When we think of shrimp we typically associate them with decadence. Something to only be eaten when we wish to treat ourselves. If we are eating shrimp it must be a special occasion. That is typically true. New research is showing that shrimp can be a healthy food that is low in calories. Each shrimp contains about 7 calories. Consuming 20 to 30 shrimp is less than 250 calories! Shrimp is a unique source of the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory carotenoid nutrient astaxanthin. Whew! that was a mouthful. They are high in selenium, copper, zinc and protein (who knew). In short, shrimp is a very healthy food, whose down side, high cholesterol, is offset by the omega-3 fatty acids.

Shrimp is a quick and easy dish with very little prep time.
On to the recipe:


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tbs. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. Old Bay
  • 1 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tbsp. Asian chile paste
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 lbs. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 12 wooden skewers, soaked in water

Mix together the olive oil, minced garlic, cayenne pepper, Old Bay, black pepper, asian chile paste, and lemon juice in a bowl or pestle and make a paste.

Place the shrimp in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour in the marinade and seal the bag. refrigerate for at least two hours or overnight.

Heat your grill for high heat. Thread the shrimp onto skewers, piercing once near the tail and once near the head.

Grill shrimp for 2 minutes per side, brushing with the marinade between the turn.

Thats it! Serve over your favorite rice with some vegetables.

Pairing Notes:

We paired this dish with a lovely Sauvignon Blanc by Chateau Set Michelle. This intensely fruity wine sourced from the Columbia Valley features crisp flavors of apples, melon and fresh delicate herbs.

We also paired with a Pinot Noir by Josh Cellars simply called Josh. This wine offers bright, ripe cherries and deep earthy flavors with spice, subtle oak and delicate texture.


For a printable version if this recipe, click here: Angel's Spicy Shrimp
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About the Blogger:

Angel Lemons is the Seafood Manager at Martin's on SR 23 & Ironwood. She began her career with Martin's in 2000, working part time while attaining an associates degree in fitness at Southwestern Michigan College. She began working full time in 2001 after graduating, and has managed a number of seafood departments throughout the company. Angel enjoys spending time with her family, cooking out on the grill and trying new recipes with her husband. She's been proud to call the SR23 & Ironwood store her home for eight years, and looks forward to seeing you at her seafood counter soon!