The Drunken Oyster: Spanish Style Garlic Shrimp
- 14 cloves garlic
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled, save shells
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- Pinch red pepper flakes
- 1 1/2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
- sea salt
1. Finely chop 4 garlic cloves and place in large bowl.
2. Smash 4 cloves under the flat side of a knife and place in a large skillet.
3. Thinly slice remaining 6 garlic cloves and set aside.
4. Add shrimp to bowl with minced garlic. Add 3 tablespoons olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon sea salt and baking soda. Toss to combine thoroughly and set aside at room temperature.
5. Add shrimp shells to pan with smashed garlic and add remaining olive oil and pepper flakes.
6. Set over medium-low to low heat and cook, stirring and tossing occasionally, until shells are deep ruby red, garlic is pale golden brown, and oil is turning the color of shrimp shells, about 10 minutes. Oil should be gently bubbling the whole time.
7. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a small bowl, tossing and pressing the shrimp shells to extract as much oil as possible. Discard shells and garlic.
8. Return flavored oil to skillet and heat over medium-high heat until slightly simmering. Add sliced garlic and cook, stirring constantly, until pale golden brown, about 1 minute.
9. Add shrimp and cook, tossing and stirring constantly until shrimp are barely cooked through, about 2 minutes.
10. Add sherry vinegar and parsley and toss to combine.
11. Season to taste with salt. Serve immediately.
The Drunken Oyster
7606 SW 45th Ave.