Peter Canlis Shrimp

Vicki Butts (lazyme)


Canlis, Seattle, Washington. Peter Canlis was one of the most influential restaurateurs in Seattle's early years of fine dining. A testament to his impact is the fact that Canlis is still open more than fifty years later, the tradition now continued by his son, Chris, and daughter-in-law, Alice. For the complete depth of shrimp flavor in this recipe, use the optional shrimp butter to finish the dish. It is made by cooking the shrimp shells with butter, which draws a surprising amount of flavor into the butter. From The Best Northwest Places Cookbook (Volume 2) Cynthia C. Nims.


★★★★★ 1 vote

15 Min
20 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 12 large
    shrimp (about 16 per pound), peeled, deveined, shells reserved for shrimp butter below
  • 1 tsp
    dreid red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp
    chopped garlic
  • 2 tsp
    freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 c
    dry vermouth
  • 1/4 c
    butter for shrimp butter below
  • ·
    mesclun, mixed young salad greens, for garnish

How to Make Peter Canlis Shrimp


  1. HEAT THE OLIVE OIL in a large skillet over medium-high heat until hot and just beginning to smoke.
  2. Add the shrimp and cook until lightly browned, about 2 minutes on each side, and then pour off any oil remaining in the pan.
  3. Add, in this order, the red pepper flakes, garlic, lime juice, and vermouth, and then simmer to reduce the liquid by half, 1 to 2 minutes, shaking the pan gently.
  4. Add the butter, take the pan from the heat, and swirl the pan to gently melt the butter and incorporate it into the pan juices.
  5. SPOON THE SHRIMP and the butter sauce onto individual plates, garnish with a small mound of mesclun, and serve immediately.
  6. NOTE:
    To make shrimp butter, melt 1/2 cup unsalted butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat, then add the shells from the shrimp and cook until the shrimp shells are deep red and the butter is quite aromatic, about 10 minutes. Strain the butter to remove the shells, and then chill. Keep the butter cold until just before adding it to the cooked shrimp.

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About Peter Canlis Shrimp

Course/Dish: Seafood Appetizers
Main Ingredient: Seafood
Regional Style: American

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