I was served this dish at Sagres Restaurant while filming season 2. This is my recipe, not the restaurant’s, but I think you’ll find it to be tasty and easy to prepare!
1 tbsp Portuguese hot sauce (or substitute to your preference)
4-5 sliced/chopped cloves of garlic
3 tbsp olive oil or enough to cover your pan
1/2 cup white wine
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste
Parsley to garnish
Garlic shrimp being prepared in Sagres Restaurant
- You can use either raw or cooked shrimp, but raw shrimp is preferable for this dish to avoid overcooking.
- Clean and devein shrimp: Peel the shrimp, leaving the tail intact for presentation if desired. Devein the shrimp by making a shallow cut along the back and removing the dark vein.
- Use high-quality garlic: Choose fresh garlic cloves for the best flavor, and avoid using pre-minced garlic, which may have an off-taste.
- Slice or mince garlic: Depending on your preference, you can either slice the garlic thinly or mince it. Sliced garlic will provide a milder flavor, while minced garlic will deliver a stronger garlic taste.
- Heat the oil and cook garlic: Heat olive oil over medium heat in a skillet or frying pan. Add the garlic and cook until it’s lightly golden and fragrant, taking care not to burn it, as burnt garlic can become bitter.
- Control the heat: Cook the shrimp over medium to medium-high heat to ensure they cook evenly without overcooking. Overcooked shrimp can become rubbery and tough.
- Cook shrimp quickly: Shrimp cooks quickly, usually in just 2-3 minutes per side, depending on the size. The shrimp will turn pink and opaque when they’re cooked through. Avoid overcooking to maintain their tender, juicy texture.
- Season with salt and pepper: Season the shrimp with salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Be cautious with the salt, as some shrimp may already have a slightly salty flavor.
- Add a splash of acidity: A splash of lemon juice or white wine can brighten up the flavors of the dish. Add the liquid towards the end of cooking and let it cook for a minute to meld the flavors.
- Garnish with fresh herbs: Chopped fresh parsley, cilantro, or even green onions can add a burst of color and flavor to the finished dish. Sprinkle the herbs over the shrimp just before serving.
- Serve with crusty bread or over pasta: Garlic shrimp can be served as an appetizer with crusty bread to soak up the flavorful juices or as a main dish over pasta or rice.
By following these tips, you can create a delicious garlic shrimp dish that is quick, easy, and packed with flavor.