Recipe: Shrimp pil pil with merkén

Recipe: Shrimp <i>pil pil</i> with merk&#233;n
Shrimp pil pil with merken. (Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times)

Shrimp pil pil with merkén

Total time:


25 minutes




Merkén can be found at select cooking stores and gourmet markets, as well as online.

13 ounces cleaned shrimp, chopped

Salt and pepper

1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste

1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons white wine

2 teaspoons merkén, or to taste

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) cold butter, cut into 1/2 -inch cubes

1/2 cup finely chopped green onions (from 2 to 3 whole onions)


2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro, or to taste

1. In a medium bowl,

toss the shrimp with one-fourth teaspoon salt and one-eighth teaspoon pepper, or to taste.

2. Heat the olive oil

in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and garlic, and cook until the shrimp are just firm and opaque. Stir in the lemon juice, white wine and


, scraping any flavoring from the bottom of the pan. Season with another one-fourth teaspoon salt, or to taste. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook to marry the flavors and reduce the sauce, about 5 minutes.

3. Whisk in the butter

to form a smooth sauce, then whisk in the green onions and cilantro. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

Each serving:

409 calories; 13 grams protein; 4 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 36 grams fat; 11 grams saturated fat; 147 mg cholesterol; 1 gram sugar; 549 mg sodium.