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Kuwaiti Shrimp Spaghetti

This looks so plain, and it tastes so good. It’s especially good with Kuwaiti shrimp in season – I’ve never seen such big shrimp, and Adventure Man says he thinks they are the best tasting shrimp in the world.

You need really good olive oil. You need as much garlic as you can handle (think building up your immunities for the cold season to come) and fresh washed cilantro. You need some fresh walnuts or pine nuts. If you are using walnuts, break them with your fingers, you don’t want them too small. Saute:

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Clean the shrimp. (Or pay a little extra and have them cleaned at the fish market or Sultan Center) Make a thin slice down the back and pull out that unsightly intestine. (They say it causes no harm, but . . .better safe, and it looks a whole lot nicer) Check the pan, is everything lightly sizzling? Add the shrimp!

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Saute that shrimp until just pink, just cooked through, but still soft and juicy.

Drain your cooked spaghetti (hint: break the spaghetti strands into halfs or even thirds for easier eating if you are eating with others) and quickly put it back in the cooking pot. Put it back on the burner, turned off but still warm, and add the olive oil, shrimp, etc. Use a wooden spoon and get at all out of the frying pan, and stir it well into the pasta.

Spoon into bowls. Most people don’t put cheese on a seafood pasta, but if you have a really good parmesan, freshly grated . . . we won’t tell! ;-) Salt to taste.

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Did I tell you the Qatteri Cat won’t eat meat? He makes an exception for sardines, tuna water, and SHRIMP. As none of these seem to be very good for him, he only gets a little, now and then, as a special treat:

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Bon appetite!

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September 29, 2007 - Posted by | Cooking, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Kuwait, Recipes

19 Comments »

  1. @@ ! Am hungry!!

    Looks yummy & might try it soon – QC is soooooooooooooooooo cute !

    Comment by chikapappi | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  2. those are some huge shrimps!

    Comment by Purgatory | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  3. Chikapappi – Key words – SOOOOO EASSSYYY.

    Purg – Those are small fries compared to the ones I saw in the fish market today. They were HUGE. HUGE! And they were asking 5.6KD/Kilo. Enjoy!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  4. I have one word for you: Emrabyan!!

    Comment by The Aggressor | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  5. Aggressor – Emrabyan? Uh oh – is that like “get thee behind me, devil?”

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 29, 2007 | Reply

  6. wait.. you made all of this for the cat :O that lucky thing! i wish i was a cat :(

    Comment by nQ | September 30, 2007 | Reply

  7. LLLOOOLLLLLLL! The Qatteri Cat only gets one small piece of cooked shrimp. Raw shrimp make him throw up. too much fish gives him urinary tract problems. When I give him tuna water, he only gets a little, diluted with a LOT of water. He still thinks its a treat. The spaghetti – it’s for US! Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Last night we had Kuwaiti shrimp that were humungous. I have never seen shrimp so big. And they sautee’d up juicy and tasty.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 30, 2007 | Reply

  8. LOL – ok, now things are clearer.. also when it comes to qatteri’s urinary problems hahhHAH .. umm alright, ciao

    Comment by nQ | September 30, 2007 | Reply

  9. ooh.

    Walnut and cilantro with shrimp and Pasta?

    Could I add bacon?

    Comment by heartodarkness | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  10. ooh.

    Walnut and cilantro with shrimp and pasta? What an interesting combo!

    Could I add bacon?

    Comment by heartodarkness | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  11. Heeeee heeeeee Heartodarkness – could you add bacon in the Sudan? I love the flavor of bacon, but to me, it seems wrong with this recipe. I might have to try it one day!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  12. When am I invited :D

    Comment by Elijah | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  13. Sweet Elijah, any time! Ahlen wa sahlen.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  14. :D thank you, btw when I was in Italy, I loved the was spaghetti with clams or lobster, can you make that instead :D

    Comment by Elijah | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  15. Pasta Vongole! Si, si! I have never tried pasta with lobster, I like my lobster grilled and served with a little melted butter and lemon, simple, sweet!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  16. That looks really tasty! The walnuts seem like they would work really nicely… I might have to try it out soon! thanks for sharing.

    http://www.chocolateshavings.ca

    Comment by chocolateshavings | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  17. ChocolateShavings – your blog is awesome for foodies!

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 1, 2007 | Reply

  18. Is QC mostly vegetarian? What does he eat?

    Comment by Maria | October 2, 2007 | Reply

  19. He mostly eats dry cat food, Maria, but he won’t touch cat food with meat in it, like lamb or chicken, only with fish. Strange cat. And yes, he will eat fresh cooked vegetables.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 2, 2007 | Reply


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