A simple, scampi-inspired dinner that needs neither a lot of time, nor a lot of ingredients. The key is to swiftly simmer the shrimp—done right, these cook in less than 5 minutes—and to rely on extrovert ingredients for seasoning. Lemon juice and lemon zest deliver loads of sunny acidity. So much so that we’re also using water, not stock, to stretch the brightness, and to ensure that there’s enough sauce for bread-sopping. (On that note: A crusty baguette is my go-to here. But what about you? Hot spaghetti, fluffy couscous, or big beans would all work well.) Lots of butter adds richness, and dill, freshness, but prepared horseradish is the overachiever here. Try to find one with a minimalist ingredient list, and enough vibrancy that when you open the jar, you feel like you might sneeze. Adding horseradish at the start builds a savory foundation; adding it again at the end, a kicky zing. And if dill isn’t your thing, so be it. Feel free to swap in parsley, cilantro, or even chives.
Emma was the food editor at Food52. She created the award-winning column, Big Little Recipes, and turned it into a cookbook in 2021. These days, she's a senior editor at Bon Appétit, leading digital cooking coverage. Say hello on Instagram at @emmalaperruque.