Easy Super Bowl Party Food: Poached Shrimp with Aioli

What are you going to serve at your Super Bowl party this year? As a caterer, I’m often asked to prepare shrimp for my clients. It’s always one of the most popular items on the menu, and most guests gravitate towards the shrimp on the buffet table or as a passed appetizer. Kids and adults seem to love it equally. Versatile and fast-cooking, shrimp is delicious on its own or served with any number of sauces. It can be prepared in several ways such as sautéing, broiling, grilling and poaching.

Poaching is one of the easiest ways to prepare shrimp and it requires no added fat. Poaching is also a great cooking technique because it results in a nice, moist texture.

You simply boil some water and wine together with some salt and flavorings and then add raw shrimp that have been peeled and deveined; cook for one to three minutes, depending on the size of the shrimp. Shrimp are fully cooked when they turn pink and feel firm to the touch. To make cooking shrimp even easier, you can purchase shrimp that have already been shelled and the vein removed.

All shrimp are sold by size, whether they are labeled by the actual count per pound or by a name, such as jumbo or medium. Shrimp are usually labeled both ways to help you figure out what size you are buying. For example, shrimp that are labeled as “Jumbo Shrimp” might also be marked as “16-20,” meaning 16 to 20 shrimp per pound.

For a fast and easy appetizer that will be a hit at this year’s Super Bowl party, try Poached Shrimp with Aioli.


Poached Shrimp with Aioli
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Poached Shrimp with Aioli is an easy-to-make appetizer that everybody loves.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American, French
Serves: 6

  • For Shrimp:
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 20 whole black peppercorns
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp (16-20 pound; peeled and deveined, tail left on)
  • For Aioli:
  • 1 cup mayonaisse
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced

  1. To prepare shrimp: Bring water, wine, peppercorns, lemon juice, bay leaves and a large pinch of salt to boil in a medium saucepan. Add shrimp and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until they turn pink and are firm to the touch.
  2. Drain and immediately plunge shrimp into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking and chill them down. When cold; drain and pat dry.
  3. To prepare aioli: Mix together mayonnaise and garlic in a small bowl. Serve with shrimp.

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