How To Cook Healthy Shrimp Recipes

How To Cook Healthy Shrimp Recipes

Staff Writer
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How To Cook Healthy Shrimp Recipes

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring. In fact, if you’re looking for an easy way to add more lean proteins and vitamins to your diet, shrimp is a great choice. Not only is it super versatile—it pairs well with almost any vegetable or pasta dish—but it’s also low in fat and calories, meaning you can enjoy it guilt-free. With that in mind, here are five delicious and healthy shrimp recipes that will make eating healthy easy and enjoyable. 

Delicious and Healthy Shrimp Appetizer Recipe

Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Appetizer

This easy appetizer is perfect for any party or gathering. Combine:

  • 2 cups of diced avocado

  • 1 cup of diced tomatoes

  • 1/2 cup of diced onions

  • 1/4 cup of jalapeños

  • 2 cups of cooked shrimp Season with

  • salt and pepper, and lime juice to taste

Serve with tortilla chips or on top of a salad. 

Avocados are a great source of healthy fats, which can help keep you full and satisfied. Tomatoes and onions add a delicious sweetness and crunch to the dish, while the jalapeños give it a nice kick of spice. This appetizer is sure to be a hit with your guests!

Delicious and Healthy Shrimp Dinner Recipes

Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

This lightened-up version of the classic Italian dish calls for zucchini noodles instead of pasta, making this meal even healthier. You'll need the following:

  • 1 lb of large raw shrimp (peeled and deveined)

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 3 tablespoons butter

  • 1/4 cup white wine (or chicken broth)

  • juice from 1/2 lemon

  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)

  • 2 medium zucchinis (spiralized into noodles)

  • salt & pepper to taste

Start by heating the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add in the garlic and cook until fragrant (about one minute). Then add in the shrimp, butter, white wine or chicken broth, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes if desired.

Cook until the shrimp is cooked through, then remove from the heat. Over medium-high heat, cook the zucchini noodles in another skillet until they're just tender (about three minutes). Once done cooking, season both dishes with salt & pepper to taste before serving together warm with freshly grated Parmesan cheese if desired. 

Shrimp Fajitas

These fajitas are flavorful yet light enough to be considered part of a healthy meal plan. You'll need the following:

  • 1 lb raw shrimp (peeled and deveined)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil,

  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

  • 4 bell peppers (sliced into thin strips)

  • 2 small onions (sliced into thin strips)

  • Salt & pepper to taste

Start by heating the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, then add in the garlic and cook until fragrant (about one minute). Next, add in your shrimp, chili powder, and cumin before stirring everything together so all ingredients are evenly coated with spices.

Cook until the shrimp is cooked through, then remove from the heat before adding your bell peppers and onions back into your pan along with some salt & pepper to taste before stirring everything together again. Serve immediately warm on tortillas or lettuce wraps loaded with fresh guacamole if desired! 

Shrimp Tacos

These tacos are sure to be a hit at any gathering! You'll need the following:

  • 1lb raw shrimp (peeled & deveined)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 2 cloves minced garlic,

  • juice from ½ lime plus extra wedges for garnish

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ½ teaspoon cumin

  • ½ teaspoon oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • pinch of sugar

  • 6-8 corn tortillas

  • 1 cup shredded cabbage

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves & stems plus extra for garnish

Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add in your olive oil, followed by your minced garlic, cooking until fragrant, about one minute. Then add in your shrimp, followed by chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, and a pinch of sugar, stirring everything together so all ingredients are evenly coated with spices cooking until shrimp is cooked through about 3-4 minutes before removing from heat.

Meanwhile, warm corn tortillas on the stovetop or microwave them briefly before assembling tacos. First, start by layering the bottom of each taco shell with a heaping spoonful of cabbage. Followed by a few pieces of cooked shrimp, some fresh chopped cilantro, lime wedges, and additional toppings as desired, such as sour cream, avocados, and salsa. Serve while still warm, topped off with fresh lime wedges & extra chopped cilantro if desired! 

Shrimp Is Healthy and Delicious!

  • Shrimp is an excellent choice for those looking to add more lean protein and vitamins to their diet.

  • Shrimp is versatile, low in fat and calories, and pairs well with almost any vegetable or pasta dish.

  • Four delicious and healthy shrimp recipes are Spicy Shrimp and Avocado Appetizer, Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles, Shrimp Fajitas, and Shrimp Tacos.

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