A Gilding of Shrimp & Saffron Rice

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A Gilding of Shrimp & Saffron Rice

A Gilding of Shrimp & Saffron Rice

Golden saffron and a bounty of herbs and summer vegetables make this a beautiful and fresh-tasting dish. Don't overseason; let the flavors sing.

Serves 4

Prep Time 40 min

Total Time 60 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4-1 teaspoon saffron threads, (see Ingredient Note)
  • 1 cup long-grain brown rice
  • 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium yellow summer squash, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, (21-25 per pound), peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup tightly packed fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Bring water, 1/2 teaspoon salt and saffron to taste to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add rice, return to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Step 2

About 10 minutes before the rice is done, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add squash and cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender (do not brown), 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in shrimp and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes. Stir in mint and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in lemon juice; remove from heat. Season with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Serve over the rice.


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