What is it about shrimp that's so delectable? Could it be their pretty pink color? Succulent plumpness? Extreme versatility? Fast cook time? Whatever it is, they are a crowd-pleasing item that's a regular on my dinner party menus. For a recent shindig, I served these spicy, finger-licking-good, Moroccan-inspired shrimp. It's a quick and easy recipe that results in a delicious appetizer. Measure and prepare the spices hours before the meal, and cook just before serving. Ready to learn the technique? Read on.

Moroccan Spicy Shrimp

Moroccan Spicy Shrimp

Ingredients

1 lb large, peeled deveined shrimp
3 finely chopped garlic cloves
4 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon ground coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon cayenne (less if you want it milder)
Salt
Juice of a lemon

Directions

  1. Salt the shrimp well and set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic. Turn the heat down to medium and saute the garlic for 1-3 minutes — don't let it burn.
  3. Add all the ground spices and stir well to combine. Cook this, stirring often, for 2 minutes.
  4. Turn the heat up to high and add the shrimp. Stir to combine and cook, stirring constantly, until the shrimp turn pink. This shouldn't take more than 4-5 minutes.
  5. Turn off the heat, add the lemon juice and toss to combine. Serve at once.

Serves 4-6.