Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Grilled Basil Shrimp

Another great way to fill up but not fill out during summer is to cook and enjoy shrimp. Shrimp is so versatile because it absorbs the flavors around it. This makes it perfect for a rich and delicious marinade.

This grilled basil shrimp combines the freshness of lemon and basil with the savory flavors of garlic and spicy brown mustard. These shrimp are the perfect topping for pasta or a salad or as an elegant, yet simple, appetizer for a party!

Grilled Basil Shrimp

1lb. fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 T. spicy brown mustard
3 T. lemon juice, freshly squeezed
2 T. garlic, minced
1/3 C. fresh basil, chopped
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 1/2 T. butter, melted
2 1/2 T. extra virgin olive oil
Wooden skewers

In a small bowl, combine the mustard, lemon juice, garlic, basil, salt, pepper, melted butter, and oil. Whisk to combine well. Add the shrimp and marinate in the refrigerator 1 hour or up to overnight.

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Remove shrimp from marinade and thread onto the wooden skewers. Discard marinade. Lightly oil grill grates and arrange skewers on grill. Grill 4-5 min., turning once, or until opaque.

*Note: Grilling really lends the best flavor. To cook indoors, saute shrimp by removing from marinade and cooking in skillet over medium-high heat for 5 mins. or until opaque, making sure to turn shrimp while cooking.

Serve with a side of linguini, over salad, or as an appetizer.

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