This easy saute uses one pan and is ready in under 30 minutes but the result is wonderful. A real taste of spring with the asparagus and lemon. Adapted from Fine Cooking magazine.
- 1 lb shrimp, medium to large, peeled and deveined
- 1 pinch black pepper, to taste
- 1 lemon
- 4 tablespoons olive oil or 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 4 medium garlic cloves, sliced thinly
- 3⁄4 lb asparagus, tough ends snapped off and cut into 2 inch lengths (about 2 cups)
- 1⁄4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 2⁄3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1⁄2 teaspoon cornstarch
- Place shrimp on paper towels and dry very well.
- Sprinkle shrimp with a bit of the pepper.
- Using a vegetable peeler, peel off strips of the lemon peel and then cut the strips into very thin long pieces; be sure to peel only the yellow part of the peel, not the bitter white part.
- Cut lemon in half and juice it into a small dish, removing seeds.
- Heat a deep 12 inch skillet (preferably NOT non-stick) over medium high heat for 1 minute.
- Add 2 Tbsp of the oil and heat until it's shimmering hot -- just a few seconds.
- Add the shrimp in a single layer and do not disturb it; let cook for about 2 minutes until browned.
- Turn shrimp over and brown the other side, about 1 1/2 minutes, then transfer to a plate. Shrimp should not be cooked through.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and add garlic, stirring for 30 seconds.
- Add asparagus, lemon zest strips, red pepper flakes and cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes.
- Add chicken broth and cover, simmering for 1-2 minutes until asparagus is almost done.
- Stir cornstarch with 1 Tbsp water and stir into the pan.
- Add shrimp back to the pan and cook another 1-2 minutes until done.
- Stir in 1 Tbsp lemon juice, then taste and add more juice and pepper if needed.
This was very tasty and quite beautiful to look at which is always a plus! I served it with Jasmine rice, which was a mistake the delicious light sauce was overshadowed by the flavor of the rice. It would have went with pasta a LOT better I will do pasta next time. The sauce was splendid I only added the 1 tablespoon of lemon juice and it was perfect. The flavor kind of reminded me of Avgolemono soup which I love. I was a little confused by the "4 tablespoons of olive oil" I couldn't find where to use the other 2 tbsp in the recipe. So I only ended up using 2 tbsp.
Seriously delicious! Used 3 big zester strips of lemon rind (no white pith) which I then skinnied into 4 strips apiece. Used rather more broth (closer to a cup & a half so had to increase cornstarch to 1 1/2 t. Came together fast after prepping shrimp (shells in leftover chicken broth, olive oil & butter on the back burner now for stock). Added 2 T lemon juice at the end. Served with steamed brown rice - yum. Wonderful recipe! This is a keeper in our house! Thank you so much for posting Cookin-jo!
Mm, delicious! Well okay, so I was QUITE generous with the red pepper flakes, added a bit of light butter to the oil before I sauteed the shrimp, and I did skip the lemon zest, but it was all really delicious in the end. I also added red bell peppers when I started cooking the asparagus as well and it made for an even prettier plate. Thanks!