Rice, Shrimps and Tea

Depending on the main meal, I am likely to boil rice with black tea, and on rare occasions oolong. This is the easiest 'cooking with tea' recipe I know. Highly recommended!

Today I was looking for something new to cook with tea. Searching on line I came across the following recipe. Although I am unlikely to cook this anytime soon, you might find it interesting.


1 1/2 cups water
3 bags oolong tea
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups ice
1 pound shrimp, veins (and, if desired, shells) removed
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a small saucepan over high heat, bring the water to a near boil. Remove the pan from the heat and add the tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes, or until the tea is dark and fragrant. Remove and discard the tea bags, then add the salt and sugar and stir until dissolved.

Add the ice and stir until melted and the tea mixture is cool.

Place the shrimp in a large bowl or zip-close plastic bag. Add the tea mixture, then cover or seal the bag and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Drain the shrimp and return to the bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and add the garlic. Toss to coat evenly. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet and arrange in a single layer. Season with pepper.

Bake for 8 minutes, or until shrimp are bright pink. Serve immediately.
Makes 2 main or 4 starter servings."


Mary R said...

Oh dear. I'm likely to try anything once, and this looked good to me. Garlic and shrimp? I'm there!

The tea-brining technique sounds interesting...I bet the next time I'm in the eternal "God, I make the same stuff all the time" mode, I'll try this recipe as a lark. Thanks!

Bill said...

Thanks for the recipe Phyll! I must admit, I have never attempted to cook anything with tea. Well, actually I take that back. Once I made tea eggs, where you use hard boiled eggs and marinate them in tea. They were interesting to say the least in flavor and they literally looked like eggs made of marble. Have you ever heard of it?


Ido said...

Hey Bill, thank you for your recipe. I came across the TeaEgg phenomenon very often in Taiwan. In fact one can find it everywhere there is 7Elevenand its like, which are basically everywhere you look.

I never dared to buy them there as to be honest I am too chicken to eat the eggs that stay like that the whole day long (I did not fancy it for breakfast). I will try them sometime at home.

Thanks you!

By the way I have been called "coffee" before but never "Phyll" :) indecently the guy who called me "coffee" is Phyll.


~ Phyll said...

Uh, Bill, you are welcome? It's a great compliment for me to be mistaken as thank YOU!

Hey coffee, when are we gonna grab some tea together?

Anonymous said...

That sounds really good!

The garlic and shrimp combination reminds me of Prawns "Pil-Pil" which I have all the time when I'm down in Spain.

Ido said...

Phyll, its not like being me is like being John Malkovich... ;)

It would be my(!!!) honor to be mistaken for Phyll. I did not want to do injustice to your(!) name.. .

As for the tea, we can have some with Mandela if you are up for it..!

Joshua - thank you for your delicious comment. I would appreciate if you could share with me/us some delicious recipes from Spain (preferably that contain olive-oil as its main ingredient).
Thank you!

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