Shrimp is a tasty protein option that provides a variety of health benefits. This lean, low-calorie seafood contains a high amount of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, as well as vitamin B12 and selenium. It can be enjoyed as a main dish or added to grain salads, pasta dishes and stir fry recipes.
Shrimeat is also an excellent source of iron. However, if you don't cook your shrimp properly, it may contain excessive levels of sodium or fat. Breading or deep frying the shellfish, or adding sauces that are high in calories and saturated fat, will increase its calorie count significantly.
To keep the calorie count of your sauteed shrimp low, choose this recipe. Chopped fresh garlic is sauteed in a small amount of olive oil before the shrimp are added. This allows the garlic to brown without burning, and it infuses the oil with flavor. When the shrimp are added, they are cooked until they are opaque and slightly pink and then lightly seasoned with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. The lemon juice and white wine reduction that forms in the skillet adds even more flavor to this easy recipe.
This dish is easy to prepare, and you can use it in a number of different ways. Serve it as a warm appetizer or as the main dish when served with rice, vegetables and a salad. It would be a great addition to a Greek Salad, such as Spanakorizo, or a Strawberry Arugula Salad. You can also add it to a Caprese Pasta Salad or Creamy Lemony Vegetable Pasta Salad.