Poached Shrimp with Lemon-Horseradish Dipping Sauce

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Yield: Makes 2 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


Any shrimp will work in this recipe, but for the best-tasting, most sustainable choice, go for American farmed or wild shrimp.


1 cup dry white wine

6 whole black peppercorns

1/2 lemon

1 Turkish bay leaf

Pinch of coarse kosher salt

8 uncooked unpeeled large shrimp

1/4 cup crème fraîche or sour cream

1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives

1 teaspoon prepared white horseradish

1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon peel

Coarse kosher salt

Whole fresh chives (for garnish)


Fill medium bowl with ice water; set aside. Combine 2 cups water, wine, and next 4 ingredients in medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Add shrimp; reduce heat to low, cover, and poach just until shells are pink and shrimp are opaque in center, 3 to 4 minutes. Using slotted spoon, transfer shrimp to bowl with ice water; reserve poaching liquid and lemon half. Drain and peel shrimp, leaving tails intact. Devein shrimp.

Squeeze juice from reserved lemon half into poaching liquid in pan. Boil liquid until reduced to generous 2 tablespoons, about 20 minutes. Strain; cool.

Mix crème fraîche, chopped chives, horseradish, lemon peel, and 1 tablespoon reduced poaching liquid in small bowl. Season sauce with coarse salt and black pepper. DO AHEAD: Shrimp and sauce can be made 1 day ahead. Cover separately; chill.

Spoon dipping sauce into short glasses. Arrange shrimp on rims. Garnish with whole fresh chives.