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We made this as one of the dishes at our annual stay at the Koehler Winery near in Los Olivos near Santa Barbara. Everything we made was delicious, but this might have been my favorite. We served it as an appetizer, and everyone raved about it. It was extremely easy and quick and the presentation was beautiful. I made this with a very healthy dose of cayenne (when the kids are will play!). Depending on your palate, you may want to tone it down to 1/8 tsp of cayenne.. Everyone with us said they'd make it with the same level of spice though, so give it a try if you can handle it! This is adapted from a Jacques Pepin recipe in Jacques Pepin's Table.

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Servings: 4


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  1. Shell the shrimp, and sprinkle them with the thyme, oregano, tarragon, coriander, and peppers. Place them in a single layer in a dish, and sprinkle with the 2 tablespoons oil. Set aside. This can be done up to an hour in advance of cooking.
  2. In a skillet, heat the 2 tablespoons oil. When hot, saute the spinach for 2-3 minutes. Add the salt and pepper, and stir to coat. Divide among four plates.
  3. Turn the heat on the skillet up to high and heat until very, very hot. Place the oiled shrimp in one layer in the skillet, and cook over high heat for 1 minute. Turn, and cook for 1 1/2 minutes on the other side.
  4. To serve, place four shrimp on top of the greens on each plate. Add the 2 tablespoons of water to the juices in the pan, and mix to deglaze. Pour the juices over the shrimp, and serve.
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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 191g
Recipe makes 4 servings
Calories 261  
Calories from Fat 146 56%
Total Fat 16.49g 21%
Saturated Fat 2.39g 10%
Trans Fat 0.0g  
Cholesterol 172mg 57%
Sodium 432mg 18%
Potassium 512mg 15%
Total Carbs 3.57g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1.5g 5%
Sugars 0.26g 0%
Protein 24.65g 39%



  • John Spottiswood
    September 5, 2011
    One of the best appetizers I've made in the past year!
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    • ANIZA
      September 6, 2011
      this is so tasty and healthy too
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      • Kristi Rimkus
        September 11, 2011
        I love seeing tarragon in the list of ingredients. It's one of my favorite herbs and not often used!
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        • TobeNourished
          September 13, 2011
          I made this recipe tonight.. my first recipe from CES. It was wonderful.. a delightful combination of flavors, and I loved pairing it with greens! Thanks for sharing
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          • John Spottiswood
            September 13, 2011
            Glad you enjoyed it TBN. Thanks for sharing your opinion!
          • Nancy Miyasaki
            September 13, 2011
            This is a tasty dish that would be good as an appetizer or an entree. It goes well with a sauvignon blanc or other dry white wine.
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            • Claudia lamascolo
              September 8, 2011
              I am already to try this everything in the house to make it! Sounds and looks fabulous!
              • ponjenell pj johnson
                September 6, 2011
                most excellent my friend as i was just thinking about spinach and what i would do today,looks lovely,and since i am fighting this flu the heat along with the healing powers of popeye's favorite should do me just fine,thanks i am going to make it today
                • Katherine
                  September 6, 2011
                  Hooray! A recipe to use up some of the oregano, spinach and tarragon we have in abundance this year. I just told my husband this morning: "We have to do something with the spinach". Then I added 'dearest' so I could be sure of his cooperation. We're going to blanch and freeze some this weekend. The thyme is luckily under control. Should I dry the herbs first or use fresh?

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