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Shrimp Piri piri with quick-preserved Meyer lemons

Shrimp Piri piri with quick-preserved Meyer lemons
Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

If Cezanne had lived not in France but in Southern California, his still lifes would have overflowed with Meyer lemons. Plump, smooth-skinned, colored an unmistakable dark yellow -- canary yellow, the color of egg yolks or the sun at noon ... Read more

Total time: 50 minutes plus 30 minutes marinating time | Serves 4

Quick-preserved Meyer lemons

  • 6 Meyer lemons
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar

Step 1Using a vegetable peeler, peel the lemons, trying to keep away from the white pith. (If necessary, scrape any pith away from the peels with a small knife.) Squeeze the juice from the peeled lemons into a bowl and reserve: You should have about 1 cup. Add water to bring the liquid up to 2 cups; set aside to reserve.

Step 2Place the peel and 2 cups of water in a saucepan and bring to a rolling boil. Drain. Repeat this procedure once more. Return the drained peel to the pan, add the reserved juice, salt and sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool. Makes about three-eighths cup.

Shrimp piri piri

  • 1 cup black rice (Forbidden rice)
  • 4 red jalapeno chiles, seeded, ribs removed and chopped
  • 2 green jalapeno chiles, seeded, ribs removed and chopped
  • 2 serrano chiles, seeded, ribs removed and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, plus additional for garnish
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • Juice of 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1 recipe quick-preserved Meyer lemon peel, julienned, divided
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, tail-on, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Additional chopped cilantro for garnish

Step 1In a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, cook the black rice according to the package instructions (about 30 minutes) and reserve.

Step 2In a food processor, combine the chiles, garlic, cilantro, parsley, lemon juice and one-eighth cup of the preserved lemon peel and process until the mixture is a coarse paste. Add one-half cup olive oil in a slow stream and reserve. (Makes 1 cup.)

Step 3In a large bowl, toss the shrimp in the sauce and allow to marinate, covered and refrigerated, for 30 minutes.

Step 4Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over high heat until it shimmers, then add the marinated shrimp. Toss for 3 to 4 minutes until the shrimp is opaque, taking care not to overcook. Season with kosher salt.

Step 5Serve the shrimp over the black rice, garnished with the remaining preserved lemon and a little chopped cilantro.

Note: This recipe is an adaption and combining of two recipes from Marcus Samuelsson's "The Soul of a New Cuisine." Piri piri is an African dish named for a hot chile pepper. We substitute jalapenos. Black (Forbidden) rice is available at selected supermarkets and food specialty stores.


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