Who can resist hot and spicy? This is a guaranteed hit and very easy to prepare. You can serve this as an appetizer with French bread to soak up the garlic flavored olive oil, or you can toss in some of your favorite cooked pasta and serve as a main coarse.
Spicy Garlic Shrimp
1 lb of medium size shrimp, peel and devein (I leave the tails on, but that's up to you)
1/2 cup of olive oil
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 medium cloves of crushed garlic
A dash or two of sea salt
To infuse the flavor of garlic and pepper, pour 1/2 cup of olive oil in a large skillet, add pepper flakes and crushed garlic and let stand for 1/2 hour. When you are ready to cook, turn up the heat high to get the oil nice and hot. Turn heat down to med-high and add 1/2 of the shrimp. Cook shrimp until they turn pink on edges (about 2 minutes per side), turn each shrimp and cook until the entire shrimp is pink (2 minutes). Remove immediately, do not overcook. Place shrimp in a plate and cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining shrimp (there should be plenty of oil left). Place shrimp on a serving dish, pouring some of the oil over the shrimp. Serve with crusty french bread to soak up the flavored spicy olive oil.