Sweet and Spicy Baked Shrimp

Shrimp are a source of protein and vitamin B12.  The shellfish contains selenium, phosphorous, choline, and copper.  Shrimp are also a good source of iodine.  They are low in calories.  A medium shrimp has about 7 calories, which means a dozen contains less than 100 calories. Though shrimp are low in calories, they are considered to be high in cholesterol.  (As shellfish, they are also among the top food allergens.)

Besides being delicious, what makes shrimp even more appealing is how easy they are to cook.  Depending on their size, shrimp can be pan seared in 4 to 5 minutes.  Preparing the following shrimp recipe can be done in a few minutes after the ingredients have been gathered.

Ingredients

  • 1 to 2 pounds of peeled, deveined, and cleaned shrimp
  • 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 2 to 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of seafood seasoning (i.e. Old Bay Seasoning)
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley (optional)
  • salt (to taste)
  • pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or sesame oil)
  • non-stick cooking spray

Directions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray then spread the cleaned shrimp in the dish.
  3. Mix all the other ingredients in a bowl, then pour the mixture over the shrimp.
  4. Stir the shrimp if necessary to coat them evenly.
  5. Place the shrimp in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until they are opaque.

Using Frozen Shrimp

When using frozen shrimp for this recipe, place the shrimp in a colander in the sink and run cold water over them for a few minutes to defrost them.  Move the shrimp around in the colander to make sure they are all defrosted by the cold water.  Allow all water to drain from the colander; the shrimp can be patted dry using a clean paper towel before proceeding with the recipe.

Other recipes featuring seafood:

Low country boils are also known as Frogmore Stew

Easy recipe for delicious baked salmon

Tuna salad with a twist

 

 

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