Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe

One of the things we’ll be doing in this blog is posting healthy recipes. You’re all invited to send us your recipes at eat@healthdiaries.com. You’ll receive a byline and a link back to your own site if desired.

To start off, I’m going to share my Spicy Garlic Shrimp Recipe. But are shrimp healthy, you ask? Contrary to popular opinion, they are quite healthy and have been found to raise good cholesterol. (Read more about the health benefits of shrimp here).

Combined with the heart-healthy garlic and olive oil and the cayenne pepper in this recipe, it’s a great, heart-healthy recipe that works great as an appetizer or a main dish. While many shrimp stir-fry recipes include butter, this recipe uses only olive oil for maximum health benefits. You don’t lose any flavor by skipping the butter. In fact, I think it tastes better without it.

24 raw shrimp (I prefer to buy mine de-shelled and deveined)
2 cloves garlic, chopped into small pieces
2 T. olive oil
1 T. fresh parsley
a sprinkle of black pepper
cayenne pepper to taste

Heat up the olive oil in a skillet or wok.
Add the garlic, shrimp, black pepper, and cayenne.
Stir regularly over low heat until shrimp turn pink on both sides, about 3-4 minutes. By keeping the heat low, it will ensure the garlic doesn’t turn brown.
When the shrimp are just about done, add the parsley and mix well.

Serve alone or on a bed of lettuce, rice, or pasta. You can also add broccoli or other vegetables during cooking for a great shrimp veggie stir-fry.

Serves 2-3 people.

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No wonder my cholesterol is better this year. I been snacking on boatloads o’ shrimps!