We are in the middle of a cold snap here in Colorado and I have been craving comfort food. There are so many ways that you can do comfort food, but I was looking to change things up a bit. So, I thought maybe risotto would be a good start; I have made this Orange Risotto before and loved it. When I saw shrimp was on sale, I thought I would do a complementary orange glazed shrimp. I love how this came out spicy and sweet with tons of flavor. It really complemented the risotto perfectly, though it could easily go with lots of fresh veggies or rice. (I know many people oppose serving dairy with seafood, but I liked this combination, you could always leave the cheese out of the risotto in this case.) There are lots of options for this one, but it was FAST and super tasty!
Orange Glazed Shrimp
1 Pound Shrimp, Peeled and Deveined
1 Cup fresh squeezed orange juice
2 Cloves Garlic thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons Shallots, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Meat Magic (you could substitute your favorite seasoning salt, but I love this one)
Salt & Pepper
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Heat 1 Tablespoon butter and 1 T olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and shallots and cook until lightly browned around the edges.
Make sure the shrimp are clean and dry, then add them to the pan.
Cook about 1 minute on each side sprinkling with meat magic on both sides, then remove from the pan.
Add vermouth to deglaze scraping the drippings off the bottom. Then add orange juice seasoned with remaining spices.
Simmer to reduce for about 5 min. Add final tablespoon of butter and salt and pepper; incorporate when the sauce coats the back of a spoon, add the shrimp and toss in the sauce.
Allow to cook another 2 minutes. Serve over orange risotto (or rice and veggies).