Well, not any more, my friends!! I have found the easiest, quickest, most fool proof and certainly most delicious way to cook RAW shrimp. Where has this recipe been all my life?? Am I the only one who didn't know this trick?
1 cup cold water
2 cups ice (I just used an ice cube tray full)
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup white sugar
Mix the brine ingredients well, then add 1 to 1½ pounds of raw shrimp (roughly 25 shrimp to the pound) that have had the heads, shell and back vein removed (leave the tail on if you want).
Stir the shrimp GENTLY to make sure the brine reaches all of the shrimp evenly, then chill them in the fridge for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, drain the shrimp and rinse well under cold running water. Drain and BLOT DRY with paper towels and keep cold while your broiler heats up.
Put a DRY (no grease) cookie sheet under the broiler (about 6" from the flame) and preheat it under the broiler for 5 full minutes.
While the pan is heating up, put 1 tablespoon olive oil in a bowl and add 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and 1/8 to 1/4 cayenne pepper (but no salt because the shrimp will still have a little salt from the brine on them). Stir until well mixed and then add the shrimp and GENTLY toss to coat all sides of the shrimp.
After the pan has pre-heated under the broiler for five minutes, put the shrimp on it (they will sizzle). Quickly put the shrimp back under the broiler.
Broil (6" away from flame) for 2 minutes, then flip the shrimp over, and broil for one more minute.
Remove the shrimp from your broiler, AND TAKE THEM OFF OF THE PAN IMMEDIATELY(or they will continue to cook and get rubbery). That's it!! Easy as pie.