Along with my education in wine, I am also attempting to learn more about cooking. It’s not that I have never cooked or baked before, it’s simply that I stick to the same types of foods and dishes I grew up with as a child. Although I find these dishes delicious and they are accompanied by wonderful memories, I am starting to realize that there is a lot more to offer in the culinary world. Case in point, I made my first dish with fresh shrimp recently.
Before cooking with fresh shrimp myself, the only shrimp that I had cooked with was frozen, pre-cooked shrimp. Admittedly, the pre-cooked shrimp was super convenient and easy to prepare but it definitely doesn’t live up to fresh shrimp! I don’t even think I realized that fresh shrimp would taste like this at home. I just assumed that to enjoy delicious shrimp, I had to order it at a nice restaurant.
As tedious and gross as I assumed the process would be, shelling and deveining shrimp is not bad at all and didn’t end up taking that long. Now that I am more comfortable with the whole process, I am ready to try more shrimp recipes in my daily cooking. With that in mind, I always love a good recipe that includes wine.
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 tablespoon pure olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups white wine
1/2 fresh lemon, juice only
1 teaspoon Italian seasonings
1/2 cup softened butter
1 tablespoon parsley
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
* Heat skillet and add olive oil
* Add shrimp and cook until tender and no longer translucent, reduce heat. Remove shrimp and set aside.
* Add garlic and cook 2-3 minutes. Do not allow garlic to brown- it will make it bitter.
* Add white wine and lemon juice.
* Cook until wine is reduced by half. After it is reduced, add Italian seasoning.
* Reduce heat to low and add butter. If the pan is too hot, the butter will separate.
* Add shrimp back into sauce. Add parsley and season to taste with salt and pepper.
* Sprinkle with grated Parmesan Cheese.