We are one of those lazy, laid-back couples who like to spend Friday nights at home with something to munch, along with a drink and a movie of our choice. Sitting cozy and casual in our pajamas 🙂 Typically, cooking on a Friday night is not one of my favorite acts but when it comes to making easy, effortless finger food, it’s a whole new story.
Something like this – stir fried shrimp and lemon aioli sauce.
Arvind is kind of picky with seafood and I don’t blame him cause he had never ate fish or seafood while growing up. Luckily, he is always open to trying out new food. Even though his first experience with shrimp was not very good, he didn’t give up on it! I guess he knew how much his wife loves shrimp 😉 Nowadays, he enjoys shrimp as much as I do.
The key thing that I have to remember while making shrimp for him is to remove the head, shells and make sure it doesn’t smell fishy.
This stir-fried shrimp is his absolute favorite and it’s way too simple to even call for a recipe. It is marinated with simple spice mix, some fresh herbs and finally, stir fried in a cast iron pan to get that perfect char. Although frying in a non-stick pan will work too but the char and smoky flavor that comes from cooking in a cast iron pan is totally different.
While frying the shrimp might take about 10 minutes, the lemon aioli sauce takes about 5 mins max. How easy is that !
Aioli is a creamy sauce similar to mayonnaise and is made with garlic, extra virgin olive oil and egg yolks. It can be served with salad, spread on bread for sandwich or served as a dipping sauce. It can be made in advance and kept refrigerated in an airtight jar for days.
The tanginess of the lemon aioli and the spiciness of the shrimp made a perfect match.
This flavorful finger food is our current favorite Friday food, served with some cold beer. Both the sauce and shrimp required hardly any prep time or cooking time!