high-protein, low-carb, low-fat, lemon garlic-shrimp recipe
high-protein, low-carb, low-fat, lemon garlic-shrimp recipe

Recipe: Lemon-Garlic Shrimp

This recipe is adapted from The Shredded Chef. Included are the exact calories and macronutrients per serving. The preparation and cooking time from the original recipe are also included. Along with the ingredients from the original recipe, I’ve also listed what my substitutions were in re-creating the lemon-garlic shrimp recipe and my reason for doing so.

Recipe Details

  • Servings: 4
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking time: 10-15 minutes
  • Per Serving
    • Calories: 205
    • Protein: 33 grams
    • Carbohydrates: 15 grams
    • Fat: 4 grams
    • Macro-nutrient breakdown: Protein 58% Carbs 26% Fat 16%

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 pound raw shrimp
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 pounds asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 gloves of garlic
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tsp corn starch
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsely, chopped

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Recipe Instructions

  • Vegetables
    1. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray, medium-high heat
    2. Saute bell peppers, asparagus, lemon zest, 1/4 tsp salt
    3. Saute until vegetables are soft (~6 min)
    4. Transfer vegetables to plate/bowl
  • Shrimp
    1. Saute oil and garlic in skillet for 30 sec
    2. Add shrimp
    3. Combine chicken broth, corn starch, and 1/4 tsp salt in a bowl and whisk/stir
    4. Pour over shrimp, stirring often until sauce thickens
    5. When shrimp is pink and cooked through, remove from heat
    6. Add lemon juice and parsely and mix
    7. Pour over vegetables

My Recipe Substitutions

  • For cooking spray, I used Spectrum Coconut Spray Oil. It’s been my go-to cooking spray lately.
  • I reduced the amount of asparagus to 1 pound in order to reduce carbs to fit my current nutritional plan. I also didn’t want my skillet to overflow.
  • I didn’t use lemon zest, simply because I didn’t have a zester on hand, and I was too lazy to shave it with some other sharp device.
  • I used 2 tsp of corn starch because the sauce didn’t thicken enough to my liking.high-protein, low-carb, low-fat, lemon garlic-shrimp recipe 
    chopped bell peppers
    Chop bell peppers.
    chopped asparagus
    Chop asparagus.
    saute chopped bell peppers and asparagus
    Saute chopped bell peppers, asparagus, and 1/4 tsp salt. Set aside.
    chicken broth corn starch mixture
    Make a chicken broth corn starch mixture. I doubled up on corn starch.
    saute shrimp, garlic, and olive oil
    Saute shrimp, garlic, and olive oil.
    saute shrimp, garlic, olive oil while adding chicken broth  and corn starch mix
    Saute shrimp, garlic, and olive oil while adding chicken broth and corn starch mix.

    high-protein, low-carb, low-fat, lemon garlic-shrimp recipe
    Add lemon juice, parsley, and mix and serve the lemon-garlic shrimp recipe.

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Recipe Review and Potential Enhancements

As with the Zucchini Frittata Recipe, I really liked that this fit pretty well with my macro-nutrient plan. It is a high protein and relatively low-carb, low-fat, and low-calorie recipe. It is clean, healthy, and very tasty! The lemon and chicken broth sauce is so easy to make and packs a flavorful punch. Lemon juice can really bring a dish to life, making it one of my favorite ingredients.

The lemon-garlic shrimp recipe was only moderately time-consuming because of the number of ingredients involved and the requirement of peeling shrimp. If I were to make it again, I’d use only asparagus (again 1 pound is enough for me) and pass on the red bell pepper altogether. I’d also saute the shrimp, garlic, and olive oil a while longer before pouring the chicken broth and corn starch mixture.

Ting Wang

Lemon-Garlic Shrimp Recipe
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