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Grilled Yucatán Shrimp
© Quentin Bacon

Grilled Yucatán Shrimp

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  1. 2 tablespoons achiote powder (see Note)
  2. 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  3. 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  5. 1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
  6. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  7. Salt
  8. 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  9. 2 pounds large shelled and deveined shrimp
  10. 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  11. Summer Vegetable Rice and lemons, for serving
  1. Light a grill. In a large bowl, blend the achiote, garlic, orange and lemon juices, chile powder, cayenne and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Whisk in the oil. Add the shrimp and toss. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Thread the shrimp onto six 12-inch skewers. Season with salt; reserve the marinade. Grill the shrimp over a hot fire, basting with the marinade, until barely cooked through, 2 minutes per side. Transfer to plates, sprinkle with the cilantro and serve with Summer Vegetable Rice and lemon wedges.
Notes Achiote powder is ground from achiote (annatto) seeds. It has no discernible flavor and is used in Latin cooking to give dishes a reddish-orange color. Achiote powder and seeds are available at Latin markets and some supermarkets.