Not to state the obvious here, but there’s so much to love about shrimp. It’s delicious, surprisingly low-cal, and super versatile. There are endless ways to prepare and serve shrimp, and they’re pretty much all crowd-pleasers. This easy 15-minute spicy garlic ginger shrimp is a simple shrimp recipe with a spicy kick. It’s perfect for busy weeknights when you can’t spare a lot of time, and don’t want to spare any flavor.
Why We Love Shrimp
I fell in love with shrimp from an early age. As a young child, I specifically remember ordering a shrimp cocktail as my meal anytime anyone let me into a fancy restaurant. Can’t take me anywhere.
But really, you just can’t go wrong with shrimp. Even most of my friends who hate seafood have a soft spot for shrimp. How could you not? It’s so tasty, so pretty, and as I mentioned before, so low-cal. Any time I find out something I legitimately enjoy eating is naturally low-calorie, my faith in the world is temporarily restored. Maybe life isn’t so unfair after all.
Aside from being delicious and pretty, though, there are plenty more reasons to love shrimp. Along with being a low-cal source of protein, shrimp also boast a pretty robust nutritional profile for such tiny little, well, shrimp. These little shellfish provide an array of nutrients, including:
- Selenium, a key mineral and antioxidant that boosts immunity and thyroid function
- Astaxanthin, a second antioxidant that can help reduce inflammation
…And that’s all just in case you needed any MORE reasons to love shrimp, which I’m sure you didn’t.
Simple, Yet Spicy
But, just in case you were looking for one more reason to love shrimp, this 15-minute spicy garlic ginger shrimp recipe should do the trick.
It’s a super simple recipe, easy enough to whip up last-minute on even the busiest of weeknights. It’s important to have a few recipes like this on hand for when those nights sneak up on you, and this is one you’ll definitely want to have in your back pocket.
So simple, yet so flavorful, this recipe bursts with zesty flair. Cooked in coconut oil and flavored with garlic, spicy crushed red pepper, and fresh lemon juice, you won’t believe you made all that flavor happen in just fifteen minutes.
Serve over brown rice, quinoa, whole grain pasta, or your favorite zoodles to make a meal of it. Finally, a tasty meal that’s both easy and healthy. Sound too good to be true? Of course it does. But don’t worry, you’ve earned it.
Yields: 4 servings | Calories: 133 | Total Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 183mg | Sodium: 289mg | Carbohydrates: 2g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Protein: 23g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 1
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced
- 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails on
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- In a large skillet, heat the coconut oil. Once hot, add the garlic and ginger. Cook just until fragrant, about 30 second. Add the shrimp, and cook until pink and firm. About 4 minutes. Stir in the red pepper, lime juice, and salt. Stir and simmer for about 30 seconds.
- Serve hot over rice or quinoa.
More Shrimp Recipes:
Have an extra 15 minutes to spare? Give this 30-minute lemon basil shrimp recipe a try. Fresh flavors and ingredients make this light meal perfect for summer. Meanwhile, this quick, 30-minute meal is ideal for busy work nights.
Cook yourself a tasty summer shrimp bake with this yummy seafood foil pack. Complete with shrimp, corn, turkey sausage, and plenty of spices and seasoning, it’s the perfect on-the-fly, eating outside summer meal.