Herbed Shrimp with Snow Peas

This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Martha Stewart’s Shrimp Vinaigrette Wrapped in Snow Peas was the inspiration for this dressed-up version of marinated shrimp. The snow pea wrapper adds color and crunch to what would otherwise be a bland-looking pile of shrimp. This light, addictive recipe is a nice alternative to the usual shrimp with cocktail sauce.

NotesMake-ahead: The shrimp can be made and assembled up to 5 hours ahead and kept, covered, in the refrigerator.

Tip: For a unique presentation, arrange the shrimp on a head of cabbage. Trim the bottom of a red or green cabbage so that it is stable. Cover the cabbage with the shrimp by sticking the toothpicks through the shrimp and into the cabbage.


Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

OccasionBuffet, Cocktail Party

Recipe Coursehors d'oeuvre

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free

Mealbrunch, dinner

Taste and Texturecrisp, light, savory


  • 2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 lime, cut in half
  • 1 pound medium shrimp (31 to 35 per pound)
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup minced fresh dill
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces snow peas, trimmed


  1. Bring 6 cups water to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1 teaspoon of the salt, and squeeze the lime into the water. Add the shrimp, cover the pot, and remove from the heat. Let the pan sit for about 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the water with a slotted spoon and immerse them in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Peel the shrimp, removing the tail.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the lemon zest and juice. ½ teaspoon of the salt, garlic, dill, and mustard. Stir to combine, and let the mixture sit for 3 minutes to give the salt a chance to dissolve. Whisk in the olive oil and black pepper. Add the shrimp to the marinade and toss to coat. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 3 hours and up to 24 hours.

  3. Bring a pot with 4 cups of water to a boil. Add the remaining ½ teaspoon salt to the water, along with the snow peas. Cook for 3 minutes. Remove the snow peas from the hot water with a slotted spoon and immerse them in an ice bath to stop the cooking. Remove from the ice bath and lay them out on a towel to dry.

  4. Wrap a snow pea around the circumference of each shrimp. Secure it in place with a toothpick. Arrange the shrimp on a decorative platter and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.


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