I never thought in a million years that shrimp would be my go to choice when I wanted a quick and delicious dinner! For many years I avoided the whole shrimp issue since my better half did not really care for it. That was until he tried bacon wrapped shrimp! Since that day I have lost count on how many shrimp recipes I have prepared to date. One of our favorite ways to enjoy a quick shrimp dinner is by marinating it in some salsa macha(chile oil). It’s delicious pan seared in a cast iron skillet and grilled too!
Do you ever have those days when you are so hungry, but not willing to spend(waste) the money on eating out? This happens a lot in our house. I am so thankful that both my parents cooked and never discouraged us to get in the kitchen to learn. The times I would most likely go out to eat would be on the weekends. During the week, I am busy in the kitchen developing new recipes for my blog. Even after you think you have exhausted all of the popular and traditional recipes, there is always fusion cooking! Bringing two cultures of food together to create something new. I am a fusion food junkie! I really enjoy it. In today’s post I combined my love of spicy Mexican seafood with fresh Italian inspired bruschetta and pico de gallo. And to round out the meal, I served it with some, crostini bread and cured meats, such as Spanish chorizo and Italian Proscuitto. My husband and I really enjoy meals like this on the weekends. Preparing special meals does not always involve hours of prep and cook time or a ton of ingredients. I took a little help from my homemade chile oil or salsa macha (salsa en aceite) I had prepared a few months before. If you have not tried preparing some yet, you really should. It last forever in the coldest part of your refrigerator and can be used in so many recipes. My favorite way to use the salsa macha (chile oil) is to marinate shrimp. With just a few spices added, the results are delicious!
1/2 a pound of Texas Gulf Coast Shrimp, which gave me 11-12 shrimp. They were pretty big, like a jumbo size.
salt and pepper
chile ancho powder
3 tablespoons salsa macha(chile oil)
Directions For Shrimp
After peeling and cleaning shrimp, transfer to a glass dish or bowl. Season the the shrimp with kosher salt, fresh cracked pepper and chile ancho powder on both sides. Add 2-3 full tablespoons of salsa macha(chile oil) and fold to coat all the shrimp evenly. Let marinate for 30 to 40 minutes. When ready to cook, preheat pan to medium heat for 5 minutes. Drizzle in a little olive oil to pan. Shake off excess chile from the shrimp and cook shrimp for 5 to 6 minutes, turning halfway through cooking time. Serve and enjoy! Garnish with fresh lime wedges.
Tips~ After you cook the shrimp, you could add leftover chile oil left from marinating into the hot pan. Add a splash of white wine, tequila or chicken broth and a table spoon of butter. Season with a little salt and pepper. Cook for a few minutes and pour over shrimp.
Here is the shrimp on a different night. Serve with sauteed onions, garlic, poblanos, jalapeños and tomatoes. Don’t forget the Simple Mexican Rice Garnish with fresh cilantro!
Tips~ Any dried chile peppers, such as chile de arbol, chiles japones or chile piquin will work for preparing Salsa en Aceite(chile oil). If you can find it already crushed in the Mexican spices, even better! Click onto picture above to see full recipe for Salsa Macha (Salsa de Aceite) .
Another variation of Salsa de Aceite. Click onto picture above to see full recipe on site. Prepared with both red and green chiles.
Fresh Mex Salsa- Fusion
1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes, finely chopped
2 large roma tomatoes, finely diced
2 to 3 cloves garlic,minced
1 fresno, jalapeno or serrano, minced
1 full tablespoon fresh basil, sliced thin
1 full tablespoon cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh oregano, minced
1/3 teaspoon chile pepper flakes
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1/2 a lime
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
sea salt, to taste
Fresh cracked pepper, to taste
*Combine all of the ingredients, cover and let marinate for 30 to 40 minutes.
Tips~ When I am in a hurry, I go to my local market that has the freshest looking seafood and purchase just 1/2 pound of shrimp. The larger the better.