New Orleans Shrimp en Papillote recipe is an easy to cook weeknight meal with fresh herbs, lemon, garlic and butter. Simply delicious. Gluten free too.
This month’s daring cooks challenge was hosted by Sarah from All Our Fingers in the Pie and the mandatory component was to prepare a dish ‘en papillote.’
French for ‘in parchment paper,’ en papillote sounds so much more sophisticated though doesn’t it? I am familiar with cooking in aluminum foil, but I have never cooked in parchment. Though the two are similar, parchment is so much more difficult to wrap up/fold over. While aluminum foil you can fold over without fears of it rebelling against you and unraveling, parchment has got a mind of its own.
This New Orleans shrimp en papillote recipe provided came with a step by step visual of how to cut a circle out of the parchment and then crimp the edges ending with a long tip. I was unable to figure out how this works because my parchment continued to unfold itself faster than I could fix it. I resorted to just folding the sides over each other – essentially creating a rectangular parcel. This didn’t exactly go flawlessly either – with part of the remaining marinade accidentally spilling out of my far from seamless parcel and dripping onto the floor.
I guess I need more practice, but that’s not a problem because I’m happy to make this New Orleans shrimp recipe over and over again!
Aside from the mildly frustrating parcel wrapping experience the overall recipe for the New Orleans shrimp en papillote was a success. In my mind you can’t really go wrong with shrimp to begin with, and the marinade was rich in flavors. I finally got to use some of my Worscestershire sauce too, which really should be sold by the tablespoon considering how rarely I find it in recipes. I bought mine forever ago yet it’s still more than half full. Anyone else here with me? If not please do share your worcestershire sauce heavy recipes!
Naturally D complained that the shrimp needed to be peeled – apparently he doesn’t like to work for his meal. I on the other hand enjoy peeling the cooked New Orleans shrimp, knowing that the added flavors to cooking shrimp en papillote with the shell is well worth the extra effort during the meal.
For more shrimp recipe ideas be sure to check out my shrimp spring rolls !
New Orleans Shrimp Simple makes for an easy weeknight gluten free, low carb meal. Shrimp cooked in parchment paper with a medley of herbs and spices.
- 3 tablespoons gluten free Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon butter melted
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
- 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce such as Tabasco
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
- 2 pounds unshelled jumbo shrimp
- 2 lemons sliced into 1/4 inch slices
- 4 teaspoons butter divided
Combine first 11 ingredients in a large bowl; toss until combined. Cover and marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F
Cut a large circle out of the parchment paper or a large rectangle. Remove shrimp mixture from bowl; reserve marinade. Place one quarter of the shrimp mixture on each parchment sheet. Drizzle remaining marinade over shrimp. Top each with 1 teaspoon butter.
Fold over the circular parchment paper and fold over the edges multiple times to seal or if using a rectangular piece fold over the sides.
Place packets on a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes.
Carefully cut the packets open and serve immediately.
Recipe from Laura Martin, Cooking Light, 2007
For a dairy free version use vegan butter.