If you ask me which is the easiest meat to cook, I’d say shrimp! It requires no more than five minutes to cook (and you can easily tell when they are cooked as they turn pink-ish).
Here is a recipe I guarantee would bring the ease of cooking shrimp up to another level. It’s a very simple recipe with very strong Asian flavours. The main ingredients are quite simple and they give you plenty of options when it comes to using them to fit in with the occasion/ meal. The butter & miso shrimp taste wonderful whether they are grilled on a bbq or simply cooked and topped on a warm bowl of rice!
This recipe is a bit of an experiment because of the large bag of miso paste I had lying in the kitchen. Miso paste is an essential ingredient often used little by little but it’s really difficult to find compact packs in nearby supermarkets. Hence, I often use miso for marinating fish and today’s experiment led to this wonderfully – flavoured recipe.
All that you need are the everyday,basic Japanese ingredients, and if you are already stocked up, you are ready to make this right away. Follow me….
• 5-6 pcs of shrimp
• 2 tbsp butter
• 2 tbsp miso paste
• ½ tbsp grated ginger
• 1 tbsp mirin
• ½ tsp soya sauce
• scallions (for garnish)
• lime (optional)
1. Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl for 1 minute. (If required melt for another 1 minute, with a break in between).
2. In a mixing bowl, whisk the melted butter, miso paste, ginger, mirin & soya sauce until all have blended well.
3. Add in the shrimp. Marinade & coat all pieces with the paste prepared. Cover and refrigerate for about 20minutes.
4. On a heated grill pan, place the pieces of shrimp on the pan along with all the paste from the bowl.
5. On medium high, grill for about 2 minutes on each side or until they turn pink. (The sauce would have also caramelized at this stage)
6. Squeeze some lime over the shrimp and serve on top of a warm bowl of rice. Pair with miso soup for a touch of a set Japanese meal.