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Healthy Shrimp Recipe


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I came across this healthy shrimp dinner recipe back in 2009. The first time I made it I fell in love and have been making it ever since! There is something about the combination of citrus and spicy that definitely makes this meal, my jam! And it couldn’t be easier to make; the longest part is waiting out the marinating time. Which in a pinch, you can cut out, but you’ll miss out on getting that full flavor into the shrimp.

Until recently I had no idea why the original recipe was called “Shrimp Paulista” but found out that this dish is a regional favorite in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where the residents call themselves “Paulistas” – fun fact!

I usually serve this healthy shrimp dinner with a side of either steamed broccoli or steamed green beans. I personally prefer the green beans because I think the garlic-lime sauce gives the beans a lovely zesty flavor as it runs all over the plate. My husband, on the other hand, prefers the broccoli. To each his (or her) own!

Looking for other healthy shrimp dinner ideas? Here are six other recipes to try:

Carrot and Squash Noodles with Shrimp and Tomatoes
Garlic Basil Shrimp Zucchini Noodles
Italian Squash & Shrimp Saute
Shrimp Noodle Bowl
Shrimp Tacos
Shrimp Stir-Fry

Healthy Shrimp Recipe

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By: EatingWell
Posted in: Dinner, Heart Healthy
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
5 min


  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Juice from 1 large lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced, divided
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper, divided
  • 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


for the marinade

  1. Place shrimp in a medium nonreactive bowl and toss with lime juice, 1/4 cup cilantro, half the garlic, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 20 minutes.

cooking directions

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

  2. Add the shrimp, marinade and remaining garlic.

  3. Cook until the shrimp are just cooked through, about 5 minutes.

  4. Remove from heat and add the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro, 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. red pepper. Toss to combine.

Recipe Notes

21 day fix container equivalents

1 red, 1 tsp

free foods include

Garlic, Cilantro, Lime Juice, Seasonings

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Tags: shrimp
Credit: EatingWell

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This healthy shrimp dinner recipe is easy to make and can be on the table in under 30 minutes! Shrimp Paulista is the perfect combination of citrus with a hint of spice! When I want a quick and easy shrimp recipe, this is it! | Rachel Freebairn Fitness | #healthyshrimpdinner #healthyrecipe #shrimprecipe #shirmpdinner #healthyshirmprecipe

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