Honey-Chai Poached Shrimp

Although honey is often paired with tea, shrimp is not

By / Photography By Jacob Lewkow | March 15, 2016

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons loose black tea
  • 1 (1-inch) piece of ginger
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 3 pieces star anise
  • ½ tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • 5 whole cloves
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ pound shrimp with shells on

Instructions

Place water, tea, ginger, cinnamon, anise, peppercorns and cloves in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil, then remove from heat. Steep tea mixture for 10 to 15 minutes; strain solids, reserving liquid. Stir honey into hot tea.

Return tea mixture to a simmer (160 to 180°); add shrimp and slowly poach until cooked, about 10 minutes. Remove shrimp with slotted spoon, and peel. Serve warm with rice or chilled with cocktail sauce.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Chef ’s Note: For an even more complex flavor, allow the steeped tea mixture to sit overnight at room temperature before poaching.

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons loose black tea
  • 1 (1-inch) piece of ginger
  • 2 whole cinnamon sticks
  • 3 pieces star anise
  • ½ tablespoons whole black peppercorns
  • 5 whole cloves
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ pound shrimp with shells on

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