Curried Shrimp and Carrot Bouillabaisse

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Curried Shrimp and Carrot Bouillabaisse
Photo: © Tina Rupp
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 2 pounds shelled and deveined large shrimp

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

  • 2 1/2 teaspoons curry powder

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

  • 1 large shallot, coarsely chopped

  • 1 large garlic clove, chopped

  • 1 pound medium carrots, sliced on the diagonal 1/4 inch thick

  • 2 teaspoons caraway seeds

  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds

  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1/2 cup dry white wine

  • 2 cups fresh carrot juice

  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (optional)


  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil until shimmering. Add the shrimp, season with salt, pepper and 1 1/2 teaspoons of the curry and cook over moderately high heat for 3 minutes, stirring. Transfer the shrimp to a bowl.

  2. In the same skillet, melt the butter in the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil over moderately low heat. Add the shallot, garlic and the remaining 1 teaspoon of curry; cook for 3 minutes. Increase the heat to moderate, add the carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 5 minutes.

  3. Wrap the caraway, coriander, mustard seeds and bay leaf in cheesecloth and add to the pan. Add the wine and simmer, scraping up any browned bits, until reduced by half, 2 minutes. Add the carrot juice, cover and simmer until the carrots are tender, 10 minutes. Return the shrimp to the skillet; simmer for 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Discard the spices. Transfer to bowls, garnish with cilantro and serve.

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