These Perfectly Seared Shrimp cook up in only minutes with minimal ingredients, and they're versatile enough to add to any meal!
Do you usually celebrate Valentine's day? Honestly, Mr. Dreamboat and I don't, and we never really have.
We both agree that it's just a regular day that at some point was arbitrarily set as the day we are all supposed to "celebrate our love".
No thanks. We can do that on our own when restaurants aren't overbooked and charging extra.
Perhaps, if my schedule allows, I might make a little extra effort on a home-cooked meal, or cook something that we normally consider a "splurge" item.
Living in the Midwest, seafood usually falls into that splurge-worthy category, and we both love it. So, on Valentine's day, I sometimes break out the Bacon Wrapped Scallops that we both love, or these Perfectly Seared Shrimp.
To be perfectly honest though, you don't need a special occasion to make these shrimp.
They are super fast and easy to make and can be on your table in just minutes flat. Plus, you need only a bare minimum of ingredients (shrimp is basically all you need, with a few pantry staples).
I like the Argentinian Red Shrimp from Trader Joe's, but you can use any large or jumbo shrimp, as long as you remove the shells and veins before you cook them (or buy them already shelled).
Once you've got these shrimp cooked, they are super versatile. I usually serve them alongside a simple pasta and salad.
You can also use them on top of pasta, or in a grain bowl or salad. Or you could serve them as an appetizer with your favorite dipping sauce. Really, you can't go wrong!
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Perfectly Seared Shrimp Nutrition Notes:
Once considered something we should limit due to their cholesterol content, we now know that shrimp are a nutritionally excellent choice.
Dietary cholesterol doesn't affect cholesterol levels in our bodies as much as we once believed, and the amount of fat (especially saturated fat) in shrimp is low.
Plus shrimp is high in protein and has next to no carbohydrates.
Perfectly Seared Shrimp
- 1 pound large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- pinch granulated sugar
- 1 Tablespoon canola or vegetable oil
- If shrimp are wet, blot them with a paper towel to dry slightly. Toss shrimp with salt, pepper and sugar in a medium bowl.
- Heat 1 ½ teaspoons of the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add half of the shrimp and cook for about 1 minute until browned. Flip with tongs and cook for an additional 30 seconds until browned on the second side Transfer the shrimp to a bowl and repeat with the remaining 1 ½ teaspoon oil and the other half of the shrimp.
- After the second half of the shrimp has cooked, add the first half back to the skillet and cover. Let sit for 1-2 minutes until shrimp are cooked through. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Disclaimer: I try my best to make sure the nutrition information I provide is accurate to provide you with the best information possible. However, due to ingredient discrepancies and other factors, the above nutrition information should be considered an estimation only.