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Recipe for shrimp with Meyer lemon-dill dipping sauce

Shrimp appetizer with Meyer lemon dill dipping sauce.

Everything about this dish falls into the splurge category, especially if you live here in the Northeast, where shrimp come from elsewhere and Meyer lemons do not grow on trees. However, the holiday weekend approaches, and who deserves this over-the-top indulgent appetizer more than friends and family coming to the first official celebration of the summer season? There's nothing complicated here. Steam, poach, broil or grill jumbo shrimp. Mix up a fresh sauce with Greek yogurt and fresh dill weed and, if you can find one, a Meyer lemon, which is a cross between a lemon and a tangerine. Simple, elegant, and sure to be the first dish to disappear at any party.

Jumbo shrimp will be the first to go at any party.

Shrimp with Meyer lemon-dill dipping sauce

From the pantry, you'll need: frozen shrimp, mayonnaise, nonfat plain Greek yogurt, lemon (or Meyer lemon), extra virgin olive oil, kosher salt, fresh black pepper.

Serves 4, generously, as an appetizer.


1 lb jumbo (16-20 size) shrimp, defrosted if frozen, peeled and deveined, tails left on
1-2 Tbsp mayonnaise, to taste
1/4 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
Zest and juice of 1 Meyer lemon (or regular lemon)
2 Tbsp chopped fresh dill weed
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper


Cook the shrimp in your favorite way: poach, roast, grill, or cook on the panini press. I like to poach mine for 2-3 minutes (not more!) in 2 inches of boiling water, until the shrimp are pink and curled. Drain, and rinse under cool water to stop the cooking. At this point, you can refrigerate the cooked shrimp until ready to serve.

Combine the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl, and whisk together to incorporate. Transfer to a small serving bowl. You can cover and refrigerate this for several hours.

Serve the shrimp on a plate, surrounding the dipping sauce.

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Classy, classy, classy my friend :D

Oh yum! and I bet this dip would be delicious with veggies or maybe even as a twist on eggs benedict!

All my favorites: shrimp, lemon, zest, and dill. Heaven!!

I love everything about this. Meyer lemons are hard to come by in Utah too, but I think regular lemon would still be good.

CCU, thanks.

Carol, the dip would be great in so many dishes. Love the idea of an eggs Benedict.

Pauline, my favorites, too.

Kalyn, regular lemon is great, and a bit of orange zest with lemon would approximate the flavor of the Meyer lemon.

Looks delicious. I will try adding the orange zest to with lemon to approximate the flavor, as I can't get Meyer lemons here either. I got to taste them once as someone in the office received a box as a gift and shared.

Winnie, a tiny bit of orange or tangerine zest will be lovely here. I envy our friends who live in Meyer lemon country!

I love the scent of Meyer lemons - sounds like a treat for entertaining over the long weekend!

Winnie, I'm quite jealous of friends in warm climates where they can get (or grow) Meyer lemons. A bit of orange or tangerine zest will be nice with regular lemons.

Jeanette, I love it, too. I buy them at Trader Joe's or Costco whenever I see them.

I love Meyer lemons, but seeing as they're hard find here, I'm glad to see that regular lemons would work as well. I've got everything for this here now, except the shrimp, but that easily remedies. Putting this one on the list for this weekend. Yum!

Lauren, Meyer lemons are a treat for me, too. Hope you enjoy this recipe.

The dipping sauce is reminding me of gravlax and of herring in cream sauce, both which I love, so I bet I'd love this. My son, too, since he seems to share my taste buds. I'd also like to eat this over fingerling potatoes.


Kirsten, this sauce would be great with fingerlings -- cooked on the grill or roasted, maybe? Or with grilled veggies.

This combo looks incredibly good, Lydia! Hope you enjoyed a great Memorial Day weekend!


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