Roasted Garlic Killer Shrimp

Earlier this year, I wanted to change up’s site design and structure. The current design has served me quite well, but I wanted more features, and let’s face it, given the choice of “same” or “more bling” you know which I’d rear end in a heartbeat.

But the only technical thing I’m good at is the three-finger-salute, Ctrl-Alt-Del. The move is used so often that it’s implanted in my autonomic nervous system, etching a fat path with sparkly pink synapses.  Just this past weekend at the grocery store, I had an altercation with an old, crinkly bastard who apparently forgot to pluck his golf club out of his ass before he stepped off the green and yelled at me for my grocery cart that came within 2 millimeters from his precious blue Volvo convertible. After walking away and cussing under my breath, my fingers automatically went into position and from a distance, I held my hands up and Ctrl-Alt-Deleted his 2-inch forehead. It’s a powerful gesture, one that stops Windows dead in its tracks and also gives me the satisfaction of cursing him from afar. So what if I look dumb, I don’t care.

For the site, customizing fonts and colors were a piece of cake, but changing column widths was like trying to move the Statue of Liberty with a salad fork and cheese grater.

Do you know what HTML stands for? Hyperactive Total Mental Leakage. Oh yeah. And cascading style sheets, or CSS? That’s the sound of my precious brain cells seeping out of my head during moments of spontaneous HTML.

This is worse than learning a new language! At least if I’m flubbing in Spanish, I can supplement with hand gestures. In code-speak, if you’re missing one little tiny “:” the site just shrugs its shoulders, says,

DOES NOT COMPUTE, and heads back to the server for a nap.

Finally, last Friday, after countless hours of coding, testing, tweaking and head banging, I was ready to launch. I announced aloud to my friends that I was going to click this little button, chimes will sound and magically, all the electronic impulses in the universe would align and “poof!” Steamy Kitchen would unveil its new facelift. I held my breath, shut one eye and clicked.


“Dammit! I thought you loved me. Say something! Tell me what you want. Our relationship is so much stronger than a colon.” But still, no response. I should have included a line item for “therapist” in my design budget.

I was so sick of the computer, that for dinner options, I reached for a cookbook instead of searching through my bookmarks. This recipe for Roasted Garlic Killer Shrimp is one that I adapted from a cookbook called,

Crab cookbook co-authored by my friend, Jennifer Jeffrey. The other author, you ask? None other than the famous Andrea Froncillo, exec chef of The Stinking Rose, a garlic restaurant in San Francisco and Beverly Hills.  I modified the recipe by using shrimp instead of crab because I live in a far, far away place that even though surrounded three sides by really deep water, I have absolutely no access to fresh, live crab. Sigh.


This is a “soft” launch of the new site design. What does “soft” mean? It means It means I’m still tweaking the site design and structure. So if you happen to come along knocking on my blog and see me in my underwear painting, hammering and leaking brain cells, you’ll understand. It also means if I f’ up, leave a “:” out of the code and break the site, you’ll also understand, right?!

I can broked new dezign…


Roasted Garlic Killer Shrimp


Garlic Roasted Killer Crab Shrimp

Servings: 4 as part of multicourse meal Prep Time: Cook Time:
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1 lb shell-on shrimp
½ cup white wine
½ stick of butter
3 tbl minced shallots
2 tbl fresh rosemary
1 tsp fresh thyme
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbl olive oil
1 tbl sea salt
crushed red pepper
chopped parsley
loaf of crusty french bread


Preheat oven to 375F.

If you are using extra large shrimp, you can butterfly them, keeping them in the shell, like I did in the photo. Otherwise, leave them whole in the shell. Wash and carefully cut through shell to devein the shrimp while leaving the shell on. The easiest way to do this is with sharp, pointy kitchen shears. Just cut through the back. Heat olive oil and butter in large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. When hot but not smoking, add the shallots, garlic, rosemary, red pepper and thyme. Fry until fragrant. Add wine, salt, pepper. When boiling, turn heat off and toss in the shrimp. Send it off to the oven for 7-10 minutes, or until shrimp is cooked through. Timing will depend on the size of shrimp, check after 7 minutes. Garnish with sea salt, chopped parsley. Serve with bread to soak up the juices.

Contest to Win Free Crab Cookbook!

Jennifer and Andrea have generously given me 5 signed cookbooks to give away!  To enter, just comment below and mention your favorite way to have crab. That’s it! So simple. I’ll draw 5 names on Tuesday December 18th at 11pm.

Good luck!

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Comments 156

  1. Banzai

    There’s a place in town here that has wonderful cajun food so I would have to say that cajun style is my favorite for crab. 🙂

  2. Connie

    I am fortunate enough to live in Sonoma county and drive out to Bodega Bay and buy Dungeness crab direct from the boats. My favorite way to have crab is:
    With 5 or 6 good friends and lots of napkins.

  3. Laura

    Crab cakes on hoagie rolls, not too bloody much breadcrumb filler and LOTS of lemon. Oh, and good iced tea!

    Makes you think spring in the midst of all this snow and yuck, doesn’t it? 🙂

  4. Diana

    Singaporean chili crab or the Vietnamese garlic butter crab, paired up with their garlic noodle. To die for!

    Lunch time is definitely not the right time to read your blog… lunch is looking more miserable by the minute =P

  5. Kate

    My favorite kind of crab is the one my mom makes with tamarind, oyster sauce, and garlic. You are one funny gal Jaden. I love reading your posts.

  6. William

    My grandmother used to boil ’em and then stir-fry em with a 3 onion, black bean sauce…mmm mmm mmm.

  7. Jeff

    steamed the crabs, lay them out on newpapers and grab some nutcrackers and let’s go. oh, don’t forget the soy & garlic dipping sauce. reminds me of home.

  8. chris

    Mmmmm…. crab is my favorite meal. My favorite way to have it is the way this little restaurant in Hawaii makes it. They cover the crab in this roasted garlic butter and it’s soooooooo yummy! You end up with butter and garlic all over your face and hands but it’s worth it!

  9. Cris

    My favorite way of having crab is the way they make it here at the beach, baked in shells and prepared with coconut milk, palm oil, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, and bread crumbs.

  10. Shelley

    My absolute favorite way to eat crab – are crab cakes! They are fabulous with a little lemon juice or a remoulade. I could eat them every day.

  11. Barbara

    My favorite way to have crab……hmmm…..
    Crab cakes
    Crab Eggs Benedict
    Crab Soup (at Ray’s the Steaks, YUM!)
    I could go on and on and on…….

  12. Sofie

    Firt, greetings from Bonn / Germany!
    My favorite way to have crab is the swedish way (like in in the IKEA-advertisement). Cook them in boiling water and enjoy them on a long table with family and friends in the summertimes under an apple tree.

  13. Coyote Holmberg

    Oh how I love crab…. snow or king crab legs, steamed / boiled in water with old bay seasoning, then just drowned in melted butter. OR… crabmeat stuffed portabella mushrooms. third: Crabcakes!!!! And can’t forget crab-dip slathered on crackers!
    Now I’m hungry!!!!!

  14. Susan

    I love your site and your shrimp look delish. I love crab served cold that has been marinated in a tangy, spicy sauce….yummy!

  15. Carol

    I’m with you Jaden, I’m not very technical too and my computer has made me weep plenty of times – isn’t this another one of those ‘Love-Hate’ relationships? HA!HA! The shrimps look fantastic by the way. How I like crabs done? with chilli of course!
    Wishing you, Scott, Andrew and Nathan a wonderful and safe Christmas! xoxoxoxo Carol

  16. Emily Lauren

    I love crab rangoons! I make them annually, and am always tweaking to get the right balance of sweet, salty, and green onion.

    I also like to make it chipotle-cheesy, and stuff it into peppers, with spanish rice. Yum!

  17. Hal

    Jaden, my wife loves your site. She sent me a text message the other night that said “I think you need pictures like steamy kitchen.” 🙁 How’s that for deflating my fledgling-site ego?

    She’s right, though. I had been using a little dinky point and shoot, because it’s so quick and easy (let’s face it, getting out the nice SLR and actually having to work is not as quick and easy as *POINT*CLICK*).

    So, the point… I tried it out tonight, using our *nice* camera (you can probably see the ones I took using the PnS, too). Do you have any thoughts or suggestions?


  18. Lane

    A-way up here in Oregon we go for the big sweet Dungeness Crabs.
    My favorite way of cooking them is to take the cooked crab, break up the shell into legs, body and claws and saute all the parts together with butter, Old Bay seasoning and a bit of pepper. We all sit at the table and make a big ol’ mess sucking crab from the shells. Yum.

    Jaden, I’ve loved seeing your blog grow over the past months. It’s great to read an authentic voice talking about great food. Hope to see you over in this corner of the world one of these days.


  19. coffee

    I have read this post almost 5 times now and laughing away to glory! 🙂 I could give you an oscar for your way with word Jan dear. 🙂

  20. Vivian Sia

    I love steamed crab with egg white. Chopped some spring onion as garnish and enjoy the sauce from the crab.

  21. Madhu

    I am a regular here, simply love your writing style. Just wanted to say your site is a real gem. Keep the good work going! Happy Holidays!

  22. Deborah

    This shrimp dish looks delicious! I eat shrimp more often than crab, but just because it is more available. And try living in Utah – any fresh seafood is pretty rare!! I once had some stuffed mushrooms that had crab in them, and they were pretty awesome!

  23. one food guy

    This are some wild and crazy whole shrimp! What long “arms” they have. “Better to keep me out of the pan” says the shrimp.

    My favorite way to eat crab is either in a crab cake or right out of the shell, like with Jonah crab claws. Mmm…Jonah crab claws with spicy cocktail sauce. Sweet, spicy and delicious!

  24. Judy

    Mmmm. thanks for this recipe! I miss having easy access to fresh dungeness crab, but I would love a good recipe book.

  25. Samantha

    Nothing beats steamed king crab legs with a little butter.

    That picture is just beautiful!

  26. Calvin

    The shrimp looks so tasty! Makes me want to go to the market, buy some shrimp and cook up a nice meal.

    Alaskan King Crab is always tasty as is…but fresh dungeness crab is sooo good…very meaty and the “gooey insides” is creamy.

  27. Lily

    Absolutely love your blog and your kids are such cuties. Looking at your pics always makes me hungry.

    Favor Crab…ways
    1. Short on time to eat- Dungeness Crab cut into 1/4’s saute over high heat with black beans, garlic, ginger, scallions, touch of thin soy sauce, oyster sauce, and of course the tamale.
    2. Hours to worship the sweet crab-Blue crabs cut into 1/4’s saute over high heat with tons of ginger, scallions and again a must is the tamale.
    Yummy, yummy so tasty. I am going to have to make crab this week end be damned the cost.

  28. Christine

    Love crab, hate the trouble. So my favorite way is in a restaurant, where they bring the little sucker over, you say “ok.” they bring it back to wherever and bring out THREE different versions of king crab. My favorite-the steamed, garlic king crab, all cut up and practically falling out of the shell. SOOOO good!

    Love your blog! Referred my fireman brother here cuz he’s got to cook for many hungry, hefty men.

  29. Single Guy Chef

    Sorry to hear about the computer problems. That’s never fun. At least you can drown your sorrows with that great shrimp dish (but hey, they’re big enough to call prawns). Hope to see the new site soon! Don’t give up!

  30. Rose

    I hadn’t ever eaten crab until I met my boyfriend, now fiance, and he introduced me to his favorite food: crab legs. It was the only “fancy” thing he knew how to cook, and we had a lovely, romantic candlelit dinner at home.
    I haven’t had a chance to experiment with different ways of making crab, but I am eager to try; a little worried about messing with their perfect taste though. We just steam them and rip them open and eat them plain or dipped in melted butter…. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.

  31. Ron

    Soft shell crab sandwich while sitting on the dock, having a couple of beers with my pals in Wrightsville, NC.

  32. Dianasaur

    Oooh, living most of my life in Hawaii, my favorite crab dish is definitely sushi. Often they use imitation crab, but I found a great place that uses fresh crab. Yum!

  33. Jill

    I grew up on an intercoastal waterway in north Florida and every other Sunday afternoon my dad would empty the crab trap for dinner. Usually just blue crabs but the occasional stone crab would wander in. Our family’s trick to fabulous , sweet crabmeat was to split the blue crabs down the center (yes, while they are still alive) and rinse them under running water before steaming. Then all of the crabs would be dumped onto the dining room table, which had been covered in several layers of the sunday paper. We used skinny butter knives to get the crabmeat out, dipped the pieces in warm butter and then dredged them through some Old Bay. Yum.

  34. suzie s

    Besides eating a Crab Louie at Scoma’s in S.F., my second favourite way to eat crab is at a local crab feed, with piles of marinated crab surrounding me, with friends and family digging in with the bare hands and eating until we are so full it’s hard to move!

  35. mal carne

    I “borrowed” this last night for some clients. Awesome dish, lots of levels of flavor. I chose to mount a little (considerable amount) of butter at the end to seal the deal.

  36. didally

    Oh.. crabs, my favorite. But your prawn version looks so good. I like your photography style.

  37. Bree

    My favorite way to have crab is with a cold beer 🙂 Preferably cold stone crab with spicy mustard sauce and an Abita Purple Haze.

  38. Michelle

    Even though I always fry my prawns, I love trying out new techniques and this time it’s roasting them. Can’t wait to taste the difference.

  39. Nancy

    my favorite way to have crab is black bean sauce with garlic and eggs mixed in. Yummy…add a drink and a friend and i can sit there all day eating and chatting!

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