Crustacean creations: Shrimp 5 ways


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Benjamin Buford “Bubba” Blue wasn’t kidding about shrimp; there are a million delicious ways to eat them — and none of them need to involve frying or heaps of butter. Put away the ketchup and horseradish, because shrimp cocktail will seem utterly boring once you’ve tried these five amazing recipes.


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Grilled shrimp with cilantro, lime and peanuts
If you’re looking for a seafood option for your next big barbecue, we’ve got just the recipe for you. Martha Stewart gives grilled shrimp a Vietnamese twist with peanuts, cilantro and fish sauce, while steering clear of bad fats and too many calories. Quick, easy and sure to impress at your next cookout. Click here for the recipe.


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Fat-free shrimp salsa
Everyone loves dips, but unfortunately they tend to be packed with fat via cream cheese, sour cream or cheese. This fat-free shrimp salsa from The Londoner has none of the above. Using, shrimp, cherry tomatoes, red onion, Jalapenos, coriander, lime juice and salt, this recipe is perfect as a light appetizer. Wash it down with a Skinnygirl margarita while you’re at it! Click here for the salsa recipe.


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Shrimp salad on cucumber slices
We adore these bite-sized shrimp salad apps from Skinnytaste. The recipe cleverly substitutes fat-free Greek yogurt for mayo to get the creamy taste and texture that’s key to a good shrimp salad. The celery and cucumber add the perfect crunch. Plus, you’re cutting calories and adding some good nutrients by serving it on cucumbers rather than crackers. Each only has 15.7 calories and 0.4 grams of fat! Click here for the recipe.


Photo: Emeril Lagasse, Food Network

Tequila ceviche with shrimp and scallops
Ceviche is a summer necessity. Cool, refreshing and light, this ceviche from Food Network’s Emeril Lagasse uses shrimp and scallops, but takes a unique approach by throwing tequila into the mix. Bonus points for serving it in half a coconut! Click here for the recipe.



Photo: Rita Maas, Epicurious

Mango shrimp summer rolls
This Epicurious recipe takes a little more time and patience than the rest of them, but we guarantee it’s worth it. It’s a great way to introduce yourself to Asian ingredients you might not yet be familiar with, including vermicelli rice-stick noodles and fish sauce. The mango, cucumber and mint really make this a refreshing snack or appetizer for those hot balmy summer days. If you want to take it up another notch, try making a peanut sauce to pair with it. Click here for the recipe.