Chef John's Deviled Shrimp Ragu

admin 24/04/20 Recipes


4 servings

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1/2 pound: raw shrimp, peeled and deveined - shells reserved

1: bay leaf

1 pinch: smoked paprika

1 cup: water

1/2: lemon, juiced

1/4 cup: ketchup

1 tablespoon: brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon: ground dried chipotle pepper

1/2 teaspoon: smoked paprika

1 clove: garlic, minced

: salt to taste

1 pinch: cayenne pepper, or to taste

1 1/2 tablespoons: vegetable oil

1 tablespoon: cold unsalted butter

1 tablespoon: minced fresh chives


Place shrimp shells into a saucepan with bay leaf and 1 pinch of smoked paprika over medium-low heat; cook and stir shells until they turn pink, about 5 minutes. Pour in water, bring to a simmer, reduce heat to low, and simmer shrimp stock for 20 to 25 minutes.

Mix lemon juice, ketchup, brown sugar, ground chipotle pepper, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, garlic, 1 pinch of salt, and cayenne pepper in a bowl.

Strain shrimp stock into a bowl; discard shells and bay leaf. Whisk shrimp stock into ketchup mixture and set aside.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat until small wisps of smoke rise from the skillet. Cook shrimp in the hot oil until bottom sides of shrimp are seared and browned, about 3 minutes. Stir in shrimp stock mixture and cook until shrimp are opaque, about 3 minutes. Transfer shrimp to a bowl using a slotted spoon, leaving sauce in skillet.

Bring sauce to a boil and cook until sauce has reduced and thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in cold butter, turn off heat, and let residual heat of pan melt butter. Stir until butter has incorporated into sauce and sauce is slightly thickened.

Stir shrimp into sauce and toss with chives. Serve shrimp with sauce.


Calories: 146 kcal

Carbohydrates: 8.2 g

Cholesterol: 94 mg

Fat: 8.6 g

Fiber: 0.2 g

Protein: 9.7 g

Sodium: 367 mg

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