Not everything that you grill has to be beef! I love to grill seafood for a simple fresh meal. My mother used to cook “Camarones a la Mexicana” or for the English translation, “Mexican Shrimp”. Usually they were only made for special occasions, but I loved them! Plus since everything is better on the grill, I had make this recipe with a little twist; so this is my version of “Mexican Shrimp” on the Grill with a shot of mezcal.
Camarones a la Mexicana con Mezcal
Prep time: 15 minutes
Grilling Time: 6 minutes
Special equipment: Weber Original Gourmet BBQ System Griddle
1 lb Medium shrimp, peeled
1 tablespoon Unsalted butter
2 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
4 pieces Medium garlic cloves, finely sliced
½ piece Medium red onion, finely chopped
2 pieces Plum tomatoes
2 pieces Serrano peppers, finely sliced
1 dash Sea salt
1 dash Freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons Dry oregano
4 ounces Mezcal
Finely chopped cilantro leaves
Prepare your grill for direct high heat (450°-550°F) and preheat your Weber Original Gourmet BBQ System Griddle for 5 minutes.
Put the butter and the oil into the griddle. As soon as the butter melts, put the garlic and let it cook for 30 seconds to a minute. Then put the onion, stir gently 2 or 3 times and close the lid for another minute. After (in this order) put the tomato, the serrano pepper, then the shrimps, season with salt, pepper and the oregano. Grill this for 4 minutes and turn the shrimp 1 or 2 times. Next, carefully pour the mezcal over the shrimp and close the lid for 2 minutes.
Remove the griddle from the grill and garnish with the cilantro leaves. Serve immediately with some toast bread if you desire.