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Chimichurri Grilled Shrimp

Here in Florida December is the start of grill season, and while the rest of the country is digging out from a pre-Christmas snow storm we are firing up the grill and lounging on the patio. Today’s trip to Costco yielded about two pounds of gorgeous tiger prawns and reason to get grilling. I served the shrimp with nice a green salad and grilled asparagus tonight but they could easily dress up a plate of rice, couscous or any other grain. Enjoy!!

1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley

Chimichurri Grilled Shrimp

3-6 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, finely chopped

1/2 cup red wine vinegar

1 1/2 cups extra-virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon Adobo Salt

½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Pinch red pepper flakes

1.5-2 lbs medium to large raw shrimp peeled and deveined

Mix all the ingredients but the shrimp together in a food processor until smooth. Refrigerate for as long as you like, a few hours or a few days, the longer the better.

Peal and clean the shrimp, be sure to remove the vain across the back of the shrimp with a sharp knife.

Cleaning the shrimp yourself will save you money and ensure its done right.

Rinse and drain the shrimp before you marinate them.  Do not over marinate them, you will make ceviche.   Put the cleaned shrimp in a non-reactive bowl and mix gently with about half to three quarters of the chimichurri you made and refrigerate for 1-3 hours. Remove from fridge and prep for grilling by threading on skewers.  If your skewers are wood soak for at least 30 minutes in cold water.

Do not crowed the shrimp on the skewers.

Heat BBQ grill or grill pan to screaming hot.  Be sure to spay grill/grill pan with non-stick spray if needed. Grill shrimp about 3 minutes each side depending on size.  Once they start to turn pink they are cooked…nothing worse than over cooked shrimp, so go lightly.

A hot grill will sear the shrimp to get the best flavor.

Remove from skewers and serve with the remaining chimichurri sauce and a squeeze of lemon juice and salt if needed.