Posted by: Catherine | April 3, 2009

Spicy Sherry Shrimp (RR*, The First Unconfidential Cooks’ Dinner)


* Reader Recipe

I had met Kenwyn once at Kim’s election-night party (suffice it to say, we were all celebrating!), and was thrilled that Kim invited her to The First Unconfidential Cooks’ Dinner. I liked her immediately because, at Kim’s, we both went back for seconds, something women in Los Angeles do not do, at least not in front of anyone else. (Bruce is convinced most people are just Secret Eaters.) Turns out, she’s a transplanted Easterner, too, and went to a small college in Massachusetts close to mine. Kenwyn has five (that’s not a typo!) children at Emma’s school, but none in her class so I’m grateful to Kim and recipe-sharing for bringing us together. Her recipe for shrimp is simple, and the combination of red pepper flakes and sherry works beautifully.

1 to 2 T olive oil
6 to 8 cloves garlic, sliced into thin strips
1/2 t. red pepper flakes, or to taste
1 1/2 lbs. shrimp, cleaned and deveined, tails on
1 1/2 cups dry sherry

Heat the olive oil and add the garlic and red pepper. Cook until fragrant, but not brown, about 2 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until nearly done, a couple of minutes. Add sherry and cook until shrimp are fully cooked, another minute or two, and the sherry sauce is hot and has reduced slightly. Serve with crusty French or Italian bread.



  1. These look delicious, I love that it’s such a simple recipe. Sometimes the simplest recipes end up being the best tasting!

  2. Sherry sounds wonderful with shrimp, always add so much flavor! Great recipe!

  3. Nice! I’m game with antying to do with shrimp. Love the sherry. AQnd I wait for the “shrimp truck” to come here from Galveston – fresh never frozen – a treat in MN!

  4. I love spicy shrimp dishes…sounds delish.

  5. normally shrimp doesn’t excite me, but the simple act of tossing in some red pepper flakes and sherry is apparently all it takes. 🙂

  6. MMMMM…these look delicious!! yum yum yum!!

  7. yum! this looks like a quick-and-easy dish. I always have sherry on hand. must try this soon!

  8. That shrimp looks so good!

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