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white bowl of shrimp in whiskey sauce.

Shrimp in whiskey sauce (whiskey shrimp) is a surprisingly quick and delicious dish to prepare. It's the perfect tapa or appetizer for any meal, and it's one of the tastiest ways I can think of to serve prawns.

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introduction

One of the most common tapas served in Seville is whiskey sirloin (pork loin in whiskey sauce). Greasy, garlicky and delicious, I was hooked from the first bite. Oddly enough, this delicious sauce hasn't made it all the way to Madrid, and while I'm sure someone in the city serves it, I haven't seen it in any local tapas bars yet.

Today I would like to share a variation of this dish, prawns in whiskey sauce. It's a little less garlicky than the original, but It goes very well with jumbo prawns or tiger prawns. Enjoy!

ingredients

bowls of ingredients for shrimp in whiskey sauce.bowls of ingredients for prawns in whiskey sauce.

If you're in a hurry but still want to prepare a special dish, then prawns in whiskey sauce are perfect for you! It requires only 8 simple ingredients and very little prep work. Let's discuss the key ingredients in this recipe

  • Shrimp: In Spain, it is typical to buy and cook whole prawns, with the heads attached, and let the guests peel them themselves. This gives the dish a fantastic flavour! (If you prefer, you can use peeled and veinless prawns.)
  • Olive oil: Like many Spanish recipes, the backbone of this dish is a high-quality Spanish olive oil. Choose an extra virgin olive oil that you like and it will make the sauce extra healthy and delicious.
  • Whiskey: This makes the sauce really amazing! I recommend using an unpeated whiskey for a more delicate flavor.
  • Lemon juice: This is the perfect accompaniment to any fish, especially when it's freshly squeezed. Grab 2 fresh lemons and you'll be ready to make this amazing sauce!

See the recipe card for complete information on ingredients and quantities.

How to prepare prawns in whiskey sauce

If you would like to see full ingredients and instructions, scroll to the end of the post for the printable recipe card.

cook the prawns in a sauce and remove them.cook the prawns in a sauce and remove them.
  1. Then heat the olive oil in a pan Add the prawns and cook them for about 40 seconds per side. Make sure they are evenly coated with oil. (image 1)
  2. Add the chopped garlic and brown briefly, then remove the prawns from the pan and set them aside. (image 2)
adding the whiskey and lemon juice to the sauce.adding the whiskey and lemon juice to the sauce.
  1. Add the whiskey in the pan, then bring it to the boil and reduce by a third. (image 3)
  2. Add the lemon juice and let simmer for another couple of minutes. (image 4)
cook the shrimp in the sauce and add butter and parsley.cook the prawns in the sauce and add butter and parsley.
  1. Put the shrimp back into the pan and cover with the sauce. (image 5)
  2. Add the butter and parsley and season with salt to taste. (image 6)
serve the prawns with the whiskey sauce.serve the prawns with the whiskey sauce.
  1. Serve the shrimp wwith whiskey sauce drizzled on top. (image 7)
  2. Enjoy right away! (image 8)

Frequently Asked Questions About Recipes

Do shrimp pair well with whiskey?

Yes, it does! Most of the alcohol in the whiskey is cooked off when you make the sauce, but some of the flavors remain. The flavor notes of a good whiskey complement the shrimp beautifully!

What is whiskey sauce made of?

This Spanish whiskey sauce is made from olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, butter and parsley and is absolutely delicious! This whiskey sauce tastes amazing on shrimp, but is also great on other proteins like chicken, swordfish, or rabbit.

Expert advice

  • In Spain, It is typical to buy whole prawns (with the heads attached), and do not develop or peel them before preparing. This will give the sauce a richer flavor, but you must be sure that they are fresh. If you prefer, you can also buy them already shelled and shelled.
  • Be careful not to overcook the shrimp, or they may become hard and rubbery. The shrimp are cooked when they are opaque and have turned pink.
  • Another great thing about this recipe is that The sauce can be used for other proteins such as swordfish, chicken and rabbit.

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white bowl of prawns in whiskey sauce.white bowl of shrimp in whiskey sauce.

Prawns in Whisky Sauce (Langostinos al Whisky)

Prawns in whiskey sauce are a simple and impressive dish that you can serve with almost anything! Top it with other tapas to create a mouth-watering Spanish feast.

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Course: Principal

Kitchen: Spanish

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Portions: 4 portions

Calories: 477.72kcal

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil in a large, wide skillet over high heat. When the oil is almost but not quite smoking, add the prawns and cook them for about 40 seconds per side, moving them to coat them with oil. Be careful not to crowd the pan.

  • Add the garlic and quickly brown everything, then remove the prawns with a slotted spoon and set them aside on a plate.

  • Pour the whiskey into the pan and reduce the heat. Simmer until the sauce has reduced by about a third. Add the lemon juice and simmer for a few more minutes.

  • Add the shrimp and coat with the sauce, then add the butter and parsley. Cook until the butter has melted and stir gently to combine.

  • Season with salt to taste and serve immediately. Enjoy!

Notes

  • In Spain, it is typical to buy whole prawns (with the head attached) and not shell or shell them before preparing them. This will give the sauce a richer flavor, but you need to make sure they are fresh. You can also choose to buy them pre-shelled and unshelled if you prefer.
  • Be careful not to overcook the shrimp, or they may become tough and rubbery. The shrimp are done when they are opaque and pink.
  • Another great thing about this recipe is that the sauce can also be used for other proteins, such as swordfish, chicken and rabbit.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 477.72kilocalorie | Carbohydrates: 2G | Protein: 0.49G | Fat: 36.58G | Saturated fats: 4.45pmG | Polyunsaturated fats: 2.29G | Monounsaturated fat: 15.83G | Trans Fats: 0.93G | Cholesterol: 61.01mg | Sodium: 14.73mg | Potassium: 43.35mg | Fiber: 0.16G | Sugar: 0.5G | Vitamin A: 878.69IU | C vitamin: 9.27mg | Soccer: 14.7mg | Iron: 0.27mg

Photo by Giulia Verdinelli


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