RECIPES: Cooking With Marcus Samuelsson

Merkato 55, chef Marcus Samuelsson's newest restaurant, features several dishes inspired by his travels throughout Africa. Below, find the recipes for two of his signature meals: shrimp piri piri and doro wett.


Recipe courtesy Marcus Samuelsson

Makes 4 servings as an appetizer

12 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons Piri Piri, divided
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
1 lime, quartered
12 Bibb lettuce leaves


Toss the shrimp with ½ cup of the piri piri in a large bowl. Refrigerate for 20 minutes.

Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add the shrimp and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until opaque throughout. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with the salt. Squeeze the lime quarters over the shrimp.

Spread ½ teaspoon of the remaining piri piri sauce on each lettuce leaf. Place a shrimp on each leaf and fold over bottom and sides to form a wrap. Serve immediately.

PIRI PIRI Recipe courtesy Marcus Samuelsson

Makes 1 cup

8 red bird's-eye chilies, seeds and ribs removed, chopped
½ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
2 garlic cloves
½ cup olive oil


Combine the chilies, lemon juice, cilantro, parsley, and garlic in a blender and puree until smooth. With the blender running add the oil in a slow, steady stream and bland until well combined.

Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

CHICKEN STEW (DORO WETT) Recipe courtesy Marcus Samuelsson

Makes 6 Servings

2 medium red onions, diced
¼ cup Spiced Butter or 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, divided
¼ teaspoon ground cardamom, preferably freshly ground
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
One 1 ½-inch piece ginger, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon Berbere or chili powder
2 ½ cups chicken stock, divided
One 4- to 5-pound chicken, cut into 10 pieces, wings reserved for another use
¼ cup dry red wine
Juice of 1 lime
2 hard-boiled eggs


Combine the onions, a pinch of salt, and half of the spiced butter in a Dutch oven or other large deep pot over low heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are golden, about 15 minutes. Add the remaining butter, the cardamom, black pepper, cloves, garlic, ginger, and berbere and cook until the onions soften and take on the color of the spices, about 10 minutes.

Add 2 cups of the chicken stock and the chicken legs and thighs, bring to a simmer, and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the remaining ½ cup chicken stock and the wine, bring back to a simmer, and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the chicken breasts and simmer for 20 minutes.

Gently stir in the lime juice and eggs and simmer for another 5 minutes. The sauce will be loose and soupy. Season with salt to taste.

Serve with Lentil stew

SPICED BUTTER Recipe courtesy Marcus Samuelsson

Makes 1 ½ cups

1 pound unsalted butter
½ medium red onion, coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
One 3-inch piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cardamom seeds
1 teaspoon dried oregano
½ teaspoon ground turmeric
8 basil leaves


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