Garlic Ketchup Shrimp

This global pandemic has definitely brought upon the inner chef in us. I also decided to restrict myself from heading out as much as possible and when I can I try to buy enough food for an entire cutoff roughly about 2 weeks. I also try to have something to look forward to each week and that means treating myself to a nice meal over the weekend and this week I made some Garlic Ketchup Shrimp. 

Disclaimer: I am not a professional chef and what I do is basically according to preference. The good thing about cooking is that you can adjust it to your liking. I would also address that I do not devein my shrimp - why? Well, I grew up eating and having shrimp prepared that way by my parents. Also, we lived in a coastal area and we are getting shrimps fresh from the catch of the day. When I finally had the chance to cook for myself, I never had the energy to do that too. So there's that. But, hey you do you.

Let's get cooking!

Step 1: Ingredients are pantry staples.

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Butter
  • Ketchup
  • Thai Chili sauce *optional
  • Sriracha *optional

If you cook and bake, you can definitely be a stickler for butter and that goes for what I choose when I shop.

I got this German branded butter in the groceries and it was perfect. I love good butter! I prefer foreign branded versus the local ones - I just don't like that artificial aftertaste.

Step 2: Cook shrimp

If you keep your shrimp frozen like I do. Also, do you portion your shrimp? Because I do! 

Just cook your shrimps on a hot pan until it turns orange. Yes, cook it without oil. Drain the water as necessary.

Once cooked, set aside.

Step 3: Cook the aromatics

Add butter on the same pan you cooked the shrimps in (yes, we will cook in one pan!) and cook your aromatics until transparent.

Step 4: Add ketchup and some Thai Chili sauce

While the aromatics are cooking, add some ketchup, Thai Chili sauce, and Sriracha for some added kick.

Since I love the taste of ketchup, so I add more ketchup compared to the Thai Chili but if I am a bit sassy I switch it up a bit. 

Step 5: Add shrimp

Cook until well coated.

Step 6: Serve 

Served with freshly cooked rice, a cold glass of your favorite soda, or beer. Whatever works for you. And definitely dig in with your hands.    

What have you been cooking to keep you happy every weekend? Share some in the comments.

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