How to Saute Shrimp With Garlic

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Many people enjoy the sizzle and smell of a well-executed saute, especially if the main ingredient is shrimp. Sauteing shrimp and garlic can be done quickly, taking about 10 to 12 minutes total to get it to the table. This seemingly indulgent treat also can be healthy, provided you use a healthy oil for sauteing and added butter is kept to a minimum. Three ounces of shrimp contains 1 gram of fat and 90 calories, while providing 17 grams of protein. Opting for 1 tbsp. of olive oil instead of butter saves you 5 grams of fat over an equal amount of butter and contains no trans-fat.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 lb. shrimp, washed and peeled
  • Frying pan
  • 2 tbsp. of butter or olive oil
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. of parsley
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. of a spice of choice (optional)
  • Put butter or oil into a frying pan along with the white wine and preheat the pan to medium heat.

  • Throw the garlic into the pan after one minute and let cook for two to four minutes or until the garlic starts to turn brown.

  • Toss the shrimp into the frying pan. Carefully toss the shrimp up and down in the pan for about three minutes or until the shrimp turn opaque.

  • Remove from heat and add parsley, lemon, or a spice of choice to taste.

  • Serve as a main dish with rice or noodles or alone as an appetizer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Buy the freshest shrimp, garlic, and herbs or spices to ensure best results.
  • Use a heavy-bottomed pan. These pans distribute heat more evenly.

References

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