• Spicy Shrimp Moroccan Style

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    Spicy Shrimp Moroccan Style
    Prep: 20 min Cook: 20 min Servings: 4
    by John Spottiswood
    300 recipes
    These prawns are absolutely fantastic. Every time I make them I marvel at the density and depth of the flavors. I typically leave the Cayenne pepper out of about half of them if I'm cooking for the whole family. I often serve these in combination with a Moroccan chicken, fish, or lamb dish, but they work fine on their own too.


    • 2 pounds uncooked shrimp, shelled and tails removed (large or jumbo best, but medium works too)
    • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
    • 1/4 cup olive oil
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 1.5 tsp cumin
    • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
    • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
    • Kosher or Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste (shrimp needs salt, so be generous)
    • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
    • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro


    1. Fry the garlic in olive oil over medium until it turns light gold. Add the spices, salt and pepper, and mix well with spatula.
    2. Add the shrimp and fry them over medium for 8-10 minutes, stirring constantly (12-15 minutes for Jumbo shrimp). Add the chopped herbs and cook for another 2 minutes.
    3. Serve hot on a bed of rice or of mixed green salad leaves.

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    • Nancy Miyasaki
      Nancy Miyasaki
      This is a great and super simple recipe. If you don't have a standard fall back recipe for shrimp, this will probably be it!
      • Mary Joseph
        Mary Joseph
        This was delicious. I made it with rice cooked in garlic and chicken broth. The leftovers were even better. The shrimp sitting on the rice all night with the juices soaking into the rice made for a very satisfying lunch!
        • Rick Campbell
          Rick Campbell
          I love shrimp, I love garlic, I love spicy food. This has it all! Great recipe. Even a novice like me couldn't screw it up. I served it over rice, with a Gewurztraminer from Alsace. Thanks, John.
          • Kimberly Saward
            Kimberly Saward
            We seem to make this over and over again, using any shrimp available, of any size. Always good!
            • Anne Kruse
              Anne Kruse
              This was outstanding! I served it with Cumin Rice... excellent.
              • John Spottiswood
                John Spottiswood
                Glad you enjoyed it Anne. Thanks for the positive feedback!
              • Daniel Handley
                Daniel Handley
                awesome recipe! - simple delish and if anyone is gonna try it, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE dont use frozen seafood, you lose so much flavor with frozen rubbish.


                • ShaleeDP
                  Spicy shrimp is very much liked by my family. i have my own recipe posted quite the same as this. Both are just awesome!
                  • Paige Scroggins-Haley
                    I will try this very very soon!
                    • Denise Fletcher
                      Denise Fletcher
                      Hi John

                      I love shrimp and this looks like something I could really enjoy. The combination
                      of spices and flavourings is brilliant!
                      • Kimi
                        This looks really good, John. I'll try it sometime this week.
                        • Sean O'Halloran
                          Sean O'Halloran
                          Looks great!
                          i used to live in seattle so i love seafood!
                          cant wait to try it!

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