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Front Burner: Stephanie Izard

September 2008: Sautéed Marinated Shrimp with Corn Yogurt and Corn, Green Tomato, and Bacon Salad


After stints at La Tache and Spring, Stephanie Izard opened Scylla, a Mediterranean-influenced seafood spot that won raves during its two years in Bucktown. Shortly after she closed it in 2007, Izard, a Connecticut native, landed as a contestant on season four of Bravo’s Top Chef—a competition she ultimately won. She is currently scouting the downtown area for a space to house her new restaurant.

Stephanie Izard’s Sautéed Marinated Shrimp with Corn Yogurt and Corn, Green Tomato, and Bacon Salad
Prep time: 25 minutes plus three hours to marinate the shrimp
Serves four

12 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined (leaving tail intact)
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon sambal (chili garlic sauce)
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 corn cob, husk removed
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
Half-and-half (or cream) as needed
Salt & pepper to taste

1 corn cob, husk removed
2 strips thick-sliced bacon
1 green tomato, seeded and diced
1 teaspoon basil chiffonade (shreds)
Salt & pepper to taste


Toss the shrimp, olive oil, sambal, and minced clove together and let marinate 3 hours or overnight if more convenient.


1. Heat grill to medium-high heat.

2. Meanwhile, bring pot of water to boil. Boil corn until very tender, just overcooked, then remove and chill in ice bath. Cut kernels from cob.

3. Place corn in blender with yogurt. Blend until smooth. If a little liquid is needed, add a splash of half-and-half or cream, just enough to loosen in blender.

4. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

5. Strain through mesh sieve and chill until ready to serve.


1. Boil corn until just done, about 4 minutes. Place in ice bath to cool. Cut off kernels.

2. Place strips of bacon in sauté pan and fry over medium heat until lightly crisped on both sides. Drain off excess fat and reserve. Crumble or roughly chop the bacon.

3. Toss together corn, bacon, green tomato, and herbs with just a splash of extra virgin olive oil and season to taste with salt and pepper.


1. Heat bacon fat in sauté pan. Season shrimp with salt and pepper and cook over medium-high heat until just done. About 1 minute each side.

2. Spoon a little corn yogurt on each plate.

3. Place three shrimp on each plate and top shrimp with salad.


Film: Uji Films


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