So here's a quick recipe for those of you who are cooking and single. Today's recipe is Shrimp Po'boys.
Buy a bag of frozen, raw, cleaned, and peeled shrimp. Thaw out as much shrimp as you would need to make a sandwich, this is up to you. Frozen shrimp is a great purchase when you are cooking for one because you can quickly thaw it out without much hassle (Say, in case you forgot to pull anything out before you left for work in the morning). To thaw, just put the shrimp in a strainer and run cold water over it for a minute or two until thawed.
Biggest mistake people make when cooking is failing to season well, most inexperienced cooks under-season. I don't cook anything with measurements, I just cook by taste. Key to remember in cooking is that you can always add but you can never take away! Here is what you will need for making a dry rub for the shrimp: Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Chili Powder, Paprika, Salt, Pepper, and a dash of Cayenne Pepper. If the thought of not using measurements makes you nervous, do about a teaspoon of each of these except the cayenne, it just needs a little sprinkle of Cayenne. Mix all of these together with your fingers to break up any lumps.
If you have a barbecue grill, I like to put two skewers through the shrimp so that they are easy to turn. If you have Forman grill, life is really easy, you can just throw the shrimp in and close the lid. If you have neither, add about a tablespoon of your choice of oil in a skillet and heat it to medium heat. If you are using an outdoor grill, make sure you skewer the shrimp, then season on both sides. If you are using a foreman or skillet, put the shrimp in a bowl and just start seasoning and stirring, until everything is covered well.
When cooking shrimp you are looking for two things:
- The shrimp should be a light pink color.
- If you squeeze the shrimp between your pointer finger and thumb it should be firm.
Remove the shrimp from skewers and serve on any bread you like with your choice of vegetables; I prefer lettuce and red onions on a toasted sandwich roll. You can also use tartar sauce or mayonnaise if you like.
I like to add a chipotle aioli to mine. I make my chipotle aioli with two tablespoons of mayonaise, a tablespoon of adobo sauce (the sauce inside a can of chipotles), and some garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
This is a super quick recipe for the single person who wants an easy, great tasting meal.