Shrimp are found world wide and can be found in both fresh and salt water. These crustaceans are made a part of many culture’s cuisine. They can be found in such dishes as jambalaya, okonomiyaki, poon choi, bagoong, scampi and Kerala. I hope that you enjoy these recipe choices and decide to give them a try in your kitchen for your family and friends to enjoy.
Kung Pao Shrimp – My husband loves Kung Pao Chicken and this is one dish I could count on him liking. We love the red chili peppers, they give the dish such a wonderful spiciness but be very careful not to get one of them in your mouth because it will cause such an intense heat and burn it can leave you gasping. The one ingredient that is not listed in this recipe that is in the chicken version we get at our local takeout is water chestnuts. I love the crunch that they add to the dish and take on the flavor of the sauce, I actually enjoy these over the nuts and usually leave the nuts out.
Shrimp in Coconut Sauce – Creamy, sweet and satisfying, this Thai inspired entree reminds me of the movie Forrest Gump, remember how the movie inspired Bubba Gump shrimp and the restaurant served coconut crusted shrimp? I think the flavor of coconut goes very well with the shrimp and in this dish when mixed with the other ingredients cooks up into a amazing sauce for the shrimp. If you want to kick up the health factor a notch you can use brown rice in place of the white. Once you give this dish a try I am sure you will definitely make it over and again.
Jalapeno Citrus Shrimp Kebabs – I love grilled kebabs whether they are made with seafood, beef, chicken, pork even sausages and most anything else that you can grill on the skewer. This dish is very easy to prepare and they cook up in only a few minutes on the barbecue. The shrimp get a bit of a kick from the jalapeno mixed with the fresh citrus juices while the peppers and onion give off such a wonderful aroma while grilling. This is a healthy dish that is satisfying enough to be enjoyed for both lunch and dinner.
Asparagus and Shrimp Risotto – It seems that during the hot summer months we like to lighten up our meal choices and eat leaner foods, after all we have to put on those bathing suits at some point. This recipe is basically a meal in a bowl that serves 4 people consists of some risotto rice, white wine and Parmesan cheese. I think any time that you combine shrimp with Parmesan, it is a sure fire hit, the flavors are a very natural combination. If you have never made risotto before, don’t stress over it, you can try making a pot of it by itself to get used to the process and by the time your ready to make this recipe you will be a natural.
Crab-Stuffed Shrimp – This is a great dish to show off by arranging the shrimp on an attractive serving platter, put down a bed of greens first and you have an exceptional dish that will have your guests wanting. Stuffing one seafood with another, what could be more natural and delicious? Made with crab meat, your can use imitation if you like but I suggest real and fresh crab meat. Other ingredients are mushrooms, dry sherry, whipping cream, the shrimp and that natural partner, Parmesan cheese. One variation you can find on it’s reviews is the substitution of crushed Ritz crackers instead of the breadcrumbs which they claim was a huge hit.
There you have 5 of the best shrimp recipes I offer you to try. I am sure you will find something that you will enjoy serving your family and friends. Enjoy the these lighter dishes during the summer heat and avoid that heavy feeling you can get from foods like pot roast and the like.