Garlic Shrimp

Courtesy Los Islenos Heritage & Cultural Society

A traditional Spanish recipe from earlier settlers in Louisiana. This a zesty / tangy recipe with head-on Louisiana shrimp.
Cook/Prep Time: 35 MinutesServings: 6


2 sticks salted butter or 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 large head garlic, peeled and chopped fine
2 medium onions, chopped fine
1 1/2 lemons, unpeeled, cut into small, thin wedges
6 bay leaves
5 pounds Louisiana shrimp with heads (16–20 count)
salt and freshly ground black pepper


Melt the butter or oil in a pan, preferably cast iron, set over medium high heat. Add the garlic, onion, lemon and bay leaves and sauté until ingredients soften, about 5 minutes.
Add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Stir and cover until shrimp begin to turn pink, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 10-12 minutes, covered.
Remove the pan from the heat and set it aside, covered for 15 minutes.
Serve with French bread to soak up the delicious juices. 

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