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Grilled Paprika Shrimp

Grilled Paprika Shrimp


  • 1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined

  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO), for drizzling

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked sweet paprika (half a scant palmful)

  • 1 teaspoon onion powder (1/3 palmful)

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder (eyeball it)

  • Salt and pepper

  • Juice of 1 lime

  • A small handful of cilantro or flat leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped

  • 1 slightly underripe avocado, pitted, removed from skin and very thinly sliced or diced

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

  • 8 large tortillas, heated to soften slightly

  • 2 plum or vine-ripened tomatoes, seeded and diced

  • 4 scallions, very thinly sliced or chopped

  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • Cooking spray


Pre-heat an outdoor grill, indoor griddle or grill pan to medium-high heat. Dress the shrimp lightly in EVOO, then season with the smoked sweet paprika, onion powder and garlic powder; season with salt and pepper. Thread the shrimp onto metal skewers. Grill until pink and firm, about 2 minutes on each side. Douse with the lime juice, then remove the shrimp from the skewers and chop; sprinkle with the cilantro or parsley. Dress the avocado with the lemon juice. Build the quesadillas on the tortillas in assembly line fashion: On one half of each tortilla, arrange the shrimp, tomatoes, scallions, avocado and cheese. Fold over the other tortilla half, then spray lightly with cooking spray. Grill, turning once, until crisp and the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve.