Super Grilled Shrimp with Habanero Butter

January 26, 2015

Shrimp are easy, versatile and quick to cook, which is why we frequently include them on our entertaining menus. These spicy, garlic-loaded grilled shrimp are the perfect appetizer for your Game Day party. Simply grill them up and serve them on the skewers for easy eating.

Super Grilled Shrimp with Habanero Butter
Created by Chef Aarón Sánchez of Paloma and Johnny Sánchez
Makes 3 to 4 servings

For the Shrimp:
1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
12 garlic cloves, peeled
¼ cup TABASCO® Chipotle Sauce, or more to taste
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
Grated zest of 1 lime
1 teaspoon salt
16 extra-large shrimp, tail on
Salt and pepper, to taste

For the Habanero Butter:
½ cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon shallots, minced
½ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon TABASCO® Habanero Sauce, or more to taste

For the Shrimp:
Preheat oven to 300°F.

Pour the oil into a heavy, ovenproof medium saucepan and add the garlic.

Cover the pot with foil, transfer to the oven, and cook until the garlic turns a nutty brown and is very soft (think cream cheese), about 45 minutes. Remove the pot from the oven and let the garlic and oil cool to room temperature.

Transfer the garlic and the now garlic-infused oil into a food processor or blender. Add the Tabasco Chipotle Sauce, cilantro, lime zest, and salt and puree until the mixture is very smooth.

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium heat.

Clean the shrimp and pat dry using a paper towel.  Thread the shrimp onto the skewers, 3 to 4 shrimp per skewer.  (TIP: soak skewers in water prior to using to prevent them from burning.)  

Brush a generous amount of the sauce onto each side of the shrimp, then lightly season with salt and pepper.  Cook on the grill for approximately 1 to 2 minutes on each side.  

For the Habanero Butter:
Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl and mix until well incorporated.

For additional spice, lightly brush each side of the shrimp with the Habanero Butter while grilling, or serve with shrimp for dipping.