Shrimp Stew for Two

Shrimp Stew for Two

A stew should be as comforting to cook as it is to eat. In this effortless one-pot meal, a spicy, aromatic broth is tinged red with gochugaru, a Korean red-pepper powder. You want to use jumbo shrimp or prawns for this; be sure to get shell-on crustaceans (and head-on if you can), as they’re essential to flavoring this simple dish with their incredible nuttiness. Bitter greens and sweet radishes add vegetal heft as well as complexity to the broth, which you should definitely sop up with bread or rice. If seafood dishes like bouillabaisse, cioppino and maeuntang excite you, then this brothy wonder will delight and nourish.
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  • Serves: 2 persons



  1. Step 1

    Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven or deep skillet over medium-high. Add half of the shallots, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and starting to brown at the edges, 4 to 6 minutes. Stir in the garlic and ginger, and cook until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Step 2

    Add the olive oil and gochugaru, stirring constantly until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Raise the heat to high and add 2 cups water. Scrape the stuck-on bits off the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon, and bring the broth to a boil.
  3. Step 3

    Add the broccoli rabe and nestle in the shrimp. Reduce the heat and gently simmer the shrimp, turning them once halfway through, until pink and just barely cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes. The broccoli rabe should be bright green and considerably wilted.
  4. Step 4

    Stir in the remaining shallots, the radishes, fish sauce and sugar. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt, gochugaru, fish sauce or sugar as needed.
  5. Step 5

    Serve the stew in wide bowls with a plate on the side for the shrimp shells, and some crusty bread or steamed rice for sopping up the aromatic juices.