Jumbo Shrimp with Chive Butter

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity

Kidney Yang Xu

1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
6 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
36 uncooked jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined, butterflied
Whole chives

Preheat broiler. Place mustard in bowl; whisk in lemon juice, then melted butter. Add chopped chives. Season with pepper.
Arrange shrimp, cut side up, on broiler pan. Brush with some of butter mixture. Broil until just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Arrange on plates and garnish with whole chives. Serve, passing remaining butter separately.

Ingredients analysis
Dijon mustard — Acrid, warm; Lung; Warms the Lungs, regulates qi, and expels phlegm; Promotes movement of the qi, disperses clumps, unblocks the collaterals and stops pain.
Lemon juice – cool, sour; Lv; Generates fluids, harmonizes St, regulates qi, quenches thirst, benefits Lv.
Butter – Sweet, neutral; Sp, St, Lu; Supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness.
Chives — Sweet, acrid, warm; St, Lv, Kd; Warms the middle jiao, warms the Kd yang, invigorates blood
Shrimp — Sweet, warm; Lv, Kd, Sp; Boosts Kd yang, promotes lactation, discharges pus and mucus

TCM analysis: Overall this recipe is warm and sweet. The main ingredients in the recipe tonify Kd yang while the other ingredients regulate, tonify qi, and harmonize and warm the middle jiao.