Shrimp in Whiskey Sauce (Langostinos al Whisky)
Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Spanish
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Serves: 4
Shrimp in whiskey sauce is an easy and impressive dish that you can serve with just about anything!
  • 16 Jumbo shrimp or prawns, raw
  • 4 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup of whiskey
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • ½ cup (120 grams) of unsalted butter
  • 2 Tablespoons of chopped parsley
  • A pinch of salt
  1. Depending on how you purchased the shrimp, you have various ways to prepare them. In Spain, it is typical to buy the prawns whole, and not to devain them or peel them prior to preparing. This will give the sauce a richer flavor, but you need to be sure the prawns are fresh when preparing them with their heads attached. You may also choose to buy them already shelled, with only the tail attached for asthetics, and devained.
  2. Once you have the raw shrimp prepared to go into the pan, heat the olive oil in a wide skillet (you don't want to crowd the shrimp) over a high heat.
  3. When the oil is almost smoking (but not quite) add in the prawns and let cook for about 40 seconds per side, sauteeing them bit to coat them evenly in the oil.
  4. Add the garlic and give everything a quick sautee, then remove the prawns with a slotted spoon and let them rest on a plate.
  5. Add the cup of whiskey to the skillet and lower the heat. Let the sauce reduce about ⅓.
  6. Add the lemon juice and let it simmer for a few more minutes.
  7. Add back in the shrimp and coat with the sauce.
  8. Add in the butter and finally the parsley.
  9. Season with salt and serve immediately.
Recipe by Spanish Sabores - Simple Spanish Recipes & Travel Tips at