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Vadouvan and Orange Shrimp

Serves 4
  • Active time:25 min
  • Start to finish:25 min (not including making vadouvan)
September 2008
If you make our Fricassee of Game Hen with Creamy Leeks and Vadouvan, you’ll understand why we’re so wild about this twice-cooked South Indian spice blend—it adds a deep, uniquely meaty flavor to almost anything. Having a batch in the freezer is as good as a pot of gold in our books. Here, vadouvan turns a weeknight seafood dish into something unforgettable, with its complex curry flavors mingling with tangy orange juice to make an addictive sauce for plump, sweet shrimp.

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The Recipe.
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/3 cup vadouvan (Indian spice blend)
  • 1 1/2 lb large shrimp in shell, peeled and deveined
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Accompaniment:

    steamed rice
  • Melt butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat and cook until butter gives off a nutty fragrance and is golden brown, about 2 minutes.
  • Add juice and vadouvan, then increase heat to medium-high and boil, swirling skillet occasionally, until liquid is syrupy and reduced by about half, about 2 minutes.
  • Toss shrimp with 1/2 tsp salt. Add to skillet and sauté until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.