Shrimp with Citrus Mojo
- SERVINGS: 4
Mojo is the ubiquitous Cuban condiment that's sprinkled on meats and poultry and is often used as a marinade too. A Scotch bonnet chile makes this version extra spicy.
- 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries
- 3/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 to 1 whole Scotch bonnet or habanero chile, seeded and minced
- 1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crumbled
- 1 pound Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch dice
- 2 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 1/2 pounds medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
- 1/4 cup cilantro leaves, plus 2 tablespoons chopped
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- In a small skillet, toast the allspice berries and cumin seeds over moderate heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Transfer the spices to a plate to cool, then grind in a spice grinder or mortar. In a small bowl, combine the spices with the onion, garlic, chile, orange zest, orange juice, olive oil, lime juice, sherry vinegar, salt, pepper and saffron and set aside for 1 hour.
- In a large saucepan of boiling salted water, cook the potatoes until just tender, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the potatoes to a bowl. Add the corn to the saucepan and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Drain the corn and add it to the potatoes.
- Wipe out the saucepan and heat the oil until shimmering. Add 1/2 cup of the mojo and simmer over moderate heat for 1 minute. Add the shrimp and cook, turning once, until loosely curled, about 1 minute. Transfer the shrimp to a plate. Add another 1/4 cup of the mojo to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Add the potatoes and corn and cook until heated through. Stir in the chopped cilantro and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a platter and arrange the shrimp on top. Garnish with the cilantro leaves and serve, passing the extra mojo at the table.
A light, acidic Italian Pinot Grigio will tame the hot pepper and echo the bright taste of citrus in the sauce.