My annual Portuguese summer vacation is coming up, and I can hardly wait to dig into all the delicious food! The one type of food I look forward to the most is seafood! From the fresh fish to the shellfish, the seafood tastes incredible.
Luckily where I live, we get the fresh seafood that helps me kill my cravings throughout the year. One of my favorite dishes to eat in Portugal is Camarões com Alho (Shrimp with Garlic). The shrimp are cooked in olive oil and lots of garlic! The shrimp comes to your table with their legs and tails attached and served with a side of toasty bread to dip in those juices. It’s a simple and insanely delicious dish to cook for a weeknight meal or a crowd!
16 extra-large shrimp
1 lemon, juice and zest
2 teaspoons of piri-piri oil
4 tablespoons of olive oil
½ cup of butter
6 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
½ cup chopped parsley
Devein the shrimp, but keep head intact, season well with salt. Reserve.
In a frying pan – I like to use a heavy well-seasoned cast iron pan, place olive oil and butter plenty of garlic crushed with the peel and some chopped. Sauté a little.
Add the prawns and fry. Season with Piri-Piri oil. Add the bay leaves, the white wine, a bit at a time and squeeze the lemon to keep the sauce going. It will take no more than 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
Sprinkle with the lemon zest and parsley and serve immediately.
Serve with toasted bread.