Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sofrito Shrimp... delicious, succulent heaven in a bite

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This recipe is featured on Foodie Friend Friday's blog

So today I worked, came home, dealt with family obligations and DRAMA!!  Yes, yes I did.  Drama you say?  Yes, yes, am I the only one that has drama in their lives?   I digress... let's get back to the shrimp shall we?  My grand plan was to grill the shrimp as before, totally a family favorite.  However, by the time I finished with the "family drama", I really had no energy or stamina to grill either indoors or out.  All I wanted was a drink, and STIFF ONE at that!!
So I baked them, and let me tell you, they turned out as the most beautiful moist, succulent, juicy shrimp EVER!!!
I love, love the char/grill marks when I'm grilling these babies, since I've only grilled them before, so I was hesitant in baking... now I know this recipe works perfectly BOTH ways!! Winter time, here I come!!

You can serve them with whatever side you like.  I served them over salad with garlic bread as a side... 
DELICIOUS in every sense of the word!!!  What I totally love about this recipe is it's simplicity.  The base is from a jar and you add a few simple ingredients!! You cannot get any simpler and easier than that right?  Yet the flavor will LITERALLY KNOCK YOUR SOCKS OFF!!
You have perfectly cooked succulent shrimp, which in my book equals amazing goodness in one bite. 

Ready for this very simple recipe?  Here we go!!

1 lb extra large jumbo uncooked shrimp (de-veined)
1/2 cup  + 2 tbsp Sofrito Sauce 
1/2 tsp granulated garlic
2 tbsp olive oil divided 
1-2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley (or cilantro - see notes)
juice of half lemon

This is Sofrito Sauce (can be found in the ethnic Hispanic section of your
grocery store.

It has everything you want for a tomato base, peppers, onions, garlic, spices, 
cilantro, and tastes amazing!!

Using a medium plastic container with lid, add your rinsed shrimp to the 

Add your sauce and seasonings, half your oil and your freshly squeezed
lemon juice.
Stir well and place in fridge for 1/2-1 hours. 

Preheat oven to 400F.  Using skewers, skewer about 5- 6 jumbo shrimp to each skewer.  You can certainly just lay as is on the baking sheet and not skewer at all.  You know that I'm a skewering fool is all!!  Plus it looks so darn pretty!!

Pour the marinade over the shrimp and finally drizzle with the last tbsp of
olive oil.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, turning over halfway thru.  

Doesn't that look scrumptious?  The shrimp were succulent, juicy and just
bursting with flavor!!

I hope you try this recipe, it's one of our ultimate favorites, grilled or now 
baked, you just can't go wrong... serve and just reign in the compliments!!

Cooks notes:  Cilantro will be amazing with this shrimp dish, however family
members do not like cilantro.  Parsley compliments this wonderfully.

Till next time!!

Dishin with Didi


  1. Didi, first of all, you are so right about women being shall we say, less than polite to one another! In my Nursing career I saw it all..not pretty, I wish we could all be truly supportive of one another without personal agenda's and petty jealousies..aren't we better than that? Okay, whatever happens, I'm ALWAYS on your side! :) About the shrimp...It has never occured to me to bake them, what a fabulous technique you've shared with us, I just love it!!! They look simply delicioso!! xoxo

    1. I hear you on the unpleasant aspects... we could go on for days, I know I could. I just thank God there are some amazing people out there, you my friend being one, and being blessed to know them!!!

      The shrimp were outta this world good!!! I usually bake them for scampi believe it or not. Let me know!!

  2. This shrimp recipe looks great! I don't think I've ever tried sofrito I have a reason to try it! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

  3. I had no clue you could buy this sauce in the grocery store! Thanks for letting me know. Your dish looks great! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Don't forget to come back tomorrow and VOTE for your favorite three!

    1. I'm so glad my tip helped, I'm all about easy!! ;-) Thank you so much for visiting, and the opportunity to share on Foodie Friends Friday!!

  4. What can u use in place of Sofrito sauce as this looks like my kind of food...yum!!

    1. Tomatoes, garlic, onions, olive oil, cilantro, salt & pepper... combine in a food processor and pour over shrimp alongside with shrimp and extra olive oil and garlic powder. Definitely taste to determine.
      I took the easy way out with above recipe. All the flavors I was looking for were in 1 jar...
      Let me know Doreen!!!