Panko-Crusted Angry Shrimp

Main Ingredient: Fish
Course: Main Course
Suggested Wine or Spirit: Cavit Riesling Provincia di Pavia IGT
When you crave a meal with a kick, this dish is the perfect dinner. The cannellini beans provide the perfect, creamy partner to the crispy zing of the serrano chile, orange zest and panko bread crumbs. Courtesy of Michael Chiarello.


Bean Mixture

  • 1 can (19 oz) Progresso® cannellini beans, drained, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup Progresso® chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley

    Coating Mixture
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons California chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt (gray salt)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup Progresso® panko bread crumbs

    Shrimp Mixture
  • 16 large uncooked shrimp, peeled (tail shells left on), deveined
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 small serrano chile, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup fresh whole basil leaves
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • Additional extra-virgin olive oil
  • Directions:

    1. In small saucepan, heat beans, 2 tablespoons olive oil and the chicken broth to boiling. Reduce heat to low to keep mixture warm. (Lemon juice and parsley will be added later.)

    2. In small bowl, mix flour, chili powder, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. In another small bowl, beat egg lightly. In third small bowl, place bread crumbs.

    3. Coat shrimp with flour mixture, shaking off excess; next dip shrimp into egg and then coat with bread crumbs. In 10-inch skillet, heat 1/3 cup of the oil over high heat. Add shrimp to skillet in single layer. (Do not toss or move shrimp.) Cook about 3 minutes. Turn shrimp over; cook until browned. Remove shrimp from skillet to cookie sheet.

    4. Add garlic to hot oil in skillet; cook and stir until light brown, adding more oil if necessary. Add chile; cook until soft. Carefully add basil (water in skillet will pop). Cook 45 to 60 seconds or until crisp.
    5. Meanwhile, stir lemon juice and parsley into bean mixture in saucepan; season to taste with additional salt and pepper.

    6. Stir orange peel into basil mixture in skillet. Remove from heat. Return shrimp to skillet; toss to combine.

    7. Spoon bean mixture onto platter or individual plates. Drizzle with olive oil. Top with shrimp; spoon some of basil mixture with some of its oil over top.

    4 servings

    Michael’s Notes: I never buy peeled and deveined shrimp. It looks like a convenience, but their quality is diminished substantially. It takes only a few minutes to do the work yourself, and then you have shrimp shells to put in the freezer for making shellfish stock later.