Brown Shrimp Ranhofer Recipe

Brown shrimp Ranhofer

  • serves 4
  • Easy

Ranhofer is a creamy, luxurious sauce spiked with brandy and cayenne pepper. The original dish uses lobster but we've switched for brown shrimp to make it an easy dinner party starter or quick lunch


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  • unsalted butter 25g
  • plain flour 1 tbsp
  • single cream 200ml
  • egg yolk 1
  • cayenne pepper ½ tsp, plus a little to serve
  • nutmeg a good grating
  • brandy 2 tbsp
  • lemon ½, juiced
  • cooked brown shrimp 140g
  • sourdough 4 slices, toasted
  • green salad dressed, to serve


  • Step 1

    Melt the butter in a pan and, once foaming, add the flour and cook for 2 minutes while stirring. Slowly add the single cream, stirring all the time, until you have a smooth sauce.

  • Step 2

    Put the egg yolk into a bowl and lightly whisk. Pour over 1 /3 of the sauce and whisk vigorously. Pour in the remaining sauce, then tip back into the pan. Cook gently, stirring regularly, until it thickly coats the back of a spoon. Add the cayenne pepper, nutmeg, brandy, lemon juice and some seasoning.

  • Step 3

    Stir in the shrimps to warm for a few minutes, then pile on to sourdough toast, sprinkle with a little extra cayenne and serve with a dressed salad, if you like.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 411
  • Fat 17.8g
  • Saturates 10.2g
  • Carbs 40g
  • Sugars 3.4g
  • Fibre 2.3g
  • Protein 17.3g
  • Salt 1.7g