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Spicy Shrimp With Creamy Tarator Dip

Spicy Shrimp With Creamy Tarator Dip is an easy party pleaser made with Garlicky shrimp lightly seared with dash of red pepper and plunged into a creamy lemony and sumac Tahini dip
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizers/ Snacks
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Servings: 4
Calories: 328kcal
Author: HWC Magazine


Tarator (Tahini) Dip

  • ½ cup tahini
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup water to ⅓ cup or as needed to create desired consistency
  • ½ teaspoon salt
    or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon sumac
  • cup parsley
    roughly chopped

Spicy Shrimp

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic
    peeled and chopped
  • 1 pound shrimp
    peeled, deveined, raw but tails left on.
  • teaspoon chili pepper flakes or to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • In a food processor, add tahini paste, garlic, lemon juice, water, salt and sumac spice and pulse until smooth consistency. You amy need to add more water to achieve your preferred consistency. I like mine more on the thick side so it sticks to the shrimp. Taste and adjust seasonings as desired. Add the parley to the tarator mixture in the food processor and pulse until chopped and well mixed. Set aside. The tarator dip can be made up to 3 days in advance and kept in the refrigerator until ready for use.
  • In a frying pan, add your oil and add your chopped garlic and saute until aromatic. Add your shrimp, red cayenne pepper and salt and pepper and stir. Cook shrimp for only about 2-3 minutes over medium-high heat or until the shrimp are no longer translucent. Do Not Overcook the shrimp!
  • Serve your spicy shrimp hot from the pan with tarator dip and enjoy!


Another reason you will love this quick and easy appetizer is that you can make the Tarator (Tahini) dip in advance and keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You may need to thin out the Tarator (Tahini) dip with a little extra water or lemon juice before serving. Then on the day you want to serve your Spicy Shrimp with Creamy Tarator Dip, just thaw your shrimp under a little running water for a couple of minutes and cook and you are done!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 286mg | Sodium: 1185mg | Potassium: 254mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 209mg | Iron: 4mg