During the hot summer months, I’m constantly craving light and healthy meals that are full of flavor. Seafood is my go to protein during these days! Unfortunately, I tend to get into a rut of just using lemon or pesto and salt and pepper (yes, I do get lazy, at times). So, I’m always working on incorporation new ways of adding flavor and interest to my grilled seafood dishes. I just came home from the farmers market with some fresh oregano, garlic and Spring onions, so I decided, this would be the inspiration for a new marinade.
To my Vitamix, I added a handful of oregano, a whole Spring onion, a lot of lime juice, EVOO, smoked paprika and salt. I blended it for about 30 seconds or so, noticing the gorgeous orange color developing, before my eyes! This is going to be good:))
So, I decided to test out the marinade separately, on chicken thighs and on some large Mexican shrimp (shells removed and deveined). They both marinated, overnight.
We barbecued the chicken first. The chicken turned out super tender and moist (mostly due to my rockstar husband and his awesome BBQ skills)! Unfortunately, I was surprised that the chicken didn’t take on as much lime and herb flavor as I was hoping:(
So, I decided to give the shrimp a try. I threw them into a hot pan to make sure that they got nice and brown. 2-3 minutes on each side and they were done! And the flavor?! So yummy! All of the flavors soaked in perfectly. We had some leftover corn, so I decided to use it as a yummy accompaniment.
I carefully removed the corn from the cob and added some chimichurri infused butter (made with grass fed, salted butter) to the pan.
My kitchen smelled so good at this point. The sugars in the corn, mixed with the butter, to make sticky, tasty, charred bits. At the last minute, I decided to add in a handful of greens. I used mizuna, but any green will do. It’s an easy way to add more nutrients and gorgeous color to the meal;)
To plate the meal, I spooned the corn onto the plate and nestled the shrimp into it. A bit of sprinkled cotija cheese and paprika added the perfect amount of extra seasoning! I can’t wait to make this again!
- 1 pound of shrimp
- 1 cup EVOO
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 1 Tbs salt
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 cup fresh oregano
- 1 small Spring onion or shalllot
- 1 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1 clove of garlic
- 4 cooked corn cobs (optional)
- 2 TBS of salted butter (add a few spoonfuls of chimichurri sauce, if you have it made)
- 1 handful of greens
- 1/4 cotija cheese to garnish
- 2 sprinkles of paprika to garnish
- Place all ingredients (except shrimp) into Vitamix, blender or food processor. Blend well, until all ingredients are fully incorporated! Cover shrimp completely. Marinate overnight for the best results!