Shrimp and White Beans
Why This Recipe Works
The beans (we thought canned were just fine) are the heart of our shrimp and white beans recipe, but the shrimp play the starring role. Most shrimp and white beans recipes boil or poach the shrimp before tossing them with the beans, but we found this approach made the shrimp too bland. It occurred to us that searing the shrimp would deliver all the flavor of high-heat cooking in a matter of seconds right on the stovetop. We coated the shrimp, then seared them in an extremely hot skillet. Halfway through cooking, the shrimp were speckled with browned seared spots as if they’d been grilled, and after only a few minutes they were perfectly cooked, seared on the outside and moist on the inside.