1lb frozen shrimp - raw, peeled and cleaned, with tail on
2 tlbs olive oil
rough pinch of the following spices - amounts can be adjusted to taste
- cumin seed
- curry powder
- chili powder
- red pepper flakes
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper
4 tlbs Dukes mayonnaise
1 tlbs chipotle powder
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees.
Thaw shrimp by placing them into a colander in sink. Fill the sink with a lukewarm water bath and let the shrimp soak for about 10 minutes. It is important that the water not be too hot or the shrimp will begin to cook and therefore be tough by the time they come out of the oven. Once the shrimp have thawed, remove them from the water bath, drain, and then place them onto a dish towel and pat dry. Transfer the shrimp to large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil. Season by sprinkling a rough pinch ( or two) of the spices listed above. Be sparing with your salt until you have had a chance to taste the cooked shrimp. Spread the shrimp onto a baking sheet and place into the hot oven. Cook the shrimp for about 15 minutes. The tails will turn pink, but the shrimp will stay fairly light. Do not overcook, or they will be tough. You can always pop them back into the oven if they are not cooked to your liking.
Mix 4 tablespoons of the mayonnaise with 1 tablespoon of chipotle power - and voila, you have an "aoli dipping sauce".