Potted shrimp is an elegant spread prepared with not much more than shrimp and butter. It’s usually consumed on toast points or crackers. When it’s good, potted shrimp captures the sweet, oceanic flavor of the shrimp better than most any other preparation.
Why This Recipe Works
For our potted shrimp recipe, we first experimented with cooking methods, settling on pan-searing because it produced a more flavorful spread than poaching. Dissatisfied with the creaminess of our spread when we used a stick of butter for 1 pound of shrimp, we experimented with adding cream cheese or heavy cream, but in the end we settled on an extra few tablespoons of butter, which gave our potted shrimp recipe the creamy texture we wanted without overwhelming the shrimp’s delicate flavor.