Even though shrimp contains more cholesterol than other meats, it has less fat, especially saturated fat. And it’s saturated fat, not the actual cholesterol, has the greatest influence on your blood cholesterol. Shrimp also contains those healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are an essential nutrient for your heart, immune system, and brain health.
Try this healthy recipe that serves 4 people.
1/2 pound uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined (about 32 medium shrimp)
2 ½ tablespoons tomato paste
1 1/2 teaspoons water
1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/2 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
• Rinse the shrimp in cold water. Pat dry and set aside.
• To make the marinade, whisk together the tomato paste, water and oil in a small bowl. Add garlic, chili powder and oregano. Blend well.
• Soak bamboo skewers in water for about 10 minutes. This ensures they do not burn or splinter. Skewer about 4 shrimp per stick, and place on a plate.
• Using a silicone brush, spread the marinade (it will be thick) on both sides of the shrimp. Place in the refrigerator.
• Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill or broiler (grill). Away from the heat source, lightly coat the grill rack or broiler pan with cooking spray. Position the cooking rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.
• Put the shrimp on the grill. Turn the shrimp after 3 to 4 minutes. The cooking time varies depending on the heat of the fire, so watch carefully.
• Transfer to a plate and serve immediately with cocktail sauce!
Nutrition Per Serving
|Serving size: 8 medium shrimp|
|Total fat||2 g|
|Monounsaturated fat||1 g|
|Total carbohydrate||3 g|
|Dietary fiber||1 g|