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Marinated Shrimp with Basil and Capers

Posted by Peggy on October 17, 2009

Marinated Shrimp with Basil and Capers
Recipe: Marinated Shrimp with Basil and Capers


  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 2-4 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup capers, brine from bottle included
  • Hot sauce, your preferred
  • 1 medium white onion, sliced as thinly as possible
  • 2 pounds medium-sized cooked shrimp*, shelled and deveined
  • 1 large lemon, sliced as thinly as possible
  • 1 heaping tablespoon chopped basil


  1. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, sugar, dry mustard, 2 teaspoons garlic and brine from capers. Add kosher salt, hot sauce and additional garlic, if desired, to taste.
  2. Place shrimp and onion in marinade and marinate, refrigerated, at least 4 hours and up to 24 hours, turning occasionally.
  3. Garnish with sliced lemon and basil before serving.

*I always buy raw shrimp and cook them, in the shell, in a large pot of rapidly boiling water seasoned with a seafood seasoning, such as Zatarain's or Old Bay. Do not overcook your shrimp! Cooking time depends on the size of the shrimp used, anywhere from 1-4 minutes.

Marinate Time: 4-24 hours

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Number of servings (yield): Appetizers for 12-16 (depending on other foods served)

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