This Shrimp Escabeche is a twist on Dorie Greenspan’s sardine version. I had a feeling the picky crew would not touch a sardine anyway, so this Catalan method of sauteing then pickling in a hot aromatic oil was tested out on shrimp.
Much as I enjoy canned sardines, there was no chance that I’d procure the fresh version in Indianapolis. So I was delighted to see a substitution suggestion of shrimp escabeche instead of the sardine version in the side column of Around My French Table.
This I could do! (Dorista friends, can you imagine Bill’s reaction if I told him sardines were for dinner????). This was definitely a new technique for preparing seafood which totally piqued my interest. The shrimp were briefly sauteed in olive oil, then arranged in a gratin dish, layered with herbs and slivers of sun dried tomatoes.
Next onions, carrots, celery and garlic were softened in olive oil then seasoned with coriander seeds, red pepper flakes along with some tomato paste and vinegar before dousing the shrimp. A six hour or longer wait as the seafood marinated in the fridge was the most difficult part.
The hot oil finished cooking the shrimp but time was needed for the flavors to meld and infuse into the shrimp. No fair when you’re ready to dive right in! Patience was definitely needed.
Starter or Dinner?
These oil and vinegar poached shrimp were to be served with crusty bread and lemon wedges. I was happy to make this my dinner, though shrimp escabeche would be a fun starter for a dinner party.
With its roots in Spain, an escabeche was developed as a way to preserve meats and seafood. No need to preserve any leftovers here—both Bill and I enjoyed this escabeche. Though, I quote, “The shrimp was good, but not that other stuff.” OK, then.
The recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspan’s magnificent cookbook, Around My French Table. Or here on Google Books. She also has a similar recipe on her blog. If you’d like to see what the other “Doristas” thought of this dish, check out the LYL section for this recipe on the French Fridays website.