Seared Shrimp with Red Bean Relish

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Makes: 8  servings Prep 30 mins Cook 1 hr 30 mins Stand 8 hrs


  • 1 pound  dried red or pinto beans
  • Water
  • 2 pounds  medium shrimp, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons  Creole seasoning*
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons  minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons  vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup  fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon  minced fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon  minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon  salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon  freshly ground black pepper
  • red pepper sauce
  • Lemon wedges


1. Soak beans overnight in water to cover by 2 inches. Drain. Combine beans with fresh water to cover by 2 inches in large sauce pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer covered just until tender, 1-1/2 hours. Drain, rinse, and refrigerate.

2. Meanwhile, toss shrimp with Creole seasoning in medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 6 hours.

3. For bean relish, combine cooled beans with bell peppers, onion, lemon juice, shallots, oil, thyme, garlic, salt, black pepper, and pepper sauce in large bowl; toss to combine.

4. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Add half of the shrimp to skillet in single layer; cook 1 minute. Turn shrimp over. Add 2/3 cup water and continue cooking, shaking pan, until shrimp are opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes more. Transfer to bowl. Wipe out pan and repeat with remaining shrimp and 2/3 cup more water.

5. Mound bean relish on 8 dinner plates. Arrange shrimp on top. Serve with lemon wedges. Makes 8 servings.


  • Creole seasoning is available in many supermarkets and specialty stores. To make your own, combine 4 teaspoons paprika, 1 tablespoon each salt and garlic powder, and 2 teaspoons each dried oregano, dried thyme, onion powder, and ground black and red pepper. Makes 1/4 cup.

Nutrition Facts

  • Servings Per Recipe 8
  • cal.(kcal)350,
  • Fat, total(g)6,
  • chol.(mg)140,
  • sat. fat(g)1,
  • carb.(g)43,
  • pro.(g)31,
  • sodium(mg)1053,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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