It’s been so hot here in California and making dinner is not something I’ve been wanting to spend a lot of time on so I apologize for the lack of “cooked” items lately, as I’m more about side dishes and snacks. I’ve also been doing quick cook dinners and usually it’s not something I plan for I just make…for example this smoked shrimp with achiote, I literally planned and cooked it all in less then 30 minutes.
Achiote is the paste I used for my chicken with achiote, it’s not spicy at all but adds a lovely flavor to most meats and fish, you can find it here in California in the Mexican aisle. I was originally introduced to achiote in cooking school, using it on shrimp and I always keep it on hand. I tend to pair orange zest with the achiote as I think it enhances the flavor.
I used my smoker for this recipe so the instructions and photos are directed in using a smoker. If you don’t have a smoker, you can BBQ your shrimp or you can bake your shrimp or you can even cook your shrimp in a pan so no worries there.
I basically added my achiote paste with my oil, orange zest and garlic…I apologize for the photo, I didn’t realize how bad of focus it was until it was too late 🙁
you add your shrimp to the mix, toss your shrimp and let it marinade for 10 minutes or so
while it’s marinating, you prepare your smoker by adding the flavored chips you like, I also added the peel of my orange
I laid the shrimp down on a single layer and covered, turn the flame to high and let it smoke for 10 minutes or so
I then turned the smoker off and let it sit (with the cover on) for about 8 more minutes…YUMMY, doesn’t it look amazing
This is a super easy, last minute dish that everyone will love. Again, if you don’t have a smoker, bake them in your oven or BBQ them out back or cook them in a pan on your stove top.
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