A Spicy Shrimp Recipe to Satisfy Your Craving for Mexican Food

Mexican food has become wildly popular around the globe and especially in the United States. When you think of Mexican food, your mind (probably directed by your taste buds) usually imagines spicy salsas, sizzling fajitas, and overstuffed burritos. An equally worthy, yet less celebrated part of Mexican food is the delicious seafood dishes. Mexico has over 6,000 miles of coastline, including the Gulf of Mexico, the Sea of Cortez, and the Pacific Ocean. Year round, Mexican families enjoy the delicious seafood produced from the vast surrounding waters.

Ixtapa Mexican Grill & CantinaMexico’s waters boast hundreds of freshwater fish species and thousands of ocean water species. With a great selection and ample fishing grounds, Mexican seafood is tasteful and diverse. The famed meatless meal traditions of Lent and the Holy Week give a helpful boost to the seafood industry in Mexico. During the 45 day period in March and April when meat is eliminated from the diet, seafood becomes an excellent choice to replace beef, chicken, and pork as the staple at any meal. Though the taco will always outshine the Pescado Veracruz (grilled tilapia) in the global perception of Mexican cuisine, Las delicias del mar or “the delights of the sea” will hold a special place in the hearts and dishes of authentic Mexican food lovers. Check out this Food Network recipe for chipotle cream shrimp.

Chipotle Cream Shrimp

Fresh and creamy, this spicy shrimp recipe will get your taste buds kickin’!

1 cup all-purpose flour
4 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
2 pounds large raw shrimp (13 to 15 per pound), peeled and deveined with tail on
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
White or brown rice, cooked according to package instructions, for serving
Put the flour in a shallow bowl. Add 3 tablespoons of the cilantro, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper and toss to combine. Add the shrimp and toss to coat.

Melt the butter in a large heavy saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and saute until golden brown and just cooked through, 5 minutes. Transfer the shrimp to a plate. Add the wine to the same pan and boil until slightly thickened, 2 minutes. Add the cream, chipotle chiles, Worcestershire sauce and garlic to the pan and boil until slightly reduced, 2 minutes. Return the shrimp to the pan and toss to coat with the chipotle sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the remaining tablespoon cilantro and serve with white or brown rice.

Whether you prefer seafood, chimichangas, desserts, or margaritas, the unique combination of flavors make authentic Mexican an excellent choice for any meal. For more great ideas or to try some expert Mexican food visit Ixtapa Mexican Grill & Cantina. We have locations in Action, Groton, Lexington, Luneberg, and Woburn, MA.