Salt-and-Pepper Shrimp

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Salt-and-Pepper ShrimpFor this divinely simple dish, you need to use the very best of everything, so be sure to seek out top-quality shrimp. For a big party, serve the shrimp on a board or large platter lined with parchment or waxed paper.


Salt-and-Pepper Shrimp


1 tsp. mixed pink and black Sichuan peppercorns

2 lb. shrimp in the shell

Sea salt

2 Tbs. vegetable oil

4 garlic cloves, minced

Lemon wedges for serving


Using a mortar and pestle, finely crush the peppercorns.


In a bowl, combine the shrimp, half of the peppercorns and 1 tsp. salt and toss together. Set aside.


Heat a wok over high heat and add the oil. Add garlic, the remaining peppercorns and 1 tsp. salt and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add shrimp and cook until opaque throughout, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve at once with lemon wedges. Place a small bowl or dish on the side for discarded shells. Serves 6 to 8.


Recipe adapted from Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends: Fresh Ways to Entertain with Style, by Alison Attenborough and Jamie Kimm

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