Spanish Shrimp & Rice with Vegetables & Aioli

Spanish Shrimp & Rice

with Vegetables & Aioli

45 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

For this rich, flavorful dish, you’ll cook tender vegetables, tomato paste, and a blend of traditional spices alongside sushi rice, whose natural starchiness lends creamy, hearty texture to the robust base for our plump shrimp and aromatic aioli.

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel 2 cloves of garlic; using a zester, finely grate into a paste (or use the small side of a box grater). Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Medium dice the zucchini. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores and medium dice. Roughly chop the capers. In a bowl, combine 3/4 of the garlic paste, the sliced white bottoms of the scallions, diced zucchini and peppers, and chopped capers. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels; remove the tails. Place in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and half the spice blend. Stir to coat. 

Cook the vegetables:
2 Cook the vegetables:

In a medium, high-sided pan (or pot), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the prepared vegetable mixture; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes, or until slightly softened. 

Cook the rice:
3 Cook the rice:

Add the rice to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Add the tomato paste and remaining spice blend. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly coated. Add 2 1/2 cups of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Reduce the heat to medium. Loosely cover the pan with foil and cook, stirring occasionally, 18 to 20 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat and stir in the vinegar. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

Cook the shrimp:
4 Cook the shrimp:

Once the rice has cooked about 15 minutes, in a separate medium pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly opaque. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until opaque and cooked through. Turn off the heat. 

Make the aioli & serve your dish:
5 Make the aioli & serve your dish:

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the mayonnaise and as much of the remaining garlic paste as you’d like; season with salt and pepper. Serve the cooked vegetables and rice topped with the cooked shrimpaioli, and sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy! 

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Peel 2 cloves of garlic; using a zester, finely grate into a paste (or use the small side of a box grater). Thinly slice the scallions, separating the white bottoms and hollow green tops. Medium dice the zucchini. Cut off and discard the stems of the peppers; remove the cores and medium dice. Roughly chop the capers. In a bowl, combine 3/4 of the garlic paste, the sliced white bottoms of the scallions, diced zucchini and peppers, and chopped capers. Pat the shrimp dry with paper towels; remove the tails. Place in a bowl. Season with salt, pepper, and half the spice blend. Stir to coat. 

2 Cook the vegetables:

In a medium, high-sided pan (or pot), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the prepared vegetable mixture; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes, or until slightly softened. 

Cook the vegetables:
Cook the rice:
3 Cook the rice:

Add the rice to the pan. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined. Add the tomato paste and remaining spice blend. Cook, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes, or until thoroughly coated. Add 2 1/2 cups of water (carefully, as the liquid may splatter); season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until combined. Reduce the heat to medium. Loosely cover the pan with foil and cook, stirring occasionally, 18 to 20 minutes, or until the water has been absorbed and the rice is al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Turn off the heat and stir in the vinegar. Taste, then season with salt and pepper if desired. 

4 Cook the shrimp:

Once the rice has cooked about 15 minutes, in a separate medium pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned shrimp in an even layer. Cook, without stirring, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly opaque. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, 1 to 2 minutes, or until opaque and cooked through. Turn off the heat. 

Cook the shrimp:
Make the aioli & serve your dish:
5 Make the aioli & serve your dish:

Meanwhile, in a bowl, combine the mayonnaise and as much of the remaining garlic paste as you’d like; season with salt and pepper. Serve the cooked vegetables and rice topped with the cooked shrimpaioli, and sliced green tops of the scallions. Enjoy! 

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