Sriracha and butter?!? Are there any other two words in the English language that are capable of conjuring up such feelings of pure bliss? Okay, I take that back. Maybe bacon and... well, pretty much anything. Or dark chocolate and just about anything. All right, so, there are a few other combinations that can instantly make your salivary glands go into overdrive, but sriracha and butter is definitely at the top of that list.
In our house, hot sauce is king. Hubs and I love it, and pretty much put it on everything. The classic bottle with the rooster on it has been a longstanding fixture on the shelves of our fridge, along with a bevvy of other taste bud tingling concoctions. Since going Paleo, though, we have phased out all products with preservatives. Which meant we had to find some healthier alternatives and at lightning speed. If there's one condiment we can't live without, it's hot sauce, in one delicious form or another.
My fermented chili sauce has pretty much replaced all of our Cholula's, Sambal's, and Tabasco's, but I still longed for that complex flavor that only Sriracha embodies. Then Nom Nom Paleo, in all of her infinite Paleo godliness shared her recipe for Paleo Sriracha, and all was right in my little world. Can you say sriracha mayo, anyone? Yes, please! Finally, a homemade, not to mention easy sauce, worthy enough to bear the name sriracha. Oh ya, sriracha buttered shrimp was about to go down.
Let's face it, real food takes time and preparation. A lot of time and prep. That's precisely why I love easy dishes with a few simple ingredients that I can whip together in no time. And more often than not, simplicity equates to downright deliciousness. Between dropping kids at school, running errands, carting them between their extracurricular activities, and trying to start a business, time is a precious commodity in these parts, one that I don't have nearly enough of.
Shrimp makes my life easier because they literally cook up in minutes. Plus, as an added bonus, this recipe only requires six ingredients. Six. Doesn't get much easier than that. Well, okay maybe one ingredient is easier. Or two. But honestly, six ingredients, most of which you have in your kitchen right now, is pretty darn good if you ask me. Not only are these shrimp quick and easy, they are absolutely scrumptious when cooked right and bathed in this awesomely sinful sauce.
I used wild Argentinan red shrimp from Trader Joe's for this dish, but any shrimp will do, just make sure it's wild. I'll spare you the long-winded lecture, but farmed raised shrimp are one of the dirtiest foods out there. Trust me, it is well worth the price to splurge on wild shrimp. What I especially like about these suckers from TJ's is their flavor is slightly reminiscent of lobster, and for about a quarter of the price! Ah yes, sriracha and butter slathered on lobster-esque shrimp makes for one happy mama. And as we all know...when mama's happy, everyone's happy.
Sriracha Buttered Shrimp
1 lb wild shrimp
4 Tbs grass fed butter
2-4 Tbs Paleo Sriracha, or store bought (depending how much heat you like)
4 cloves of garlic, minced
juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 Tbs parsley, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Whip butter and sriracha together and add to pan over medium heat.
Add garlic in and sauté for a minute.
Add shrimp, and cook 2-3 minutes per side until opaque.
Remove from heat, add lemon juice and sprinkle on parsley. Season with salt and pepper and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
Simple as that!
If you stop by Nom Nom Paleo and try her awesome sriracha sauce, please leave her a comment and let her know I sent you!