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June 19, 2008

Grilled Dill Shrimp With Asparagus

Grilled Dill Shrimp With Asparagus

I love shrimp and Alexis does too. In fact shrimp is one of those things she asked to try recently, though she had had it when she was younger and liked it then too, but had forgotten about it and I'm all about the "If you want to try it, we'll try it!" thing because one of my biggest pet peeves is saying you don't like something you've never tasted! So when she wants to try something we get it for her to try. She wanted to try raspberries, though I'll admit I'm not a fan of those, but if she wants to eat them then fine! She wanted to try lobster so we got a lobster and steamed it and she loved it!

See there I go getting side tracked again...The point is if she wants to try something I'll make it happen, but back to what we were really talking about.

Where was I? Oh yes...shrimp!

I rarely buy shrimp because even with Maryland being a water state it's hard to find truly fresh shrimp! Maryland is proud to be more of a blue crab/oyster state. Sometimes even if you buy frozen shrimp it is old! But every once in a while I'll stumble on to some that is actually fresh and in the case it was fresh AND on sale! Now what is better than that? So of course I grabbed some and we headed home.

There are so many things you can do with shrimp and all sorts of ideas popped through my mind. I thought about making some kabobs with thyme (which by the way you should try because they are to die for!), I thought about boiling some with some Old Bay Seasoning, I thought about making a white shrimp pizza, but my inspiration finally came from Alexis.

Alexis and I love to spend time on the front porch. We have a swing, her sand box, chairs and plenty of room to move around and play. It's just perfect because it's completely shaded in the afternoon. We were out on the front porch enjoying a lovely summer day and she decided to taste my dill plant. She knows that she can eat anything out of my herb box. It's all organic and she can munch to her heart's delight. She hadn't tried the dill before, but that day she decided to give it a munch and low and behold she liked it! So that made me think about possibly adding some chopped dill to the shrimp and thus the idea for dinner was born!

This dish is quick, easy and healthy. Throw in some grilled asparagus and a side salad and you've got a wonderful meal!

What You'll Need:
A pound of shrimp
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons of fresh chopped dill
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Asparagus to grill

Grilled Dill Shrimp: Shrimp

In a bowl toss cleaned and deveined shrimp together with the olive oil, dill, a pinch of sea salt and some freshly ground black pepper and put covered in the fridge for 30 minutes to an hour.

Grilled Dill Shrimp: Ready to Grill

Heat your grill or grill pan (which is what I used) until hot.

Brush the grill pan/grill with a little extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle the asparagus with a little sea salt and place it on the grill first and grill for about 5-6 minutes until it is just starting to soften.

Grilled Dill Shrimp: Grilling

Next add the shrimp turning and cook until just pink. This will happen quickly, approximately 2-3 minutes. Don't cook them too long or they will turn rubbery.

Grilled Dill Shrimp: Grilling

(The burger was for Jamison! ;oP)

When the shrimp are cooked remove them from heat and serve immediately or you can serve them chilled. They are good either way!

Notes: If you don't like dill you could do this with rosemary or thyme. You could also do this with scallops instead of shrimp.

Posted by Dianne at June 19, 2008 8:56 AM

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Posted by: Carrie at June 19, 2008 10:17 AM

I never heard of a child asking to try something like lobster or shrimp. That looks fantastic. I can see why she is a fan.

Posted by: Karen at June 19, 2008 10:39 AM

It's making me drool now and want more shrimp! ;o)

She's very good about wanting to try things. She'll see them on FoodTV or elsewhere and then want to try them. Her latest thing to try was a rutabaga. She heard that one on Pooh and just had to try it. She said it was "OK". LOL

Posted by: Dianne at June 19, 2008 11:47 AM

Grilled Asparagus is one of my all time favorite things.

Posted by: Steph at June 19, 2008 1:43 PM

This is the first time I had actually tried it grilled, but we liked it! Usually I roast it in the oven.

Posted by: Dianne at June 19, 2008 2:37 PM

That looks so good! I LOVE seafood, and both shrimp and scallops are favorites! Asparagus and shrimp is such a cool combo. I look forward to making this recipe.

Posted by: Noelle Markus at June 19, 2008 6:32 PM

I love seafood too. I'm most definitely a water girl. :o)

Posted by: Dianne at June 19, 2008 7:19 PM

Shrimp lover ahoy! That's one good looking dish!

Posted by: Pamela at June 23, 2008 3:38 AM

Shrimp lover ahoy! That's one good looking dish!

Posted by: Pamela at June 23, 2008 5:11 AM

Shrimp lover ahoy! That's one good looking dish!

Posted by: Pamela at June 23, 2008 5:13 AM

I'm huge shrimp fan myself! :o)

Posted by: Dianne at June 23, 2008 5:15 PM

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