Spiced Shrimp and Potatoes with Sweet Corn Sauce

Topped with a kumquat-blood orange salad and served with red pepper citrus oil. See recipe below.

Caribbean food is not only colorful but so delicious!  The combination of flavors and textures in this dish is absolutely amazing—the sweetness of the creamy corn sauce, the heat of the seared shrimp, the scent of cardamom and cumin in the potatoes, the acidity and freshness of the kumquat-blood orange salad. Pair it with a spiced passion fruit cocktail and head straight to the islands!

Yield: 4 servings

INGREDIENTS   

Shrimp

  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp ground ancho chili
  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined (optional: brine shrimp – see below)

Potatoes

  • 4 large red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1” pieces
  • ½ cup onions, chopped
  • ½ tbsp red jalapeño, minced
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tbsp fresh lime juice

Corn Sauce

  •  ¼ cup shallots, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (from ~ 3 corns on the cob)
  • 4 cardamom seeds, whole
  • ¼ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup milk, room temperature

 Red Pepper-Citrus Oil (Optional)

  • ¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh blood orange juice
  • ½ tsp coarse kosher salt
  • ¼ cup grape seed oil

Salad

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced kumquat
  • 2 tbsp fresh blood orange pieces
  • 2 tbsp cilantro leaves, chopped (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 tbsp fresh blood orange juice

PREPARATION

Shrimp

Combine curry powder, cayenne pepper, and ancho chili in the bottom of a medium bowl; add salt and pepper to taste as well as 1 tbsp of olive oil and mix. Add shrimp to bowl and toss to coat. (For better results: cover with plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator for about 1 hour before cooking).

Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add shrimp; sauté until shrimp are almost opaque in center, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat and set aside.

Potatoes

Place potatoes and 1 tbsp of salt in a medium pot and cover with water by couple of inches. Bring to a boil, covered, then reduce heat and remove lid. Cook for 8-10 minutes, until potatoes are tender but still firm. Drain and allow cooling off. Cut potatoes in smaller pieces (about ½” cubes) and set aside.

Heat 2 tbsp of olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onions for 4-5 minutes, until translucent, then add ground cumin and stir. Add potatoes and sauté for couple of minutes. Add jalapeño, and season with salt and pepper to taste; sauté for 1 more minute. Transfer to a bowl, drizzle with lime juice and toss to coat. Cover and keep warm.

Corn Sauce

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan (1.5 qt); add salt and pepper to taste. Set over low heat for 10-12 minutes, until kernels are soft and cooked through; do not let it boil. Remove from heat and let it cool for at least 5 minutes.

Transfer to a food processor (or blender), mix on high, and drain using fine-mesh strainer; make sure to press with plastic or wooden spatula. Adjust seasoning. Set aside.

Red Pepper-Citrus Oil (Optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender on high. Drain using fine-mesh strainer and set aside.

Salad

Combine kumquat slices, blood orange, and cilantro in a small bowl. Drizzle blood orange juice and a little olive oil. Season with salt to taste.

PLATING

Serve potatoes in the middle of a deep dish and arrange shrimp on top, creating a crown. Serve sweet corn sauce around the potatoes, on the bottom of the plate, and add red pepper-garlic oil in drops on top of sauce and drizzle over shrimp. Garnish with kumquat-blood orange salad.   

TIPS

Brine your shrimp for better results. It will help infuse your shrimp with a ‘sea-like’ flavor and give you a great texture! Brine shrimp for 30 to 60 minutes in the refrigerator before marinading.

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