Make Chris Santos’s Salt & Pepper Shrimp, from Beauty & Essex


The best dishes, especially for parties, impress your friends, but take, like, zero effort. Here’s one from Chris Santos of Beauty & Essex, which he says you can whip up in little more than a minute.

“I love our Salt & Pepper Shrimp because it’s a super quick, super simple dish that packs a ton of flavor,” says Santos. “Between the spiced salt marinade and the 60-second sauté, the shrimp are done in no time. We serve our shrimp fresh out of the wok with a mixture of Japanese kewpie mayonnaise and sambal, but you can make a number of easy accompaniments by combining Hellmann’s mayonnaise with mustard, citrus juice, or your favorite hot sauce.”

Salt & Pepper Shrimp

For the salt rub:
Equal parts salt, Szechuan pepper, smoked pepper, and five-spice powder, combined.

20 small shrimp, cleaned
3 scallions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, shaved
1 teaspoon minced ginger
peanut oil, fir saut&eacuteing

In a pan over high heat, heat the peanut oil. Toss the shrimp in the salt rub, then toss into the pan for 60 seconds. Remove and set aside.

Using a small bit of the remaining oil, add scallions, garlic, and ginger (as much as you like of each), and cook until lightly sweated, a couple of minutes. Add shrimp back into the pan, gently toss, and serve immediately.