I have always been a huge fan of shrimp. It’s so versatile! I mean, all you have to do it watch Forrest Gump to know some of the ways it can be prepared!
My grandparents lived on the coast of Mississippi so we ALWAYS had a lot of shrimp at our disposal. I even got to go on a shrimp boat once and do some of the dirty work. I think I prefer buying it already de-headed and de-veined though!
My absolutely favorite way was when my Mimi made her horseradish-mustard sauce to go with boiled shrimp – which I’d love to share with you – buuuut it’s a family secret.
Don’t worry – I have plenty of others to share with you…like this delicious gem!
“Fried” Shrimp with Spicy Sauce (serves 2)
8 oz. pre-cooked shrimp, tails removed
1 Tbsp. white whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Heat oil in a skillet on medium heat.
Mix together flour, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic powder and cayenne in a plastic bag.
Pat shrimp dry and place half in the bag. Shake until coated.
Add to skillet. Repeat with remaining shrimp and add to skillet. You may need to work in batches. Cook shrimp for about 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown.
Remove and serve with spicy sauce…
3 Tbsp. fat-free mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. Spicy mustard
1/2 Tbsp. ketchup
2 tsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
2 tsp. prepared Horseradish
1 tsp. Tabasco
Mix ingredients together until smooth and refrigerate until ready to use. You can obviously modify the cayenne/Tabasco to appease your taste buds!
Pour sauce over shrimp. Or you can eat it on the side like me…because I don’t like mixing my food until I am good and ready! (We know I also had to disguise the mayonnaise from my self since I am a child – so I made this pretty spicy!) I think if I get over said tantrum, I might invest in some mini hoagies from the grocery store and make this concoction into a Po-Boy!
Tonight, I served this with some homemade cornbread and…wait for it, pimento cheese potato skins! Told you I was going to find another way to use my new-found creation for something delicious – I just added a little fat-free cream cheese to stretch it a bit! Now tell me this doesn’t look like a great low-fat meal…
So make this, kick back with a cold beer and imagine you are near the ocean…or just walk outside if you live anywhere near me and enjoy the 70 degree weather that is happening in FEBRUARY!