Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Recipe: Grilled Shrimp with Chesapeake Bay Spices, Garlic & Lemon from Raw Spice Bar

As a food blogger - I'm always getting to try random products - the folks at Raw Spice Bar reached out to me and sent me a couple of months of their spice packets - so I finally got around to trying one. 

You can subscribe to Raw Spice Bar for $6/month - and you'll get a few different packets of spice mixes and recipes to go with them. The overall theme ties them together - I had Indonesian one month and this month was the North East.

The one that grabbed me was the Grilled Shrimp with Chesapeake Bay Spices using the Baltimore Bay Spices. There's a pile of ingredients including celery salt, bay leaves, black peppercorns, mustard seed, paprika, cayenne pepper, mace, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, cloves, ginger and more.

The recipe was super simple - just mix the spics with olive oil, lemon juice, butter, garlic and salt. I whisked these together quickly...

then added the raw shrimp that I had thawed out. I definitely ONLY use raw shrimp so be sure when you're shopping for it - you get the ones clearly marked raw. The cooked shrimp are good for shrimp cocktail but really that's about it. The raw tastes much better when you saute it.

I tossed the shrimp and let them marinate for about 45 minutes or so...

Then I popped them on the grill pan. Raw shrimp are such a great protein - they literally only take a couple of minutes to cook! So - watch them closely - once they start to turn opaque - flip them. Don't overcook - they get rubbery quick. 

I decided to try the box of Cheddar Bay biscuits by Red Lobster that were sitting in my cupboard. They're pretty close to the original but seem to sprawl a little more. Brushing them with salted butter gives them that additional salty taste that you get at Red Lobster. 

The shrimp tasted magnificent - they were lightly sauteed but with a tart lemony flavor and a vast array of spices. I really enjoyed the shrimp.

Raw Spice Bar is a pretty affordable option for a gift pack - if you're an adventurous cook. The other packets that I got were a little to off the beaten path for me and had ingredients that were not things I would normally buy or know where to buy. But if you're an adventurous cook - it's something fun to add to the repertoire.
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