Fairway's ten-year old seafood department is well-known as one of the freshest and best in New York. This is due In large part to head fishmonger Tony Maltese. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Tony was a fisherman long before he ever worked at Fairway—in fact, he once caught a prize-winning 760-pound bluefin tuna off the coast of Montauk. Needless to say, he is a firm believer in the Fairway adage to "Buy fish from people who fish."
Today's Cook the Book recipe is for Rosemary and Chile-Grilled Shrimp with Lemon Zest. If, like me, you lack a backyard grill, simply sear these shrimp on the stove in a hot frying pan. They're perfect hot or at room temperature, tossed in a salad, or served over couscous as a main course. The Food Life author Steve Jenkins recommends buying whole shrimp with the heads on: "all that gunk in there is flavor, no doubt about it." But if you're squeamish, peeled and deveined shrimp would still be delicious.
- Yield:4 servings
- 1 pound medium shrimp (24 to 32 shrimp), peeled and deveined, tails left on
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Fresh juice and zest of 1 lemon
- 3 to 4 fresh small red chile peppers, seeded and finely chopped
- Leaves from 2 sprigs rosemary, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- Kosher or sea salt to taste
In a large bowl, toss the shrimp with the oil, lemon juice, chile peppers, rosemary, garlic, and a pinch of salt. Cover and refrigerate for 30 to 45 minutes.
Light the grill or heat a cast-iron frying pan over high heat until very hot. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and grill or sear them until just pink and opaque, about 1 minute per side.
Transfer the cooked shrimp to a platter. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and season with salt to taste. Serve immediately.