Garlicky shrimp get a cognac bath

A quick sauté of three wonderful ingredients creates a simple shrimp dish with outstanding results.

Quick and easy garlic-cognac shrimp recipe

I use liquors often in cooking because it sometimes makes a normal-tasting dish develop a great flavor. That means that I tend to ransack our liquor cupboard often. Fortunately, my husband is not so protective of the liquor bottles that he keeps there. I have a strong liking for brandy, cognac and rum. In this case, I splashed in some of this French liquor, and the simple sautéed shrimp turned out extra special without any extra effort.

Quick and easy garlic-cognac shrimp recipe

Serves 2


  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 chili, seeded and chopped
  • 1 pound shrimp
  • 5 tablespoons cognac
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fresh parsley, finely chopped


  1. Over medium heat, in a saucepan with extra-virgin olive oil, sauté the garlic and chili. Toss for 1 minute.
  2. Add the shrimp and toss for 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the cognac, then cook for another 3 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with the parsley.

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