along with the lemon zest and lemon juice. Season the sauce with pepper.

Light a grill. In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil  and season lightly with salt and pepper. Thread the shrimp onto metal skewers and grill over high heat, turning once until the shrimp are lightly charred and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Remove the shrimp from the skewers transfer them to a platter. Spoon the sauce on top and serve. Serves 8.
**The sauce can be refrigerated overnight. Bring it to room temperature before serving.


  1. Seafood is one of my fav's !! Will certainly have to try this shrimp dish...HHL

  2. This recipe has everything I love: Shrimp, lemon, oregano, it just screams deliciousness!!! And I adore that its paired with a sauvignon blanch, my most favorite of all wines :) Perfection!

  3. I love recipes like this: delicious, colourful, and easy on the eyes and the thighs LOL!
    Hope you are having a great weekend.
    *kisses* HH

  4. This looks delicious! I will definitely need to make this soon!!
    My favourite summer flavours ~ citris, berries, coconut and seafood.. I very rarely eat meat.
    Wishing you a lovely week! xoxo, B

  5. This does sound delicious and very summery. Our shrimp seller from Galveston is coming to town this week too!

  6. This sauce looks delicious!! I have shrimp on the menu for next week. I may need to switch recipes and try this one instead.

  7. I love dishes like this that you can put on the table and you know, it looks good.


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