The key to good shrimp salad is to undercook the shrimp. I know it sounds amazing, but they really do cook in 3 minutes. This salad makes a delicious lunch on its own, a first course for dinner, or a great sandwich filling. The old wives’ tale about mayonnaise spoiling on a picnic is false; it’s the shrimp that spoils, so be sure all your ingredients are cold before you mix them.–Ina Garten
Barefoot Contessa Shrimp Salad by Ina Garten Recipe
- Quick Glance
- 1 H
- 1 H, 15 M
- Serves 12
- 3 tablespoons kosher salt, plus 1 teaspoon
- 1 lemon, cut into quarters
- 4 pounds large shrimp in the shell (16 to 20 shrimp per pound)
- 2 cups good mayonnaise
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons good white wine or white wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 6 tablespoons minced fresh dill
- 1 cup minced red onion (1 onion)
- 3 cups minced celery (about 6 stalks)
- 1. Bring 5 quarts of water, 3 tablespoons salt, and the lemon to a boil in a large saucepan. Add half the shrimp and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, uncovered, for only 3 minutes, or until the shrimp are barely cooked through.
- 2. Remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl of cool water. Bring the water back to a boil and repeat with the remaining shrimp. Let cool, then peel and devein the shrimp.
- 3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, wine, 1 teaspoon salt, the pepper, and dill. Combine with the peeled shrimp. Add the red onion and celery and check the seasonings. Serve, or cover and refrigerate for a few hours.
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Barefoot Contessa Shrimp Salad by Ina Garten Recipe © 2001 Ina Garten. Photo © 2001 James Merrell. All rights reserved.