Homemade Shrimp Pil-Pil


Dmitri’s is one of those neighborhood joints that we don’t visit nearly often enough, but we always enjoy it when we do. One of their most popular dishes is shrimp pil-pil. After a recent meal at Dmitri’s, we got it into our heads that we should try to make our own shrimp pil-pil at home.

Turns out, this was ridiculously easy. We picked up one pound of spot prawns from Otolith Sustainable Seafood at the Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market and some fresh bread from Metropolitan Bakery.

I followed this recipe from Rachael Ray, but doubled the garlic (of course), and added a little cayenne pepper to the mix.

We peeled and deveined the shrimp, then seasoned them in salt and set them aside.  Next we heated up 1/2 cup olive oil, then tossed in 4 cloves worth of minced garlic, 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, and a few dashes of cayenne pepper. We let that mixture cook for about 30 seconds, then added the shrimp and cooked until done, which was about 2 minutes. We transferred the whole mixture, including the oil, to a serving bowl and garnished with fresh parsley.

While Dmitri’s version is served dry, rather than in oil, we really enjoyed mopping up the garlic-chili-pepper oil with our fresh bread. This is definitely something we’ll make again. The leftover chili oil was so tasty, we used it the next morning to (what else) fry our eggs with some spinach and prosciutto!

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