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Simple Shrimp

By Nathan Coker
In Center Block
Aug 1st, 2022

article and photograph by HEATHER LAND

This summer staple can make any meal feel special in minutes. Source wild caught shrimp whenever possible. Whether you like them with or without the tails, deveined, butterflied or as is, the perfect shrimp are mere minutes from your plate. 


1 lb large shrimp
Seasonings of choice*
Fresh lemon

Preheat your griddle top, grill or skillet to medium-high. Peel and rinse your shrimp. Lay out on towel to absorb excess moisture. Toss in bowl with a light coat of olive oil, *seasonings of choice, and juice of 1/2 lemon. Throw your shrimp on the griddle and use tongs to separate and arrange shrimp flat. Once you get them arranged, immediately begin to flip each one. Turn off your heat. By the time you finish flipping them, remove them from the heat. They are done.  Serve over a bed of fresh greens, in taco shells with all the extras, over a bowl of rice, or simply as a share. 

Try this variation on *seasonings: 

2 cloves fresh minced garlic
1 tsp coconut aminos
1 tsp smoked paprika 
1 tsp chili powder 
1 tsp honey
Pinch of sea salt
Serve any way you like with fresh, crisp summer jalapeños