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Chilli crisp is an oil containing crispy bits of chilli and often fried garlic as well. You can choose from a variety of brands – some have dried shrimp in them, which goes very well with the brown shrimp in this recipe above. Or, you can leave out the chilli, if you prefer.

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  • 150g good-quality linguine
  • 250g potted shrimp
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ tbsp dill, finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp chilli crisp

Side salad

  • Dijon mustard, to taste
  • lettuce leaves, roughly torn


  • STEP 1

    Cook the linguine for 1-2 mins less than the pack instructions – it needs to be al dente. Meanwhile, tip the potted shrimp into a small pan and gently heat over a low-medium heat until the butter melts. Scoop out the shrimp and set aside. Turn up the heat and cook the butter until any tiny shrimp bits start to sizzle. Add a squeeze of lemon juice and set aside the lemon. Stir in ½ tsp dill. Turn off the heat and return the reserved shrimp to the pan.

  • STEP 2

    Fry two eggs in a little oil in a separate pan, adding the chilli crisp – make sure the yolks are still runny. Drain the pasta and divide between two plates. Spoon the shrimp and butter onto the pasta and slide an egg alongside. Sprinkle over the rest of the dill. Mix the remaining juice from the reserved lemon in a small bowl with a tiny amount of Dijon mustard and some salt and pepper. Use it to dress the lettuce on the side and serve.


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