Summer is a time to eat lighter foods – hot weather can feel oppressive, leading many to crave cold foods or dishes low in calories. There are few protein sources as light, delicious and seasonally perfect as shrimp. Put your international and American cooking techniques to use this summer by churning out these amazing shrimp-based recipes from around the world:
1. Shrimp tempura
This dish comes all the way from Japan. “Tempura” refers to the batter in which a food is fried. While you may not think deep-fried foods fit the light summer theme, tempura techniques most certainly do. The batter consists of eggs, cold water and flour. Break a large egg into ice water so that the resulting combination is equal to 1 cup. Whisk the two together, then slowly pour the liquid into 1 cup of flour. Your batter can be lumpy, but it should stay cold. Next, peel and clean the shrimp and dust them with corn starch. Dredge your shrimp in the batter and fry them in oil that’s at about 350 degrees Fahrenheit. You can serve these deliciously crispy shrimp with a sweet and sour sauce or just soy sauce.
2. Gamberetti all’Agro
A popular antipasto, gamberetti all’Agro is essentially lemon-marinated shrimp. This simple dish is light and delicious, making the shrimp the star. Boil 2 quarts of water with 1/4 cup of white wine vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt. Add clean shrimp to the pot and poach only until they are cooked. Drain the shrimp and let them cool, then mix them in a bowl with pepper, olive oil and lemon juice. The shrimp should sit in this marinade for at least 30 minutes at room temperature. When the time is up, serve the shrimp as a refreshing appetizer that’s perfect for a summer dinner party.
3. Grilled shrimp
You can’t go all summer without grilling shrimp, so try this American cooking technique. This dish is just as simple as gamberetti all’Agro, and includes many of the same ingredients. However, it’s eaten hot rather than at room temperature. Butterfly cut your shrimp with the shell on and brush them with olive oil. Add salt and pepper and place them on a hot grill. The shrimp only need to cook for two minutes on each side. Grill a halved lemon to use later. Serve the shrimp with the lemon as a side dish or appetizer.