Summer is nearly over and I am stubbornly and sadly hanging on. There have not been enough clear blue skies from dawn to dusk for me to accept that it’s Labor Day weekend. With a heart still hoping for more summer I am giving you this recipe for Rosemary Orange Planked Shrimp.
If you haven’t, it’s time to try planking. Don’t be intimidated by the method or be skeptical it can make a difference with flavor. It’s easy and it does.
Rosemary, orange and cumin create distinctive flavor but not so much to overpower the natural sweet flavor of shrimp. The shrimp are only briefly marinated because the flesh of seafood is delicate and does not need much time to develop flavor. The plank imparts just the right amount of smoky wood fragrance.
For serving, set the grilled planks of cooked shrimp directly on a large platter to pluck the prawns right from it.
- 2 untreated cedar or alder planks (available in kitchen and grocery stores)
- 1-1/2 pounds medium or large size shrimp, peeled
- ⅓ cup olive oil or vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 2 tablespoons orange juice
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or ¾ teaspoon dried
- 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Soak planks submerged in water (you will need to weight them down to keep them submerged) for 1 to 2 hours; drain.
- Whisk together olive oil, butter, orange juice, rosemary, chili powder, orange zest, cumin, garlic, salt and cayenne pepper. Pour marinade over shrimp, turning to coat evenly. Marinate refrigerated 30-45 minutes.
- Preheat the grill to medium high heat.
- Have a spray water bottle near the grill just the plank catches fire or for flame flare ups.
- Remove shrimp from the marinade; discard marinade. Put planks on the grill and allow heating 3-4 minutes, then turn. Arrange marinated shrimp in a single layer on the plank. Cook until cooked halfway through, about 3 minutes; turn shrimp and cook just until cooked (prawns will be opaque all the way through), about 3-4 more minutes, spraying plank with water if it flares up during cooking.