Aarti's Friday Shrimp - WOW!

Aarti's Friday Shrimp

So we're watching Next Food Network Star Sunday night and my favorite contestant, the one I've been rooting for since Episode 1 of this season - Aarti Sequeria - throws down some amazing looking garlic-stuffed turmeric-rubbed shrimp. The Iron Chef judges give glowing reviews with Chef Michael Symon saying something like "it's the best food he's had in the 3 seasons he's been participating". Wow. My husband and I turn to each other  and immediately decide this shrimp will be on the menu this week.

I know I previously wrote that the Lemongrass, Chile and Coconut Milk Shrimp (see my posting from July 31, 2010) was the best shrimp I'd ever had but Aarti's shrimp has moved to the top of my list as the best shrimp I've ever had. Hands down. No contest. Big on garlic and beautifully enveloped in a golden turmeric glow, this succulent shrimp is going to be a regular at our house.

I followed Aarti's recipe for the shrimp almost exactly, except for the fennel which I forgot to buy. Here's what I did:

Serves 2-3 as entree, or 7 as appetizer

Oven 375 degrees F

1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
14 large Mexican shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 1/2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
10 large cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, minced

In large bowl mix turmeric, salt and coriander. Cut slit down back of shrimp without cutting all the way through. Add shrimp to mixture and toss to coat. Add 1 teaspoon olive oil and toss again. Set aside.

In another bowl mix garlic, cilantro and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil. Stuff each shrimp with garlic cilantro mixture. Place stuffed shrimp, evenly spaced apart, on parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for 10-15 minutes until cooked through.

Aarti's Friday Shrimp with Multi-grain Rice


  1. oOOO! I went online looking for Aarti's recipes from this past episode and found your comment with blog link. LOVE your pictures and rave reviews! I seriously can't wait to make this either. Darn camping trip this weekend, or I'd be making it this week, too!


  2. Lol Lisa! It was sooo yummy! I seriously cannot wait to make it again!

  3. Wow...you are right....these just look amazing, I can only imagine how they taste!

  4. Thanks Kristie! You should totally make them!

  5. Thank you soo much for your blog. I had said after watching that episode I was going to make them, but I wanted sum1 else to try it first. I unfortunately have to see raves reviews b4 I try nething new. But I will be making the dish this evening and will return for follow-up. Thx Enchanted Cook. :)

  6. Thanks Anonymous! I can't wait to hear what you think. Hopefully you love garlic :) Thanks so much for the post!

  7. I'm so happy Aarti won!! I love her cooking and can't wait to see her show. I am going to try these shrimp next week. So glad you tried them and love them too! I'm also SO happy I've found your blog. Looking forward to trying some yummy recipes.


  8. Hi Amy - ME, TOO! I've loved the way her food sounded and looked from the beginning episode. This was the first thing of hers I've tried, although I have many more I'm planning to try. It's soooo yummy and garlicky! Thanks for the comment and you'll have to let me know what you think of the shrimp!

  9. Looks great!! We have to try it.

    Aarti inspired a recipe we did tonight but we totally revamped it..

  10. Hi Mr. and Mrs. P! Which recipe did you make/revamp? I'm looking forward to Aarti's new show which starts this Sunday!

  11. I've been wanting to try Aarti's shrimp since I saw her make it on NFNS but now I absolutely have to after seeing the picture you took of how yours came out. Talk about mouth watering!

    Love your blog!

  12. Those shrimp look amazing!!! you're a great photographer! Can't wait to make them...

  13. I just stumbled upon your site and i'm - no pun intended - enchanted! you eat some pretty cool things and I can't wait to try it! if it weren't for your site, i wouldn't also have discovered who aarti was. =)