So much more than a condiment for your morning eggs, hot sauce can add kick to dips, soups, marinades, sauces and more. Because most include vinegar and salt in addition to chiles, all hot sauce needs to become a silky pan sauce is fat. That’s the approach used in this super-quick recipe, which tastes like a cross between Buffalo chicken wings and chile shrimp. After charring some scallions in the skillet, shrimp are cooked until plump and pink, then both are tossed with butter and hot sauce until glossy. Because hot sauces vary greatly in terms of heat, start with one tablespoon, then add more as you wish. If it’s too spicy for you, add more butter, or serve it with rice, crusty bread, beer, yogurt or ranch dressing to cut the heat.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1 ½pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined or shell-on
- Kosher salt
- 3tablespoons unsalted butter, cold and cubed
- 1tablespoon hot sauce, plus more to taste
- 2tablespoons neutral oil (like vegetable or grapeseed), plus more as needed
- 6scallions, trimmed, white and green parts cut crosswise into 1-inch segments
Step 1Pat the shrimp dry and season with 1 teaspoon salt. Put the butter and hot sauce in a large bowl.
Step 2Heat the oil in a large (12-inch) cast-iron skillet over high. Add the scallions and cook until softened and browned in spots, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the scallions to the bowl with the butter and hot sauce.
Step 3Add the shrimp to the skillet in a single layer and cook, undisturbed, until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes, adding more oil if the pan is dry. Flip and cook until opaque all the way through, 1 to 2 minutes more.
Step 4Transfer the shrimp and any juices to the butter, hot sauce and scallions. Toss vigorously until the butter is melted and the shrimp is glossy. Taste, and add more hot sauce and salt as needed.