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Low Fat Caribbean Shrimp Recipes

By Rob Poulos...

When your goal is to reduce your fat intake one of the first types of proteins that gets tossed aside is shrimp. The truth is you remember that shrimp doesn’t have to be breaded and deep-fried to be delicious; you’ll find that you can enjoy shrimp as part of a low fat meal. The key to a healthy low fat shrimp dish is give it enough seasoning that it stands on its own, and pair it with something light like brown rice, whole grain pasta or grilled vegetables.

If you don’t like shrimp with a light flavor, season the shrimp first and allow it to sit while you prep the rest of your meal. Since shrimp has a quick cook time, you can do it during the last few minutes of cooking. Just be careful not to overcook them!

Ingredients

  • 1 ¾ lbs. jumbo shrimp (uncooked)
  • 1 tsp. each salt & black pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • 1 tsp. ground allspice
  • ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. grated onion (with juice)
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 2 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tbsp. dark molasses
  • 2 limes cut into wedges

Directions

  1. Preheat broiler to medium-high
  2. Coat broiler-safe pan with aluminum foil and nonstick spray
  3. Combine salt, pepper, allspice, onion, thyme, cayenne and garlic in a mixing bowl.
  4. Briskly whisk in lime juice and molasses, then add shrimp.
  5. Toss until fully coated.
  6. Refrigerated 10 minutes and let sit at room temperature.
  7. Place shrimp on broiler pan and cook for 2 minutes on each side.
  8. Garnish with lime wedges and pour over cooking juices if desired.

TIP: Broil at least 3 inches from heat to avoid blackening.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Serving Size: ~8 shrimps
Calories: 143
Servings: 6
Protein: 18.3 g
Fat: 3.7 g
Carbs: 8.8 g

Change It Up

The key to cooking a good low fat shrimp recipe is to make sure that you don’t add flavors that include a lot of extra fat. This means no frying or tossing in a heavy mayonnaise or cream sauce. But don’t worry; this still leaves you with plenty of options to change up your shrimp without losing taste. Consider these alternatives to Caribbean shrimp:

  • Mince garlic, cilantro, lime juice & zest and jalapeno pepper and toss shrimp. Broil, bake or grill.
  • Puree fresh tomatoes with oregano and rosemary and simmer shrimp in sauce.
  • Combine garlic, lemon juice, honey and black pepper and grill.
  • Toss shrimp with herbs, lemon juice and olive oil then serve over a whole-grain and high-fiber pasta.
  • Rub with a dry spice mixture and broil.

Shrimp is not the enemy of fat loss, at least it doesn’t have to be if you make smart choices about your cooking methods. Shrimp can be boiled, broiled, grilled, baked or sautéed. As long as you don’t add lots of additional fat like butter or using unhealthy fats like vegetable oil, you can enjoy shrimp as a part of your fat loss diet.

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