Spicy Moroccan Shrimp Tagine Recipe

Often called shrimp al pip-pil, this northern favorite can be either spicy in the sense of piquant, with plenty of cayenne pepper, or spicy in the sense of heavily seasoned with garlic, cumin, sweet paprika and a pinch of cayenne pepper, plus plenty of fresh cilantro and parsley. This Spicy Moroccan Shrimp Tagine recipe is the latter, though you can add firepower as desired. The shrimp can also be prepared in individual terra-cotta dishes and served in an appetizer.

Spicy Moroccan Shrimp Tagine Recipe
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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 medium ripe tomatoes
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds large shrimp
  • 3 slices lemon
  1. In a tagine, flameproof casserole, or heavy skillet or saute pan, add the olive oil, tomatoes, and garlic, and cook uncovered over medium heat until the tomatoes are a deeper red and pulpy, about 12 minutes. 
  2. Reduce the heat to low. Stir in the parsley, cilantro, paprika, cayenne and cumin.
  3. Add the bay leaf and season with salt and pepper. Place the shrimp on top and cook for 1 minute, and then turn.
  4. Place the lemon slices around the edges of the tagine, dribble 2 tablespoons water in the side, cover with the lid, and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Serve bubbling hot in the tagine. 
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