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NOW, for some shruuuump.
In these parts – along the Turkish Mediterranean, specifically – shrimp stew is a popular dish that is traditionally baked in an earthenware pot with spices, topped with white cheese, and broiled to perfection. However, when using frozen shrimp, which is more budget-friendly and easier to prepare (cleaning shrimp hater, right here), I generally cook the shrimp stovetop as to boil off the pool of water the shrimp would otherwise end up swimming in if baked, transfer to a single-serving pot, top with cheese, and then broil to perfection. I also like to add some traditional flavors reminiscent of the Caribbean, such as lime and red pepper.
If you have normal cholesterol levels, shrimp is completely acceptable in the diet, except don’t fry it! Grill, bake, or steam shrimp and you’ve got yourself a glowing prospect.
Shrimp: provides the body with 48% of the daily value of cancer-fighting selenium, keeps the skin, hair, and nails healthy, prevents anemia due to its vitamin B12 content, boosts energy with iron, builds strong bones with phosphorus, aids in processing fats due to its niacin content, fights depression with omega-3 fatty acids, promotes prostate health with zinc, contributes to a healthy thyroid due to copper content, and stabilizes blood sugar levels with magnesium.
Garlic Lime Shrimp Stew
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients (1 serving)
- 300 grams baby shrimp
- 1 tbsp butter
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- Juice of half a lime
- 1/2 cup white cheese, grated
- Lime slice and red pepper flake garnish
Begin by melting the butter over medium heat with the chopped garlic. Once melted, add the baby shrimp.
Pour in the juice of half a lime and add the salt and red pepper flakes.
Close the lid of the pan for approximately 1 minute. Remove the lid. As the frozen shrimp cooks, it will melt off a lot of water. You know the shrimp is done when the water evaporates completely.
The flavors have concentrated and the shrimp are just tender. In a small, single-serving dish, put the shrimp and top them with freshly shredded white cheese. You could use cheddar or Monterey jack cheese. Pop into the broiler on high for approximately 1-2 minutes, or until the cheese is just melted or slightly browned (for those of you who like crispy cheese).
Serve with a slice of lime and a garnish of red pepper flakes. Enjoy!