OK, this is an absolutely heavenly (and easy of course) dinner that you need to make ASAP! If you like shrimp scampi you will love this. It’s a lightened up version that’s bursting with lemony, garlicky flavor without all the fat. I cook with my friend Renee a lot and we made this the other night for our boys. The whole baking dish was gone in minutes.
This would be great on a bed of pasta, but we were trying to make this an overall healthy dinner so I made an arugula salad with a balsamic reduction instead. I’m obsessed with arugula and this salad was a hit with everyone.
We paired this dinner with Palomas, the skinny tequila cocktail I posted about this week. It was a fantastic, gourmet, homemade dinner that was so simple to throw together, just the way I like it!
Garlic Baked Shrimp
(Serves 4 if other side items are served. If this is the only thing being served it serves 2-3)
- 1 lb LARGE raw shrimp, deveined, peeled and tails removed (if frozen, dethaw before making this dish)
- 2 tbsp light butter, melted
- Juice from ½ a lemon
- 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
- 2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tbsp lemon zest
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup corn flakes cereal, crushed
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine shrimp, lemon juice, garlic, paprika and salt & pepper. Pour into a small baking dish.
- In another bowl, combine cornflakes, butter, Parmesan cheese, lemon zest and parsley until it reaches a course, mealy consistency – just enough to evenly blend the ingredients.
- Sprinkle cornflakes mixture over shrimp. Transfer to oven and bake until shrimp are pink and cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.
Arugula Salad (serves 1)
1 cup fresh arugula
- balsamic reduction (either buy it already in reduction form—Trader Joe’s has it!—or make it yourself. Instructions here.)
- dried cranberries
- nut of choice (I like the lightly candied or the sweet and spicy nuts from Trader Joes’s)
- freshly cut Parmesan (I like small chunks)
- Place arugula in a small bowl
- Drizzle very lightly with balsamic reduction (the reduction is very thick, sweet and syrupy so you only need the smallest amount)
- Add desired amount of cranberries, nuts and cheese