Sicilian Shrimp with Hot Peppers and Lots of Garlic

There was a line in front of the fish case at the market today and everyone in front of me was buying the rock shrimp. As soon as I got up to the counter I saw why. They were firm, shimmering and as big as my palm – at only $6.99 a pound! Right then and there, I decided to make one of my favorite easy Italian dishes.

These shrimp go great with a glass of wine and a conversation. It’s a dish to be shared, because if everyone is eating it, you won’t have to worry about reeking of garlic… or you could just eat it all by yourself when no one else is around to the same effect. It’s fun either way.

Sicilian Shrimp with Hot Peppers and Lots of Garlic

  • 1 pound raw shrimp (shells removed)
  • 1 cup good white wine
  • 1-2 Serrano chilies sliced thin (or use your favorite kind of hot pepper)
  • 6-10 cloves garlic (about 4 Tablespoons sliced thin)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  1. Sauté the garlic, chilies and oregano in the olive oil over medium heat for one minute. Gently nestle in the shrimp. Pour in the wine and squeeze in the lemon. Cover. Wait 5 minutes. Take off the lid, add in the butter, cook two minutes longer and serve.

Cleaning the Shrimp

Shrimp simmering in wine along with hot peppers and garlic.