Seared Chipotle Rub Shrimp with Caramelized Onions
Updated: Nov 27, 2020
Meal prep Sundays call for at least two proteins, carbs, and vegetables. So happy to say that shrimp bowls made it to our week lunch/ dinner variations!
We had to jazz it up a bit! Shrimp is Eric's favorite!
Anytime I do make shrimp, its gone within the first two days. Because it's that good!
This recipe in particular I was aiming for something smoky and slightly spicy, which is where the chipotle chile powder comes in. The mix of brown sugar and garlic seasoning salt, just gives it that mesquite bbq flavor.
Shrimp cooks super quick. I'll sear for 2 minutes on one side and about 1 minute on the other. They come out so succulent with the perfect bite! Adding extra minutes to that cooking time, you're usually looking at a rubbery, chewy or dry shrimp.
Mind you, reheating in the microwave during the week adds a little more cooking time. So you have to be careful with the timing when you pan sear these babies!!
Seared Chipotle Shrimp with Caramelized Onions
Yield: 6 servings
2 pounds raw shrimp, deveined and shelled
½ tsp smoked paprika
1 ½ tsp chipotle chile powder
1 ½ tsp brown sugar
½ tsp garlic seasoning salt
½ tsp fresh cracked pepper
¼ Kosher salt
2 medium onions, halved and sliced
1. In a small mixing bowl combine paprika, chipotle chile powder, brown sugar, garlic seasoning salt, pepper and salt.
2. Place the shrimp on a sheet pan lined with paper towels and pat dry to remove any excess moisture. Throw paper towels away when finished.
3. Drizzle the shrimp with olive oil and sprinkle the spice mixture generously over the shrimp, so they are all coated.
4. Preheat a large skillet to medium high and drizzle some olive oil in the pan. Once the pan is very hot. Place some of the shrimp one by one in the pan so they are spaced out a little. (Prevents them from steaming and this helps get a good sear on each individual shrimp) Cook for about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer to a platter. Repeat. *Taste Sprinkle a pinch of salt over the shrimp if needed
5. Once all the shrimp are done, wipe some of the burnt spices that are left in the pan with a paper towel. After, drizzle with olive oil and place the sliced onion in the pan and saute for about 7-10 minutes, until cooked to your desired doneness on how caramelized you want it or how much bite you want them to have.
6. Once done, place the caramelized onions on a platter, place the shrimp over the bed of caramelized onions and garnish with lime wedges and cilantro.
7. Serve with rice and vegetables.