Gambas au Beurre d'Escargot

Nina Gallant

For The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook authors Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin have included a Lutèce classic, Gambas au Beurre d'Escargot, jumbo prawns gratinéed with a green garlicky butter spiked with licoricey Pernod. One might think that there are snails trying to sneak into this recipe, but it's just big sweet prawns cooked in the same butter that escargot are traditionally sizzled in.

Reprinted with permission from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook by Judy Gelman and Peter Zheutlin. Copyright © 2012. Published by Smart Pop Books. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 15 mins
Serves: 6 servings

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For the Beurre d’ Escargot:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley

  • 3 medium cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)

  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped

  • 1/2 tablespoon Pernod (preferred), Ricard, or other anise-flavored liqueur

  • 1 teaspoon table salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For the Shrimp:

  • 24 freshwater large or jumbo shell-on shrimp, rinsed in cold water


  1. Make the Beurre d’Escargot: In a bowl, mix together all ingredients until thoroughly blended. You may use a food processor, but do not overmix or it will lose its texture.

  2. Preheat the oven to 450°F. With a sharp knife or shears, butterfly (split) the shrimp and remove the vein, but leave shrimp in the shells.

  3. Place shrimp shell down in a gratin dish. Cover them with the Beurre d’Escargot. Put the dish in the preheated oven until shrimp are cooked through, about 8 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
300 Calories
31g Fat
3g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6
Amount per serving
Calories 300
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 111mg 37%
Sodium 494mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 2mg 11%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 72mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)