Thursday, February 23, 2023

Seafood Meals for the Lenten Season...Featuring Sizzling Garlic Shrimp #shrimp #seafood #lentenfridaymeals #garlic

It's officially the Lenten season for Catholics -- which means Friday meals are meatless around here until Easter. Growing up on the Texas Gulf Coast, I grew up eating lots of seafood. Gulf shrimp? Don’t even get me started…it’s still my favorite food! Today, I'm sharing a simply delicious recipe for Sizzling Garlic Shrimp. It's made with just FIVE simple ingredients...but they combine to provide HUGE flavor. It's quick to make for a speedy dinner…and it also makes a fabulous appetizer. Here's an insiders' tip for you: if you buy shrimp that are already peeled and deveined, this dish can literally be ready to eat in about 10 minutes. If you're not watching your carb intake, put a loaf of French bread in the oven to serve on the side -- it's perfect for soaking up the flavorful sauce!

Sizzling Garlic Shrimp
adapted from Fish Market 
Ingredients (makes two main dish servings...or four appetizer servings):
  • 2 TBS good-quality olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 dried chiles de Arbol -- split open remove seeds
  • 1 pound 16/20 count shrimp -- peeled with tails removed
  • Handful flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For serving: sliced, toasted French baguette OR cooked cauliflower rice
                Step 1: Heat olive oil in a sauté pan over Medium-High heat. Add sliced garlic and chiles. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. 
                Step 2: Add shrimp, sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Sauté shrimp for 3-4 minutes, until cooked through and pink.
                Step 3: To serve, divide the shrimp and flavored oil between four small, warmed bowls. You can also pour the shrimp mixture into one warmed serving bowl. Sprinkle the chopped  parsley over top just prior to serving.
                I absolutely love it when a simple dish takes mere minutes to prepare, but tastes like a gourmet treat! This shrimp is bursting with garlicky flavor, with a hint of spice from the dried peppers. If you're watching your carbs like I am, this shrimp is delicious served over seasoned cauliflower rice. Not only does this dish taste great…but your kitchen smells heavenly as it cooks. It doesn’t get much easier – or delicious – than this dish, friends!

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