Star Shrimp is Festive and Delicious
|December 3, 2012||Posted by Melissa under Cooking, Healthy Eating, Produce, Recipes|
I love carambola (star fruit). It is sweet, crisp, juicy, fragrant and tasty. The first time I saw carambola, it was used as a garnish. Because of the star shape it has when cut, it is a pretty garnish. However, I wasn’t sure how to eat it. Did it need peeling, and if so, how do you easily peel a star-shaped fruit? Turns out the peel is edible, so carambola prep is easy – just wash, dry, and slice.
Carambola is versatile and it lends itself to sweet and savory dishes. A great way to showcase the taste of it is in this Star Shrimp recipe. Do you have any favorite ways to eat carambola?
• 1 pound Florida shrimp, peeled and deveined
• 1/4 cup green onions
• 1/2 cup Florida orange juice
• 3 cloves garlic
• 1/3 cup soy sauce
• 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger
• 1/4 cup sherry
• 2-3 Florida carambolas, sliced
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• 1 tablespoon butter
Combine orange juice, soy sauce, sherry, sugar, green onion, garlic and ginger in a blender and process. Marinate the shrimp in the sauce for 1-2 hours. Strain the marinade from shrimp and reserve. Thread shrimp and carambola on skewers. Grill or pan fry 2-3 minutes or until opaque in center. Combine cornstarch and the reserved marinade; mix well and bring to a boil. Add butter and remove from heat. Serve sauce over shrimp kabobs.