Shrimp alla Speciale

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Shrimp Alla Speciale is a dish I created while trying to utilize all the extra vegetables in my refrigerator. It a simple dish that can be served as a full dinner or as an appetizer. Shrimp if definitely one of my favorite foods due to its taste and versatility.

No matter if you fry them, bake them, broil them, grill them or sauté them they always turn out flavorful. With this Shrimp Alla Speciale recipe I use a simple marinade and plenty of sautéed vegetables to compliment the shrimp.

Always use fresh vegetables when preparing any recipe. In this recipe I use plenty of garlic and julienne cut vegetables to add to the presentation of the dish.


  • 1 pound of jumbo shrimp
  • 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1 tsp of dried basil
  • 2 Tbls of lemon zest
  • 1 Tbls of butter
  • 3 garlic clove, chopped
  • 1 bunch of long green onions, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, julienne cut (matchsticks)
  • 1 small red pepper, julienne cut
  • 1 small zucchini, julienne cut
  • 1 small carrot, julienne cut
  • 1 stalk of celery, julienne cut
  • 8 baby portabella mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup of dry white wine
  • 1 15oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup of fresh chopped Italian parsley


  • Peal and devein the shrimp and place in a large sealable baggy.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of oil in the bag.
  • Mix in the oregano, basil, 1 clove of garlic and the lemon zest. Seal the bag and refrigerate overnight or a few hours.
  • In a large skillet sauté the remaining garlic, onions, green pepper, red pepper, carrot, mushrooms, celery and zucchini in the remaining oil and butter until slightly tender.
  • Add the shrimp and sauté for 3 minutes.
  • Add the wine and reduce in half.
  • Add the tomatoes and parsley and heat through.

    Serve with a crusty loaf of Italian bread or over pasta.

    Serves 4 people.

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