How to make it

  • In a blender, combine the cucumber, avocados, buttermilk, vinegar, sugar, ½ tablespoon of the lime juice, and a pinch of salt. Blend until smooth. Strain the soup through a fine sieve and refrigerate until chilled, about 40 minutes.
  • In a large saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.
  • Add the shrimp shells, garlic, shallot, and carrot and cook over moderate heat, stirring until the shells are lightly browned, and the vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes.
  • Add the peppercorns, coriander seeds, crushed red pepper, and cumin seeds and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  • Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  • Add the water, honey, and remaining 1 tablespoon of lime juice and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until reduced to ½ cup, about 15 minutes. Strain the shrimp sauce into a bowl.
  • In a medium skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil until shimmering.
  • Add the shrimp, season with salt and pepper and cook over high heat for 1 minute.
  • Turn the shrimp, add the shrimp sauce and simmer just until the shrimp are cooked through, about 2 minutes. Don’t overcook the shrimp, or they’ll come out chewy. Swirl in the butter.
  • Place the shrimp in soup bowls, spoon the cucumber soup all around and drizzle the shrimp sauce on top. Sprinkle with the mint and serve right away.
  • You can make the soup and the shrimp sauce ahead of time and refrigerate them separately overnight. Then reheat the sauce gently before using.

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  • grandmommy 14 years ago
    YUM! love cucumber soup and shrimp so what's not to love here. A sure must try!
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    " It was excellent "
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  • snufflebunny15 14 years ago
    Aha! I just got 15 avocados from my Aunt. We had to rescue them before the squirrels got to them. I came here to get avocado recipes and this one sounds absolutely FAB. Must try and make for my mom.
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  • krumkake 14 years ago
    Cucumber soup is one of my favorites, but so rare to find on a restaurant menu - thanks for sharing your recipe so I can try this at home...the flavors sounds wonderful together!
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  • shirleyoma 14 years ago
    Oh WOW, this sounds like what I would really love! I'd love to serve this soon... Bookmarked thank you for the recipe!
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