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Shrimp in cream sauce

Ale Poached Shrimp in Saffron Cream Sauce

The cream sauce is simmered and reduced using chicken broth and saffron. Rich, savory and elegant and wonderful. Dragging each bite through the silky cream leads to a delightful pairing of flavors.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 14 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 34 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 639kcal


  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 green onions white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 2 Cups heavy cream
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • Pinch of saffron threads
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ounce Two 12- bottles Belgian-style blond ale such as Leffe
  • 1 1/4 pounds shelled and deveined large shrimp tails left on
  • 1 pound thick asparagus—woody ends trimmed tips halved lengthwise and stalks thinly sliced crosswise


  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter in the extra-virgin olive oil. Add the green onions and cook over moderate heat until softened, about 2 minutes.
  • Add the heavy cream, chicken stock and saffron and bring just to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is reduced to 1 3/4 cups, about 15 minutes. Strain the sauce through a fine sieve into a small saucepan and season with salt and pepper. Keep the saffron sauce warm over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, in a large, deep saucepan, bring the ale just to a simmer. Add the shrimp and poach over moderate heat until they are just cooked through, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the shrimp to a plate, pat dry and season with salt and pepper.
  • In a medium saucepan of salted boiling water, blanch the asparagus pieces until they are crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the asparagus to paper towels to drain.
  • Spoon the saffron sauce into shallow bowls, top with the blanched asparagus and poached shrimp and serve.


Calories: 639kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 53g | Saturated Fat: 30g | Cholesterol: 528mg | Sodium: 1580mg | Potassium: 542mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2754IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 321mg | Iron: 6mg