Spicy Peppered Shrimp

Spicy and smoky shrimp!

For me, shrimp has been a food that has had to grow on me. I have only been eating shrimp for a few years, but I am really starting to enjoy them. Shrimp are a great way to add more Omega-3 fatty acids to your diet. They provide a healthy dose of the trace mineral, Selenium. Selenium intake has been linked to decreased incidence of cancer. People worry about cholesterol in shrimp, but cholesterol is essential to a healthy body. Cholesterol is used for sex hormone production and to reinforce cell walls. Your brain is made up of large amounts of cholesterol and it aids in vitamin D production. Dietary cholesterol does not necessarily cause coronary heart disease. See a collection of related articles at The Healthy Skeptic or this The Cholesterol Myth video for more information.

I think shrimp have a slightly sweet flavor on their own, so they are a nice protein to pair with either sweet or spicy flavors. This dish blends peppery heat and smoky spice. Enjoy!

Spicy Peppered Shrimp


  • 6-8 ounces of raw shrimp, peeled and deveined with tails left on
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

What to do:

In a bowl large enough to hold all of the shrimp, combine all of the ingredients except the shrimp. Whisk together and add the shrimp. Stir to cover the shrimp with the marinade. Place the bowl in the refrigerator for one hour. Stir several times during that time to make sure the marinade covers all of the shrimp.

Preheat the broiler to high. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and place them on a baking sheet. Place them under the broiler for 7-8 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through.

Serve warm and enjoy!

Yield 2 meal servings or 4 appetizer servings.

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