The garlic gives this shrimp dish fabulous flavor, and I always add an extra clove or a dash garlic powder to intensify that flavor. If you don't have fresh garlic, add about 1/4 teaspoon of a good quality garlic powder when you add the parsley.
Serve the dish with sliced fresh vegetables or a tossed salad, or steam some broccoli or green beans.
- 1 to 1 1/2 pounds medium to large shrimp
- 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
- 1/4 cup chopped green onion or minced shallots
- 1 small clove garlic, crushed and finely minced
- 1 bottle (8 ounces) clam juice or 1 cup of seafood stock*
- 2 cups water**
- 2 teaspoons chicken base or bouillon granules**
- 1/4 cup pecan halves
- Peel, devein, and rinse the shrimp under cold running water. Drain well and transfer to a bowl. Cover and refrigerate.
- Heat the oven to 350 F (180 C/Gas 4).
- In a large, heavy skillet or saute pan, heat butter over medium-low heat.
- Add rice to the hot butter and cook, stirring, until the rice is lightly browned. Add the parsley, shallots or green onion, and garlic.
- In a saucepan, heat clam juice, water, and chicken base to a simmer over high heat. Add the hot liquid to rice mixture and then transfer to a 1 1/2- to 2-quart casserole.
- Cover the casserole and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the rice has absorbed the liquid and is tender. Add shrimp and pecans; cover and bake 15 minutes longer.
*The clam juice adds subtle flavor to the dish, but feel free to substitute water and another teaspoon of base if you don't have clam juice or seafood stock. Or replace the clam juice with vegetable broth.
**You may use a good quality low sodium chicken broth and omit the water and base or bouillon granules.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Tips and Variations
- Clam juice is a good pantry item to have on hand, and it has a surprisingly long shelf life. It can be used for seafood dishes like this one and in gumbos, soups, and stews.
- If using frozen raw shrimp, thaw them under cold running water before adding to the casserole.
- If using frozen cooked shrimp, thaw them under cold running water and add them to the casserole with the pecans and bake just long enough to heat through.
- Saute 6 to 8 ounces of mushrooms with the rice.
- To get deeper flavor from the pecans, toast them before adding to the casserole