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The Connection Between Health and Cooking Methods
Shrimp is an extremely popular choice of shelled seafood of the crustacean family. Whether fried, sauteed, broiled, grilled, or baked, most people love shrimp—unless they are allergic to it or it is against their religion to consume it.
Depending on the method of preparation, shrimp is either really bad for you or really good for you. Frequent consumption of fried shrimp or shrimp drenched in melted butter, heavy creams, and sauces high in sodium can decrease the nutritional value and benefits.
Shrimp also has a higher level of cholesterol than other seafood. For those who are watching their cholesterol levels, eating too much shrimp is not a good idea.
The cooking method is key to preparing and eating a healthier shrimp meal. To ensure that your shrimp meal is healthy, the cooking method has to be taken into consideration.
This recipe uses spices and other ingredients that are known to promote good health. This special combination includes turmeric, cayenne, ginger, garlic, and olive oil. The choice of ingredients, coupled with the cooking method, ensures a healthful and tasty meal.
Shrimp is best eaten broiled, grilled, or baked, without a lot of added salts and fats.
The main nutritional benefits of shrimp, depending on preparation, are as follows:
- Low in calories
- Low in saturated fats
- No carbohydrates
- High in protein
- Excellent source of amino acids, vitamin C, vitamin B-12, omega fatty acids, iron, and selenium
This recipe has all the elements of a healthy seafood dinner, using the bake/broil cooking method.
In addition to the ingredients, you will need:
- 2 medium-size bowls (one for thawing and one for seasoning)
- 1 covered dish to marinate shrimp
- 1 small baking sheet or shallow baking pan
- 3 metal skewers
- 8 ounces (14 to 16) jumbo deveined shrimp, easy-peel, raw frozen, or fresh
- 2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon Spike Salt-Free Seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian herbs seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon Goya Sazon (without annatto)
- Pinch cayenne pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
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2 servings (7 to 8 shrimp per person)
Directions (Only 5 Steps!)
- Place frozen shrimp in a bowl of cold water to thaw in the refrigerator earlier in the day or overnight. Discard water after thawing (or if using fresh shrimp), peel, and replace in bowl. Leave tails on shrimp as shown.
- Rinse well with cold water and lemon juice. Make sure to use cold water when thawing, peeling and rinsing raw shrimp. Hot water will begin to cook shrimp by turning it pink immediately.
- Put shrimp in a clean bowl and add dry seasonings, one at a time, tossing each time to evenly distribute. Add olive oil and red wine vinegar. Stir to create marinade. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Heat oven to 450 degrees. Coat pan with cooking spray. Place shrimp onto skewers as shown from tail end to top end. Place skewered shrimp onto baking pan. [I like to lay a sheet of foil onto pan first.] Use edges of baking pan to raise skewers for best results. Set aside. Prepare desired quick side dishes at this time before putting shrimp in oven as they cook very fast.
- Place shrimp into 450 degree oven (toaster oven works well). After 3 minutes, turn each skewer. After another 3 minutes, turn oven dial to broil. Broil shrimp for another 2 minutes. Serve shrimp immediately by gently removing from skewers onto plate, paired with sides. This recipe is great for the grill as well.
A Healthier Alternative
Questions & Answers
Question: What is an easy way to broil shrimp?
Answer: You can bake or broil with this recipe. Depending on the amount of heat you're using (electric grill or toaster oven, outdoor charcoal or gas grill), the cooking time will vary. Anywhere from 2 to 3 minutes on each side turning once, should suffice.
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