Armagnac-Doused Shrimp

Despite the French Armagnac, this dish is based on the Chinese recipe for drunken shrimp. If you can find tiny, whole--preferably live--shrimp in Chinatown, eat them with the shell.

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  • 1/4 cup Armagnac or other brandy
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

How to make this recipe

  1. In a shallow dish, add the Armagnac to the shrimp; marinate for 15 minutes.

  2. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and drain lightly on paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil until shimmering. Add half of the shrimp and stir-fry over high heat until browned on both sides and cooked through, about 1 minute total. Transfer to a platter and repeat with the remaining oil and shrimp. Serve immediately.

Contributed By Published September 2004

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