Did you know shrimp are America’s favorite seafood? Well it’s a good thing because these crustaceans are nutritional powerhouses; low in saturated fat and packed with hunger busting protein. Shrimp are an excellent source of selenium, a trace mineral that helps your immune system function. And a good source of vitamin D and vitamin B12. (See notes below as to which locations in the US we recommend purchasing Shrimp.)
Author: Shauna DelPrete
1 pound shrimp, cleaned and deveined
4 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 garlic cloves, diced
½ cup low sodium chicken broth
¼ tsp lower sodium cajun seasoning
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon basil
¼ teaspoon oregano
pepper to taste
Place your shrimp in a medium sized container that has a lid.
Combine all cajun seasoning, herbs and spices in a small bowl. Mix until well combined.
Sprinkle seasoning and diced garlic over shrimp and toss shrimp to coat evenly. Cover the container and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 1 hours to overnight.
When ready to cook, heat extra virgin olive oil over medium heat until pan is hot. Remove shrimp from the refrigerator and place on the pan. Cook shrimp 2-3 minutes on one side.
Flip each shrimp over. Add your chicken broth to the pan and allow shrimp to cook for an additional 1 to 3 minutes. Remove shrimp from pan when both sides are cooked well through and opaque.
Serve shrimp over salad, with rice and your favorite vegetables, or try it with some grits! Enjoy.
Here are a few tips for this recipe: 1 Keep frozen shrimp on hand, they defrost and cook up so quickly that you’ll have no excuse not to cook them! 2 If you are looking for a meatless version of this meal use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth. Look for 140 mg of sodium or less in either broth choice to limit sodium intake. 3 When it comes to seafood I do my best to eat responsibly. According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch the “Best Choice” and “Good Alternative” shrimp choices include U.S. Wild-caught Shrimp and US farmed shrimp. Try to avoid shrimp from shrimp fisheries in Mexico and Louisiana along with imported farm fish. These are on the Watch’s “Avoid List.” Internationally farmed shrimp is most likely contaminated with bacteria and has terrible environmental ramifications and we do NOT recommend eating it, ever.One of our favorite places to order frozen shrimp from is VitalChoice.Com. Best bet: US wild shrimp from gulf of mexico, alaska, oregon, and british columbia.
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