Friday, May 13, 2011

Shrimp. It's What's For Dinner!

Shrimp is one of those foods that I love, but never buy. Why? I don't know. I thought about this question the other day before I left work. Instead of passively thinking about why the heck I never cook with shrimp, I bought some! While I was debating (out loud...) which shrimp to buy, a customer in line gave me a suggestion. He said to buy the fresh, uncooked, wild-caught shrimp with the shell still on. He told me shrimp should always be cooked with the shell because they hold onto flavors better that way. He then suggested making an orange and butter sauce in which to saute them. I thought that sounded simple enough....

Orange Shrimp


1/2 pound fresh, wild-caught shrimp, with the shell
2 T Smart Balance butter/margarine sticks
1 orange

Salt and pepper to taste

(sorry the font is so huge, I don't understand Blogger sometimes...)


1) Add the butter to the pan and turn the heat on medium
2) Add the zest and juice of one orange
3) Wait until the sauce gets slightly thick (shouldn't take too long since it's not a whole lot of sauce!)
4) Add the shrimp

5) Get the shrimp nice and coated in the sauce

6) Cook until shrimp is slightly opaque (about 5-6 minutes)

7) Serve over sauteed veggies and brown rice (or however you would like!)

Obviously you don't want to eat the shell, so be sure to shell the shrimp after they are cooked, or before you eat them. And of course, make sure you don't cook your broccoli until it's really pale green and soft. Nick likes it that way, I don't argue.

I served mine over spaghetti squash and stewed tomatoes. NOT a good idea. The orange flavor didn't go well with the tomatoes, what was I thinking?! Nick, however, loved his (with the rice and broccoli).

Question: Do you like shrimp?! Read about the multitude of shrimp benefits on!

Any fun plans for the weekend? I work tomorrow, then have Sunday off :) I'm going to start taping a series of video blogs all about "Why Americans Can't Maintain a Healthy Weight". Stay tuned!


  1. I used to hate shrimp then loved shrimp then went back to hating it.

  2. I love shrimp, but I don't make them very often, especially not with the shell on. Somehow it always seems like a lot of work (which I know it really isn't...). But they do taste great that way, and I bet your shrimp tasted great (especially without the tomato sauce).

    Have a great weekend!

  3. I don't understand blogger all the time. Love shrimp and though I lemon and lime zest everything hadn't thought of orange so thank you person at Whole Foods. We eat shrimp a lot I posted my fave Ina Garten shrimp recipe once Blogger got its act together yesterday.

  4. I love shrimps, it's one of my fav seafood after octopus and the only seafood that I cook at home. It's so versatile and doesn't smell too fishy! Never tried making it with fruit juice, great idea!

  5. I love shrimp....a lot. I do like crab slightly better, but shrimp is really awesome. I've never cooked it with the shells on, but it does make sense!

    The orange idea sounds interesting...I can't really envision what it would taste like (and with tomatoes doesn't sound so great!), but since lemon is good with shrimp it sounds like a slightly sweeter version of that!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  6. definitely going to be making some shrimp for dinner really soon- great recipe love! <3

  7. OMG, this looks SO amazing!!! Coming from Louisiana we LOVE shrimp and try to cook it as much as possible - a reminder of home, and so good for you too! :-) I really should post it on the blog more often! :-) Thank you for this awesome recipe - DEFINITELY going to fix this soon! You rock! :-)

    I think Zach and Nick must be related somehow... :-) Zach likes his broccoli just like that too! :-) If I don't cook it soft enough for him, he has me re-steam it again... I don't understand... :-) but at least he likes broccoli! :-)

  8. Mmm this looks and sounds fantastic!! And that's coming from someone who isn't a huge shrimp fan. :)

  9. I love love shrimp. I wanted to buy some yesterday while grocery shopping but that did not happen since I did not get a chance to go to kroger. They have US-wild caught shrimps and not shrimps that come from China or Thailand (Walmart).

    Now I really have to go and buy, I am craving shrimpies like crazy.

  10. I used to love shrimp, but lately I'm having trouble navigating the ethical aspect of seafood. Even if it's wild caught, there are some things about fishing I'm just not sure about! That doesn't mean I judge other people for eating it, though. Just some things I'm trying to figure out. :)