Monday, June 14, 2010

Shrimp and Corn with Fresh Basil



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...I hope there are no secret rules or pledges associated with Meatless Monday. I'm going to proceed on the assumption that fish and shellfish are fair game for use by those participating in the challenge. I'll be working with shellfish today. I live in an area where frozen Alaskan shrimp are cheap and plentiful. While they're not suitable for all applications, the shrimp are perfect for budget family meals. Today's recipe takes all-American ingredients and uses a simple Asian stir-fry technique to make a wonderful family meal. This is a five ingredient recipe that actually works. Bob is always dubious about these really easy meals. I made this for his lunch today and got a high five for my efforts. While I used thawed, frozen corn to make the dish, it will be even better when fresh local corn can be used. I've adapted this recipe from one that appeared in Gourmet magazine a decade ago. I think those of you who try this, will love it. Here's the recipe that garnered me a "...this is really good!" Bon appétit.

Shrimp and Corn with Fresh Basil
...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, adapted for Gourmet Magazine

Ingredients:
1/4 cup unsalted butter
3 cups sweet corn, thawed if frozen
1 pound shelled large shrimp
1 bunch green onions (white and tender green), chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil, thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over moderately high heat, then sauté or stir-fry corn and shrimp, stirring, until shrimp are cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in scallions and basil and season with salt and pepper. Yield: 4 servings.

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This post is being linked to:
Meatless Monday at My Sweet and Savory

60 comments:

PeggyR said...

Gosh Mary that sounds great! I'm going to have to buy some shrimp and corn...lol! So you think my plant is ginger? It has been buried for so long and I don't remember what I put in...lol! Hope you had a great weekend.

Angie's Recipes said...

Mary, the combination of prawn and sweet corns is super! In Chinese kitchen, there's a similar dish with some extra sweet peppers in it.
I love the fresh basil in your dish too.

Jessica said...

This looks soo good! I just bookmarked it! Yum!

Little Inbox said...

It looks very refreshing! Nice combination.

penny aka jeroxie said...

yum yum yum!! I can have this and not miss meat :)

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Hi Mary :-))
questo piatto è molto semplice... ma molto buono !!!
Buona giornata.

sweetlife said...

love the flavors of your dish, I have some shrimp in the freezer, I think my girls would really enjoy this..

sweetlife

Priya said...

Thats a beautiful combo, yummy dish.

Debinhawaii said...

Looks like a great use for corn and a wonderful combination of flavors too. ;-)

MaryMoh said...

Love the combination....beautiful, light and delicious. I don't mind to eat that everyday...mmmm :D

Red Nomad OZ said...

Hi Mary! HHHMMMmmm... at risk of sounding pedantic, are shrimp really exempt?? No matter! As corn is my favourite vegetable, I'll forgive anything! BUT ... will have to try it when I get home from my travels!

zurin said...

I love corn and I love shrimps and I love colour! a perfect dish for me from all angles. Perfect.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

That sounds fantastic. We will have fresh corn in a couple of months so I will wait until then to try this recipe. Diane

Allie and Pattie said...

I had to laugh- I spent the weekend trying to decide if scallops were fair game! LOL This looks wonderful
xoxo Pattie

Foodessa said...

We need moments out of our kitchen too...hence the easy to prepare meal like this one.
Never put corn with prawns...something new to try ;o)
Flavourful wishes, Claudia

Cherine said...

A delicious refreshing salad!

Sandi said...

that looks great and easy too!!

The Blonde Duck said...

I wonder why fish never count as meat.

Pam said...

I love the combination of shrimp and corn, they are both so sweet and play off of each other wonderfully! Great recipe!

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

You always take what seem to be the simplest dishes and make them sparkle. The recipe looks so simple and MARVELOUS. I love the photo and the colours.

Salsa Verde said...

Hi Mary,
Amazing!! I loved your suggestion. Simple but delicious!
Love,
Lia.

Nisrine@Dinners&Dreams said...

My daughter would love this-she adores corn and shrimp.

bellini valli said...

The purpose of Meatless Mondays is to get us thinking about what we are eating and it's impact on the planet. You have thought about it and made a delicious dish....well done.

Julie said...

Mary - This looks so good! I can't wait until it's fresh corn season here! Won't be long! My basil should be ready about that time! Can't wait to make this one.

Ana Powell said...

Lovely flavours and awesome colurs.
So perfect ♥

Chef E said...

You know I think I am making that tonight. I have been wanting some good buttery corn!

Pam said...

Mary, it looks delicious! I have some shrimp in the freezer and now I know what to do with it. It sounds great with the corn. Thanks and have a good day!

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

this dish look simple and refreshing !

Maria said...

Fresh basil is one of my favorite things about summer.

12th Man Training Table said...

Looks great. For folks on a budget, I'm thinking you could modify this into a fried rice dish and make it go 2-3 times as far. (Remember the NPR "how low can you go?" challenge? Look that up and mix the fried rice with this and you could feed an army for just a few bucks.)

Monet said...

Mary, this looks great. I love shrimp and with corn coming into season, this would make a great summer meal. Thank you for another great recipe!

Joe Ambrosino said...

Shrimp and corn. That sounds great to me, Mary. I would combine this in one of my rice salads and it would be perfect.

Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul said...

Love all the ingredients...

Carmen

Cooking with Kait said...

Happy meatless Monday. The shrimp looks perfectly cooked. Great use of stir fry technique and fresh basil!

Nina Timm said...

I am so glad you found me and thus leading me to your delightful site. I like the crisp, sharpness and clean layout. The food and photography is outstanding!

Jennifurla said...

Looks great, thank you for checking out my blog. I also look forwarding to reading yours, so far the recipes seems divine and doable. I good combination.

Pam said...

I love that there are only 5 ingredients in this dish. It looks tasty Mary.

Kim said...

I love the flavor combination of corn with fresh basil. It's a magical combination.

Federica said...

facile, veloce buonissimo!!ciao!

Rue said...

Easy doesn't have to mean boring or bland. I have a few easy dishes I whip up in a pinch. Not surprisingly, I put fresh herbs in all of them, which gives them a bit of posh.

This sounds really good - all ingredients I love!

Lucie said...

This sounds so great! I'm on a shrimp kick right now and will be suggesting this to my parents for dinner tonight! Thanks, Mary!

Juliana said...

Oh Mary, lovely shrimp dish...love the idea of the corn with it...not only looks pretty, must taste delicious :-) Have a great week ahead!

The Words Crafter said...

My sister in law and my director LIVE for shrimp!!! I'm going to send this to them right away-thanks for posting it! Have a great Tuesday!

Bridgett said...

I love the freshness of this whole dish. It just screams: Summer! I would love to try this recipe.

RamblingTart said...

Oh, what an interesting dish, Mary! I've never had anything like it, but it sounds perfectly marvelous. :-)

Jeannie said...

I am so drooling over the shrimps and corns! both my favorite! I have a basil plant growing in a pot, now I can use it to make this dish! Thanks for sharing, Mary Cheers!

SSI said...

I am glad you found my blog, so that I could find your blog. (sounds like a song for the 21st century) I will be coming back on a regular basis. Thanks for sharing!

A SPICY PERSPECTIVE said...

What a wonderful summer combination!

Jen_from_NJ said...

I will make this as soon as we have local corn - looks delicious! Oh, and my basil is growing well - perfect summer meal!

Bella said...

This looks really, really good! And easy. I have a basil plant that is really going to town, so I'm looking for new recipes to take advantage of it. Thanks for sharing.

Sharon said...

These looks so delicious. We love shrimp over here as you saw over on my blog, and corn is another favorite, we actually just had a corn and black bean salad for dinner tonight. I guess I participated in Meatless Monday without realizing. I agree can't wait until the corn is a plenty!!

Devaki said...

The combination of prawns with corn and basil is stellar. No one can resist such a refreshing meal.

Certainly not me!

Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

Sweet and Savory said...

The name of your blog reflects your recipes. One recipe is better than the next.

I can't eat shell fish and I am wondering, if I took salmon and chunked it, if I could imitate this recipe. It sounds delicious.

Thanks for linking this to My Meatless Mondays. Enjoy your fish on Meatless Monday.

The concept behind Meatless Monday, as I understand it, is to give up one day and not eat meat. For some, another day would work better. We rarely have meat so it was easy for me.

PranisKitchen said...

mary what an innovative idea.liked the combination shrimp corn and basil
really easy and delicious one m,ary

tatabonita said...

I'm a big fan of shrimp, and this one you post looks totally delightful! Shrimp + corn + fresh basil = perfect combination :D

FoodTherapy4Me said...

What beautiful colors! You really have the most amazing images. This dish sounds perfect and a must try!!

Sarah @ Mum In Bloom said...

You so inspired me yesterday that I made an Herbed Shrimp Skillet and served it with Lemon Parsley Potatoes. I didn't have all the ingredients on hand to make your recipe but I was determined to find something similar as yours looked so good. Thank you!

http://muminbloom.blogspot.com/2010/06/recipe-herbed-shrimp-skillet-with-lemon.html

Jamie said...

This is a fabulous dish! Perfect for summer and I simply love the flavors and the simplicity. Scrumptious!

My Little Space said...

My goodness, isn't this look fantastic! Love the colour combo... so refreshing! And the natural sweetness of the corn plus the shrimps. Gosh, just perfector! Hope you're having a wonderful day!
Blessings, Kristy

Magdalena said...

Another good salad; the combination of corn and shrimps is good; however, I am in Poland now and shrimps are not so cheap and easy to find; so for sure I will not do this while I am in Krakow. I will keep in my mind this idea for Paris :)

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