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Sichuan Peppercorn Shrimp

Sichuan Peppercorn Shrimp

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Sichuan Peppercorn Shrimp


  1. 1 1/2 teaspoons Sichuan peppercorns
    1 pound large shrimp—shelled, deveined and butterflied
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    3 scallions—2 coarsely chopped, 1 thinly sliced
    3 garlic cloves, minced
    3 jalapeños, seeded and thinly sliced
    1 dried pasilla or small ancho chile, seeded and very thinly sliced
    1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    Chile-sesame oil, for drizzling


  1. In a small skillet, toast the peppercorns over moderate heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds; let cool. Transfer the peppercorns to a mortar or spice grinder and grind to a powder. Put the shrimp in a bowl, toss with 1 teaspoon of the ground peppercorns and season with salt.
  2. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil. Add the shrimp and stir-fry over moderate heat until almost cooked through, 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in the skillet. Add the chopped scallions, garlic, jalapeños and chile and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the scallions and garlic are softened, 5 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of ground peppercorns and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  5. Add the shrimp and lime juice and stir until the shrimp are just cooked through, 1 minute. Season with salt and transfer to a bowl. Garnish with the sliced scallion, drizzle with the chile oil and serve.

Serves 4.

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