Garlic Shrimp Plantain Cups
For the Plantains
- 3 large green plantains
- 1 cup avocado oil
- salt, to taste
- garlic powder, to taste
For the Shrimp:
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 ½ pounds shrimp, peeled, deveined & butterflied
- 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 8 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes, or to taste
- ½ cup dry white wine or broth
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- Salt, to taste
- 3 tbsp chopped cilantro
To make the plantain cups, peel the green plantains, and cut into 2-inch thick slices.
Heat the oil in a medium-sized pot and place the cut plantains inside the oil and fry for about 3-4 minutes until they are golden. Remove them and place them on a plate lined with paper towel.
Using a lemon juicer, squeeze the chunks of each plantain to form them into cups. Add them back to the oil and fry for about 3 minutes, until golden brown.
Remove and place them on a plate lined with paper towel and sprinkle with a little salt and garlic powder.
To make the shrimp, season with ½ tsp salt.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 2 tbsp olive oil and cook shrimp until it is pink but slightly undercooked, about 2 minutes per side (you will finish cooking it in the sauce later.) Transfer to a plate and set aside, leaving as much oil in the pan as possible.
Add garlic and crushed red pepper and sauté until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add wine and let reduce by half, about 2 minutes.
Add the butter and stir until the butter is melted and the sauce is thickened, about 4-5 minutes more.
Add the shrimp back into the pan and toss to coat until the shrimp is fully cooked about 2-3 minutes, depending on their size. Remove from flame and add salt to taste.
Serve by adding the shrimp and sauce into the cups.
Garnish with freshly squeezed lime juice and cilantro.
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