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Shrimp in Mustard Sauce

June 22, 2010


I love to start a dinner with shrimp but sometimes it is fun to make something other than the typical shrimp cocktail (although I love those as well).  These are quite spicy with the mustard and crushed red pepper and will certainly let your guests know they are going to enjoy a variety of flavors in the coming meal.  I first made this recipe when I was making Brazil’s national dish “Feijoada” for dinner (see below for the entire menu) with many other Brazilian inspired dishes, but now I make this appetizer quite frequently.  “Feijoada” is the typical Brazilian dinner for New Year’s Eve but why wait?  I make it at any time during the year.

 Shrimp in Mustard Sauce


  • 1 Lb, Shrimp (shelled and deveined)
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 2 Lemons
  • 1 T. Tarragon (chopped finely)
  • 1/4 C. Parsley (chopped)
  • 2 T. Shallots (finely chopped)
  • 1/8 C. Tarragon Vinegar
  • 1/8 c. Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 C. Olive Oil
  • 2 T. Dijon Mustard
  • 1 T. Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 t. Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper


  1. Cook the shrimp in boiling water (with bay leaves, tarragon and 1 lemon cut in half)
  2. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Mix the remaining ingredients together and pour over the warm shrimp
  4. Mix well so that all the shrimp will be coated
  5. Squeeze juice of 1 lemon over shrimp mixture, cover and refrigerate
  6. Serve in bowls, passing around to guests with toothpicks

(Serves 4)

Adapted from “Great Dinners from Life” by Eleanor Graves

“The Menu”

Shrimp in Mustard Sauce


Black Beans

Brazilian Rice

Roast Glazed Loin of Pork


Sliced Oranges

Onions in Hot Sauce

Baked Bananas with Rum

Coconut Almond Ice Cream

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Ann permalink
    June 3, 2012 16:18

    Suggestion on using something other than tarragon? Thanks

    • June 4, 2012 19:08

      Any of your favorites, parsley, cilantro, chives or none at all. Thanks for your visit.

  2. June 23, 2010 16:44

    Yummy! I love the sound, I love the look… Definitely want to try this one : D

    • June 23, 2010 18:15

      Thank you so much for looking. They are really delicous and unexpected for guests which is always nice. Love and Love your site and recipes. Thank you for sharing your recipes and easy ways to make beautiful food.

  3. June 28, 2010 20:05

    Sounds good, not too much food.


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