Argentine Red Shrimp (Dairy Free and Reflux Friendly)
If you’re looking for a delicious seafood dish that will transport you straight to the shores of Argentina, look no further than this recipe for Argentine red shrimp! These juicy and succulent shrimp are bursting with flavor and will have your taste buds dancing the tango in no time.
Argentine red shrimp are known for their jumbo size, sweet flavor, tender texture, and vibrant color, even before cooking (normal shrimp only turn pink/red once heated). In this dish, we quickly sauté them in a small amount of plant-based butter, to keep things dairy-free, and ground coriander for an earthy spice reminiscent of Old Bay seasoning, without the paprika and pepper in Old Bay that may not be suitable for those eating a low-acid diet.
Plenty of fresh cilantro and dill are added for a vibrant herbaceous flavor that won’t leave you missing lemon or garlic that you’d find in most shrimp recipes. It’s an elevated weeknight entrée for two that you can cook up in minutes!
How To Prepare Argentine Red Shrimp
To start, you add plant-based butter, red shrimp, ground coriander, and salt to a skillet and pour in just enough water to shallow-steam the shrimp. This is a great technique that allows you to use less butter without the worry of burning. The water will steam the shrimp in the first few minutes as it evaporates, then once the water is gone you can lightly brown the shrimp in the last minute of cooking.
The shrimp will cook fast and only needs 4–5 minutes in the pan. Sauté just until they are springy to the touch and opaque throughout. Another good way to tell if the shrimp are done is if any in the pan begin to curl up into a tighter coil shape. If you notice that happening, you should remove from the heat immediately.
Just before removing the shrimp from the heat, stir in plenty of chopped fresh cilantro and dill, cooking just long enough to wilt the herbs. This combination of herbs is not used often but is actually quite complementary, especially when combined with ground coriander (the seed of cilantro).
Where Can I Find Argentine Red Shrimp?
Argentine red shrimp can be found in any grocery store that has a fresh seafood department, however they are more seasonal than other types of shrimp and may only be available at select times.
What Can I Substitute for Argentine Red Shrimp?
Any variety of extra-large or jumbo shrimp can be used in place of Argentine red shrimp and will cook in the same amount of time. Pink shrimp are the closest in looks, flavor, and texture and are often available year round in the frozen seafood section, but should be thawed before cooking.
Should I Cook Shrimp with the Shell On?
Argentine red shrimp are often sold with the shell on and can be cooked as is, to remove the shells as you eat. Cooking in the shells will give the shrimp a more robust flavor. However, if you prefer, you can buy any jumbo shrimp that comes peeled and de-veined to prepare this recipe.
Make a 5-Minute Meal
Thin asparagus, thinly-sliced squash, or thinly-sliced zucchini can be added to the skillet right alongside the shrimp for vegetables that will cook in the same 4–5 minutes as the seafood. To finish a complete meal, a pouch of precooked rice can be heated up as the shrimp and vegetables cook. You can’t beat that!