Whether you buy your shrimp right off the boat, or at a fish market, surely you’ve noticed some of this year’s catch is big and beautiful.
I’ve always been a sucker for big white shrimp and can’t resist buying a pound or two, even if I do not have a specific recipe in mind.
My favorite way to cook large shrimp is shell-on. Cooked that way, the shrimp seem to retain moisture, and most folks don’t mind getting their hands a little messy getting the shells off.
Season the shrimp with Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning, melt butter in a large sauté pan and get it as hot as you can, but not smoking.
Sauté the shrimp quickly, just a minute or less per side. Do it in small batches and add more butter as necessary. When all are cooked, add more butter to the pan and several cloves of finely diced garlic. Cook just until the garlic is tender, but do not burn it. Toss the shrimp in the garlic butter, put a roll of paper towels on the table and dig in.