Pan-Seared Shrimp with Hot Chorizo Butter

Chorizo makes this shrimp smoky and moderately hot. The spectacular Spanish paprika called pimenton picante adds another layer of smoke and spice.


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  • Servings: 4
KEY: Dinner Party, Father's Day, Game Day, Spanish, Fast, Make Ahead, Dinner

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  • 2 hot chorizo sausages (5 ounces)
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 scallions, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon pimentón picante (see Note) or hot paprika
  • Salt
  • 1 3/4 pounds medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
  • 3 tablespoons brandy
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Lemon wedges and crusty bread, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, cover the chorizo with water and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat for 5 minutes, then drain. Thinly slice 1 of the sausages and finely chop the other.
  2. In a medium bowl, blend the butter with the scallions, pimentón and chopped chorizo and season with salt.
  3. In a large skillet, cook the sliced chorizo over very low heat until the fat is rendered, about 4 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook over moderate heat until barely pink, about 2 minutes per side. Add the brandy, tip the skillet and, using a long match, carefully ignite the brandy. When the flames die down, add the chorizo butter and cook, stirring, until just melted, about 2 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the water to make a creamy sauce.
  4. Transfer the shrimp and sauce to a shallow serving dish and garnish with the lemon wedges. Serve at once with crusty bread.

Make Ahead

The chorizo butter can be frozen for up to 1 month.


Pimenton picante can be mail-ordered from the Spanish Table, 206-682-2827;

Suggested Pairing

A light, fruity rosé with good acidity is the best counterbalance to the spicy and smoky flavors in this dish.

Contributed By Photo © Mikkel Vang Published August 2002

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