Food for Thought- Cilantro Pesto Shrimp

Food for Thought- Cilantro Pesto Shrimp

Food for Thought- Cilantro Pesto Shrimp


2 lb peeled & deveined shrimp (medium sized)
3/4 cup cilantro leaves
2 ½ cups arugula
1/3 cup olive oil + 2 tbsp
1/4 cup pine nuts
3/4 cup cotija cheese (shredded)
1 garlic clove (pressed)
1 lemon, halved
Salt & Pepper to taste

First what you’ll want to do is fire up the grill for direct heat. Since you’ll be grilling shrimp you’ll either want to skewer them together to prevent shrimp drop offs OR use a grill pan made for the grill. I did the latter.

Next in a food processor add your cilantro, 2½ cups arugula, 1/3 cup olive oil, pine nuts, cotija cheese & pressed garlic. Process until a chunky paste forms.
Salt & Pepper to taste and process again until blended. Set aside.

Now to get ready for the grilling.

First rinse your shrimp and then pat dry (leaving tails on). In a large bowl add the shrimp & 1 tbsp of olive oil. Sprinkle a little salt & pepper and toss. If using skewers, skewer your shrimp here. Or set a grill pan on the grill over the direct heat.

Next add your shrimp to grill over direct high heat and grill about 2½ minutes per side.
Remove shrimp from grill and place in a large bowl. Squeeze a lemon half and pour ½ of your pesto to the bowl and toss.

Add pesto shrimp to plate and then pour a little more pesto on top of the dish and then the rest in a bowl for serving with an extra lemon half for optional drizzle.

Photo by: Julia Calleo