Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Gambas en Gabardina (Jumbo Shrimp in Saffron Batter)

1 pound jumbo shrimp, peeled, de-veined, washed and butterflied
1 egg
4 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
A few saffron threads
1/2 cup flour.
Oil for frying.

Whisk together egg, water, salt, baking soda and saffron. Add in flour, whisking until mixture resembles pancake batter. Let rest 1 hour.

Heat up oil in large saute pan over medium-high heat. Test oil heat by dropping a little batter to ensure it fries upon hitting oil.

Dip shrimp in batter. Fry until golden brown. Drain on paper towels.

Serve with Mojo de Cilantro


  1. I've made saffron butter but not batter :) Sounds really delicious! Great idea and love the Mojo de Cilantro also.

  2. This recipe looks awesome. Looks like I'm going to have to give this one a try!

  3. I was so thinking Saffron the past couple of days, and this sound wonderful!

  4. I'm not a big shrimp fan, but I bet this would be just as good with pork. I'm totally trying it.

  5. I applaude the whole meal...this one is a keeper!

  6. Thank you, thank you! Hosting a Spanish tapas party in Feb. Maybe we can try these out!

  7. I just commented on Chef E's blog that I never use Saffron in my cooking. When I think Saffron I think of rice or soup. I've never seen it used this way. How delicious!! Now I have an excuse to buy some!

  8. very intriguing. looks quite easy too. will give it a go

  9. Lesson learned today:

    Shrimp battered and fried = yummy

    Shrimp battered and baked = interesting...not so yummy...


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