Saturday, September 4, 2010

Shrimp in Spiced Tomato Sauce

Quick. Simple. Full of flavor. Easy to double and freeze. Better if you pay attention and buy peeled and deveined shrimp. Doh.

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 cup diced onion
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon fresh grated lemon zest
28 ounce can whole peeled tomatoes
16 ounces (1 pound) peeled and deveined shrimp
cooked couscous, for serving
chopped cilantro, for serving

In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium. Stir in onion and ginger - cook until the onion has softened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in coriander, cayenne and lemon zest - cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, breaking them up as you go - bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Season sauce generously with salt and fresh ground black pepper.

Stir in shrimp and simmer until shrimp have cooked through, about 2 to 4 additional minutes. Serve each portion with couscous and a scattering of chopped cilantro on top.

This recipe also freezes well: after finishing the sauce, let cool to room temperature. Place shrimp in a 1-gallon freezer bag and pour cooled tomato sauce on top. Press out air, seal bag, and freeze flat. Store int eh freezer, up tot 2 1/2 months. To serve, thaw shrimp mixture in a refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high, cooking 3-5 minutes longer until shrimp is cooked through.

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