Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Spicy Floribbean Shrimp

The hot and tangy flavors of the Caribbean Islands influence these Floribbean style shrimp and make them spicy with an edge. That is my interpretation of the Floribbean style. A simple and widely used base of tomato, vinegar, lime juice and hot peppers impart so much flavor to these shrimp. This marinade can be very spicy so feel free to adjust it to your tastes. The cooking time will vary, depending on the size shrimp you use. I used medium shrimp that came 41 to 50 per pound. They roast quickly so keep an eye on them and don't let them over cook. They are done when they turn pink and curl slightly. These shrimp will add another spicy layer of flavor to your Super Bowl party. I hope you enjoy.

Spicy Floribbean Shrimp


1 lb. shrimp, peeled if desired and deveined
1 tsp. olive oil
1 Tbsp. onion, chopped
1 tsp. garlic, minced
1/2 to 1 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes (or to taste)
1 tsp. thyme
1 Tbsp. white vinegar
1/4 cup lime juice
1 Tbsp. lime zest
1 Tbsp. ketchup (low carb is fine)
1/2 cup water

Place the olive oil in a small saute pan on medium high heat. Add the onion, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes and thyme. Saute for 2 minutes, stirring. Add the white vinegar, lime juice and zest, ketchup and water. Stir to blend. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat. Cook for about 2 or 3 minutes. Set aside and cool to room temperature.

Pour the cooled marinade into a large bowl. Add the cleaned shrimp and stir to coat with marinade. Marinate in the refrigerator for 10 to 20 minutes.

Preheat oven to 425'
Remove the shrimp with a slotted spoon and place on a sheet pan. Roast in hot oven about 4 to 5 minutes for medium shrimp or until the shrimp are pink and done. The time will depend on the size of the shrimp you use. Chill in the refrigerator before serving.

Nutrition Facts
4 Servings (as an entree or 8 servings as an appetizer or snack)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 142.6
Total Fat 3.2 g
Saturated Fat 0.6 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.9 g
Monounsaturated Fat 1.1 g
Cholesterol 172.3 mg
Sodium 216.7 mg
Potassium 250.0 mg
Total Carbohydrate 4.5 g
Dietary Fiber 0.4 g
Sugars 1.5 g
Protein 23.2 g

Note ~ The recipe for marinade is enough for up to 2 lbs. of shrimp if desired and the nutrition facts are based on all of the marinade being used. Try a cooling dip sauce for these Spicy Floribbean Shrimp of 1 cup sour cream, 1 tablespoon lime juice and 1 teaspoon lime zest. This
is a simple, great shrimp dip and palate refresher.

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