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Shrimps Sautéed in Umeboshi Butter

 

 

Shrimps sautéed in Umeboshi Butter

 

I tasted this dish for the first time in Watusi, a cool cocktail lounge on Ossington Street. I was fascinated by the name, as I had no idea what umeboshi was. When I tasted the dish all I knew was that umeboshi was delicious!

When I got home that night a quick Google search revealed that umeboshi are a Japanese pickled plum, commonly used to flavor or accompany Rice. The next time I was in T. & T. Supermarket (my favorite place for shopping Asian foods) I had a look in the Japanese section and found that they in fact carried umeboshi. They are a small, bright red plum (actually closer to an apricot) and they are sold either whole, in a plastic container, or in a tube as paste. I chose the whole ones since they looked prettier. They have a sort of sour and salty taste. Chopped up and lightly sautéed in butter with the shrimps they create a unique flavor that really enhances the seafood. I’ve done this same preparation with scallops as well and it’s delicious.

Linsey suggested that we marry the shrimps with a  delicately seasoned rice, since that’s the traditional Japanese way of using the umeboshi. This can be served as an appetizer, a tapas item or a main course. I personally like to serve these shrimp in the shell, since the peeling of them involves a lot of finger licking! However if you’re serving this to more decorous guests you may want to peel the shrimps first, as we’ve done here (or buy the “zipper back” ones that have been cut and veined before freezing). Just be sure not to overcook the shrimp; sauté them until they just turn pink and the flesh firms up. Any longer and they become chewy and lose their flavor.

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Photo Credits:  Photography by Rob Davidson
Food Styling by Linsey Bell
Assistant: Adriana Garcia Cruz

 

 

Shrimps sautéed in Umeboshi Butter

 

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6 responses

  1. Arlene

    I love the clarity ..So luscious!

    October 17, 2010 at 8:46 am

  2. Jun

    Whoaaa looks very tempting!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 7:47 am

  3. I love umeboshi! I nevernever would have thought to pair them with shrimp or scallops, though. I think this is pure genius.

    Thanks for posting this!

    December 3, 2010 at 8:26 am

  4. You shoot amazing photograhps!! thank you for generously sharing your photo technique! i subscribed you 🙂

    December 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm

  5. I like the sound of using umeboshi like this!

    January 1, 2011 at 11:13 am

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