Everyday Food: Give shrimp a big flavor boost

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Buffalo shrimp salad

Serves 4

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 pound peeled, deveined large shrimp and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper, and sauté until shrimp are opaque. Remove from heat and swirl in 3 tablespoons hot sauce. Let cool slightly, then toss with 8 cups torn escarole and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Season and sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese.

Lime-glazed shrimp

Makes 8 skewers

Soak 8 wooden skewers in water at least 30 minutes. Heat broiler. In a small saucepan, combine 1/4 cup honey, zest and juice from 1 lime, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, 2 minced garlic cloves, 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil and cook until thickened, about 7 minutes. Skewer 24 peeled, deveined large shrimp. Place on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush with glaze. Broil 3 minutes, flip, brush with glaze and cook until shrimp are opaque and glaze is beginning to brown, about 3 to 4 minutes more.

Garlicky shrimp pasta with chiles

Serves 4

Cook 3/4 pound linguine, reserving 3/4 cup pasta cooking water. Cook 1 pound peeled, deveined large shrimp, 5 thinly sliced garlic cloves and 1/4 cup dried breadcrumbs in 1/3 cup olive oil over medium heat until shrimp are opaque, about 7 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Toss pasta with 1/2 to 3/4 cup pasta water, and 1/4 cup chopped cilantro. Toss with shrimp mixture and thinly sliced fresh chiles.

Shrimp burgers

Serves 4

Finely grind 2 burger buns in a food processor (1 1/2 cups crumbs) and transfer to a bowl. Pulse 1 1/4 pounds peeled, deveined shrimp in processor, then toss with crumbs, 1/3 cup mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Form into 4 patties. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet and cook over medium heat, turning once, until cooked through, about 9 minutes. Serve on buns with iceberg lettuce and tartar sauce.

Sweet-and-sour shrimp

Serves 4

In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-high. Cook 1 pound peeled, deveined large shrimp and a pinch of red-pepper flakes until shrimp are opaque. Transfer to a plate. Heat 1 1/2 teaspoons oil and cook 1 chopped red bell pepper until crisp-tender, about 1 minute. Add 1 can (15.25 ounces) Del Monte sliced peaches in heavy syrup, bring to a boil and cook until thickened. Stir in shrimp and 1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve over rice with lemon wedges.

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Everyday Food magazine offers quick, healthy solutions for everyday meals from the kitchens of Martha Stewart Living. For more recipes and additional tips, visit www.marthastewart.com/everydayfood. Questions or comments about the column should be sent to: everydayfood@marthastewart.com.

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