The goal of this recipe is to create a dish that will be healthy, low calorie and rich in flavor. The combination of shrimp, romaine lettuce, spinach and garlic butter makes a very healthy meal.

It’s the summer of grilled Romaine. The first time I tried grilled Romaine, I was blown away by how tender and tasty it was. It was such a creative and tasty way to add crunch to salads, and it made me think of a dish I had once tried in Argentina. The Argentineans have a tradition of using fresh local produce and beef in their classic paellas, so we thought it would be fun to make a version of the dish using local shrimp.

I’ve been doing a lot of cooking lately and I’ve been trying everything that’s been on the radar. I’m not saying that I’ve mastered the art of cooking but I do know that I like to try new things. And I think that’s something that we can all relate to.

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Hanging out with friends and family, swimming, grilling, and eating a great dinner on the patio are some of my favorite summer activities.

Garlic Butter Argentinean Shrimp with Salad de Romaine Grillée is a show-stopping but simple dish that pairs well with a cool Stella Artois® Beer.

Stella Artois® Solstice Lager Beer is a good match for this dish. Stella Solstice is a delightful, refreshing golden lager with delicate citrus flavors and a clean, crisp finish thanks to triple filtration.

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Don’t you want to get right in? This is where you’ll find me during the summer. But first, let’s prepare the meal.

You’ll Need the Following Ingredients

Although this dish has few components, it is elevated by the use of high-quality shrimp and vegetables. All of my fresh ingredients were purchased from my neighborhood Fry’s.

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2 cases of Stella Artois Beer with bag of romaine hearts, bag or Argentinean Red Shrimp, parmesan cheese block, and butter slices.

For the garlic butter shrimp, you’ll need a bag of frozen Argentinean Red Shrimp, Butter, Garlic, (salt & pepper), and lemon slices for garnishing. For the grilled romaine salad, you’ll need Romaine Hearts, an easy homemade dressing, and parmesan cheese for shaving onto the salad.

How to Make a Dressing at Home

With an unusual ingredient, I’m making a Caesar dressing with a twist. Instead of anchovies and eggs, I use Dijon mustard, lemon, garlic, olive oil, and fish sauce in my Caesar dressing.

Small glass mason jar with dressing and condiments used to make it in the background.

I know it seems strange to put fish sauce in a salad dressing, but believe me when I say it works! If you truly don’t want to use it, salt may be used instead. In a glass jar, combine all of the ingredients and keep the dressing refrigerated until ready to use.

How to Cook Shrimp on the Grill

Thaw the shrimp in cold water for 5 minutes at a time until completely thawed. You’re in for a treat if you’ve never tried Argentinean Red Shrimp! It has a similar flavor and feel like lobster.

On the barbecue, I like using a cast iron skillet. Place a couple thin slices of butter and thinly sliced garlic on the bottom of the pan. Then arrange the shrimp on top, followed by additional sliced butter and garlic.

Raw shrimp in a cast iron skillet with slices of butter and sliced garlic on top.

I used salted butter and added salt & pepper to taste. If you’re using unsalted butter, add a little extra salt. After 3 minutes, stir the shrimp around in the pan and cook for another 2-3 minutes on a 400-degree grill.

Shrimp cooking on the grill in a cast iron skillet.

Once cooked, the shell should be a brilliant pink color and the flesh should no longer be opaque. Because the flesh doesn’t overcook and there’s more taste, I like to cook shrimp with the shell on. The Argentinean shrimp, on the other hand, can be skinned.

Then, for color, add a lemon slice and chopped parsley or cilantro to the shrimp. I prefer to serve the shrimp in the pan, but be sure to wrap the handle with a towel so no one gets burned.

Shrimp in a cast iron skillet garnished with lemon slices and cilantro leaves.

How to Cook Romaine Hearts on the Grill

After rinsing and drying the Romaine hearts, cut them in half lengthwise. It’s easier to keep the leaves from unraveling if the stalk is still intact. Then brush or spray both sides with olive oil and put cut side down on a hot grill for a minute before flipping for another minute.

The romaine should be slightly browned but not totally wilted. Serve with the homemade dressing, shaved parmesan, and lemon peel pieces on top of the grilled romaine.

Blue plate with shrimp, slice of grilled bread, halved grilled romaine, and a bottle of Stella Artois Beer.

How to Serve Shrimp with Grilled Romaine

With some beautiful flowers, candles, colorful dishes, and chilled bottles of Stella Artois and Stella Solstice, you can set the tone for an exquisite dinner. A few extra touches transform an ordinary dinner into a memorable evening with friends or family.

Your table is all set!

Hand holding a plate above the table with Stella Artois Beers and skillet with shrimp.

Half a romaine heart per person is a reasonable approximation for serving size, and 1 pound of shrimp feeds 3-4 people. I also made a sourdough bread with grilled pieces to soak up the garlic butter from the shrimp! Even the thinly sliced garlic is delicious.

A spectacular dinner doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming to prepare; instead, pop open a cool Stella Artois and toast to a wonderful time!

Table setup with plates, grilled romaine, Stella Artois Beers and skillet with shrimp.

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Looking for more grilling ideas? Check out the following:

Thai Chicken Wings on the Grill

Tacos de carne asada fácil

Hot Dogs from Sonora

Blue plate with grilled shrimp, grilled romaine, and a slice of bread.

Recipe for Shrimp with Garlic Butter with Grilled Romaine

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Butter with garlic Argentinean shrimp and grilled romaine salad is a show-stopping but simple summertime dinner!

Time to Prepare: 10 minutes

Time to cook: 8 minutes

18 minutes total

Course Description:

American cuisine

Instructions 

Garlic Butter Shrimp

  • Place frozen shrimp in a bowl of cold water and change the water every 5 minutes until they are thawed. Normally, drain after 15 minutes. I like to keep the shrimp skin on because it avoids overcooking and adds flavor.

  • Combine a couple thin slices of butter and garlic in a cast iron pan. Then add the shrimp and top with additional butter and garlic slices. Salt & pepper to taste.

  • Place in a 400 degree grill and cook for 3 minutes. Open grill and toss shrimp around then cook for an additional 2 minutes or until flesh is no longer opaque. Try not to overcook the shrimp. Garnish with lemon slices and serve in the skillet with a towel around the handle to prevent burning.

Grilled Romaine Salad

  • Cut the Romaine heart in half lengthwise after washing it. Leaving the stem on helps to keep the leaves from unraveling. Brush or spray both sides of the romaine with oil, then cook cut side down for 1-2 minutes before flipping to grill the other side. You want burned markings on your lettuce, but not too much wilting.

  • Serve the romaine salad with dressing and shaved parmesan cheese on top. To serve on the side, grill some sliced bread.

Notes

Because the grilled romaine becomes mushy if it stays too long, this dish is best served immediately away. I’d start by grilling the bread and keeping it warm in a bread basket. After that, cook the shrimp before grilling the romaine. To get the most flavor out of the romaine, drizzle it with the dressing while it’s still hot.

 

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