Shrimp and Clams

Pearl couscous, otherwise called Israeli or mammoth couscous, is cooked here in a stock produced using the heads and shells of the shrimp, making it superbly rich yet similarly calming. Put the dish in the focal point of your eating table, close by something green (steamed French beans or sautéed chard or spinach), and you have a genuine festival.

  • 1 pound/around 400 grams crude head-on, shell-on shrimp or tiger prawns (ideally 12 additional enormous shrimp or extra large prawns, however any size will work)
  • 7 tablespoons/105 milliliters olive oil
  • 5 generally slashed garlic cloves, in addition to 1 pulverized garlic clove
  • Salt and dark pepper
  • 1 little fennel knob, finely hacked (around 1 piling glass)
  • ¾ pound/300 grams cherry tomatoes
  • 2 lemons, 1 finely shaved to get 5 segments of strip and pressed to get 1 tablespoon juice, and the other cut into wedges for serving
  • 5 tarragon sprigs (around 1/2 ounce/10 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato glue
  • ⅔ container/150 milliliters Pernod (or a comparable anise alcohol)
  • 1 ¼ containers/300 milliliters chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon red-chile chips
  • 1 ¼ containers/200 grams pearl (or mammoth) couscous
  • ½ pound/250 grams little mollusks (around 12, for example, Dorset, littleneck or Manila, washed well


Bend the heads off the shrimp and place the heads in a medium bowl. Leaving the tails connected, strip off the shells, add them to a similar bowl and put aside. Devein the shrimp, at that point add them to a medium bowl with 1 tablespoon oil, 1 smashed garlic clove, 1/4 teaspoon salt and a lot of pepper. Combine and put shrimp aside to marinate for 30 minutes or somewhere in the vicinity.

In the interim, warm an expansive sauté skillet, for which you have a top, over high warmth. Include 1 tablespoon oil, the slashed fennel and 1/8 teaspoon salt. Sear for around 5 minutes, blending once in a while, until carmelized. Exchange the fennel to a plate, clean the container off and come back to a high warmth. Include the tomatoes and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, hurling the skillet from time to time until scorched in spots. Put the tomatoes aside. Leave the dish to cool for several minutes, at that point clean it off and come back to a medium warmth.

Include 3 tablespoons/45 milliliters oil to the dish alongside the lemon strip, tarragon and the 5 cleaved garlic cloves. Gradually broil for 5 minutes until the point that the garlic is brilliant and the tarragon turns out to be splendid green and fresh. Expel half of the tarragon and put aside, to serve.

Increment the warmth to medium-high, include the shrimp shells and heads and sear for 7 minutes, mixing now and then until fresh and pink, modifying the warmth as essential so the garlic doesn’t start to consume. Include the tomato glue and 1/2 teaspoon salt, and sear for an additional 2 minutes, blending habitually.

Cautiously pour in the Pernod and let it bubble away for a moment (it might fire), at that point include the stock and 2 1/2 glasses/600 milliliters of water and stew delicately for 12 minutes, blending once in a while. Utilize a potato masher to pound the shrimp heads a couple of times as they cook to discharge however much flavor as could be expected.

In the interim, in a different little skillet over medium warmth, include the fennel seeds and 2 tablespoons oil and cook until the point when the seeds start to pop. Put aside until the point when prepared to serve.

Strain the stock, disposing of the shells, heads and aromatics, at that point come back to a similar skillet. (You ought to have around 3 1/4 container/775 milliliters stock.) Add the lemon juice, chile drops, cooked fennel, 3/4 of the singed tomatoes and a lot of pepper and cook at an exposed stew for 5 minutes, or until the point when the tomatoes start to part.

Blend in the couscous, convey to a stew at that point lessen the warmth to medium. Cover the container and cook for 5 minutes, until the point that the couscous is cooked through yet at the same time holds a chomp.

Include the mollusks, cover the dish and cook until they all open, 4 to 5 minutes. Top with the remaining roasted tomatoes and put aside while you broil the shrimp.

While the shellfishes cook, put a substantial, nonstick griddle over a high warmth. When it’s extremely hot, include a large portion of the shrimp, so as not to pack the container. Sear for around 1/2 minutes on each side, or until fresh and brilliant dark colored outwardly and cooked inside, at that point rehash with the rest of the shrimp.

Orchestrate the shrimp, alongside the garlic and any oil, over the couscous in the container, at that point shower the fennel seed oil over everything. Top with the singed tarragon and present with the lemon wedges close by.

Updated: January 26, 2019 — 5:55 pm

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