Shrimp & Beans with Harissa and Garlicky Sourdough Croutons

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This protein-packed main will only take you 20 minutes to prepare.
epic shrimp and beans recipe: harissa beans with shrimp and sourdough croutons
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You can never have too many minimal-ingredient, lightning-fast dinners in your back pocket for busy (or lazy) nights. That said, you’ll want to add this recipe for shrimp and beans with harissa and garlicky sourdough croutons—from Jamie Oliver’s new cookbook, 5 Ingredients Mediterranean—to your list.

“[This is] such a quick and delicious meal,” Oliver writes. “The bright red color of Tunisian harissa never fails to brighten up a humble jar or tin of beans. To contrast that, simply cooked garlicky prawns and croutons—wow.”

The recipe is a breeze to prepare as-is, but you can make it even simpler by substituting store-bought croutons instead of toasting your own. And if you prefer jarred beans (which can be found online), swap in half a 24-ounce jar for the 15-ounce can. Whatever you do, the recipe is virtually impossible to mess up.

5 Ingredients Mediterranean by Jamie Oliver is published by Flatiron Books © Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2024). 


6 ounces sourdough bread

10 ounces raw, peeled extra-jumbo shrimp

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

6 garlic cloves

One 15-ounce can cannellini beans (or 12 ounces jarred cannellini beans)

1 tablespoon harissa or rose harissa

Splash red wine vinegar


1. Slice the bread into 1-inch cubes. Place the pieces in a large, non-stick frying pan over high heat and toast, turning regularly, until golden, about 2 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, devein the shrimp. Place them in a bowl with the olive oil, salt and pepper. Peel and finely slice the garlic, then add it to the shrimp and toss.

3. Add the beans to a saucepan (juices and all) set over low heat, then add the harissa. Cover and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes.

4. As soon as the bread is golden, add the seasoned shrimp to the frying pan. Add a splash of red wine vinegar, then cook, tossing regularly, until the shrimp are just turning opaque, about 2 minutes.

5. Taste the beans and season them to your liking, then divide them between plates. Top with the shrimp and crispy croutons.

Nutrition Facts
  • 668 calories

  • 10g fat

  • 92g carbs

  • 54g protein

  • 5g sugars

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