Shrimp à l’Américaine

L.A. restaurateur Stephane Bombet makes a truly luscious version of shrimp ? l'Am?ricaine, a classic dish made with tomatoes and wine. His version includes Cognac, cr?me fra?che and a touch of cayenne, which create a sauce that's totally irresistible.

  • Total Time:
  • Servings: 10 to 12


  • 2 pounds large shrimp (about 40), shelled and deveined

  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 shallots, very thinly sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 3/4 cup dry white wine

  • 2 tablespoons Cognac 
  • One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes

  • 2 teaspoons tomato paste

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

  • 1/4 cup crème fraîche

  • Crusty bread, for serving

How to make this recipe

  1. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in the olive oil over moderately high heat. Add half of the shrimp and cook, turning once, until lightly browned but not cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining shrimp. 

  2. In the skillet, melt the remaining 3 tablespoons of butter. Add the shallots and garlic and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, 
until softened and just starting to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and Cognac and simmer until slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste and cayenne and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring, until just cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the crème fraîche; season with salt and pepper. Serve with bread.


If you would like to flamb? the Cognac, add it after the shrimp finish cooking in Step 2. Ignite carefully with a long-handled match and cook until the flames subside. Stir in the cr?me fra?che and serve.

Contributed By Photo © Eva Kolenko Published December 2016

Related Video

More Videos
Making sushi with Celtics’ Player Kelly Olynyk

1093981 recipes/shrimp-lamericaine 2016-11-07T14:36:33+00:00 Stephane Bombet december-2016 recipes,shrimp-lamericaine 1093981