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Original source: several years ago, I caught this recipe on an episode of Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello

The recipe: Fennel-Spiced Prawns with Citrus Salad

This combination is incredibly good—fragrant and warm pan-grilled shrimp top a simple citrus-juice-and-olive-oil dressing over peppery watercress. Very summery, and so very good. I actually prefer using smaller shrimp so I can get more spice rub surface area. (Side note to self: the shrimp might be even better when grilled.)

You do have to like fennel, but if you’re married to a fennel-fiend like I am, the Fennel Spice Rub called for in this recipe is a very worthwhile pantry staple. So today I made up another batch to keep on hand. Husband + self have confirmed that it’s really delicious on fish…we’ve yet to try it on meat and vegetables as Chiarello recommends.

Enjoy some production photos (spices in the pan, toasting them, cooling them, adding the salt, using the handy Magic Bullet, the partially ground mixture, and the completed rub going into the trusty old Classico jar I used for the last batch):

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Found: watching the Food Network

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