We are having some friends over for brunch and I wanted something delicious and easy. Shrimp is healthy & it’s quick to make so I am making shrimp & rice brunch.
You can buy your shrimp already cooked and just mix in with the rice or just cook it yourself, it’s your choice.
For the shrimp & rice we need the following:
2 lbs of shrimp (cleaned)
2 cups of rice (I like uncle Bens)
4 cups of water
1 bunch of cilantro, chopped & divided
7 cloves of garlic , diced & divided
1 bunch of scallions, chopped & divided
1 red bell pepper ( sliced)
1 tsp of turmeric
1 box of frozen peas
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/4 cup of olive oil
3 tbs of unsalted butter
Juice of 1-2 lemons
Heat a medium size pot and add in olive oil, half the garlic, half the scallions and half the cilantro. Saute’ for few minutes. Add in the rice, mix well, add the salt, the black pepper and turmeric and the water, bring to a boil , cover and cook on low heat for 15 to 20 minutes until the rice is cooked.
Meanwhile, in a saute’ pan, add in the butter with a little olive oil and the rest of the garlic, the scallions and the cilantro and cook for a few minutes. Add in the shrimp and cook until it turns pink, (if using already cooked shrimp, just add it in when you turn off the heat). Add in the lemon juice.
Saute’ the sliced red pepper in a little butter and oil for a few minutes, try not to over cook it so it adds a little crunch. Add the shrimp to the cooked rice along with the frozen peas and the red pepper.
Mix the shrimp with the rice well. Plate and serve.
Chef’s note: I had some snow peas that I added to the shrimp & rice, but you don’t have to. Also, please serve the shrimp and rice with Frank’s hot sauce or Tabasco for a little kick.