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The BlueSmoke Gazette--Grilled Shrimp For Mother's Day?
May 06, 2009

Grillin' Shrimpies

The weather was fantastic here today, with sunny skies, a light breeze and 80 degrees showing on the thermometer. I took a little walk this morning along the Martinez Trail before it warmed up, which felt pretty darned nice except for the aches and pains. After doing some work on the web site I had an appointment with my doctor to talk about losing some weight.

I've put on more poundage than I care to admit over the last 8 months, and it has to come off...along with another 20 or 40 or 60 pounds. I have to do the basic stuff -- be more active (hence my twice or thrice daily walks) and eat fewer calories worth of more healthful shrimp, for instance! (Nice segue, huh?)

Shrimp are healthful eating, and low in calories too. Not only that, they are easy to prepare and they cook in minutes. Shrimp can be simply grilled with very little added in the way of seasonings, or flavored up in any number of concoctions. Whether grilled peel-on or peeled, marinated or seasoned with spices, shrimp is versatile, healthful and just plain good eating.

The one most important thing to know about grilling shrimp is to cook it until it's just barely done and no further. It doesn't take long either, just a few minutes. When the grayish flesh turns an opaque white, take the shrimp off. Residual heat will continue to cook it to the center. You can also go by the color of the shell. When it has changed in color completely, it's ready to go. It doesn't take much overcooking to turn a tender shrimp into a dry, rubbery chew toy.

Here's one of my favorite shrimp recipes.

Soy Garlic Shrimp

This marinade is enough for 1 pound of deveined, shell-on jumbo or colossal shrimp.
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed

In a medium bowl, combine the soy sauce, sugar and garlic. Add the shrimp and marinate for at least 10 minutes, up to 30. Grill for about 2 minutes per side over medium high heat.

Grilled Shrimp Recipes

Easy Grilled Shrimp
We'll start out with a real easy one here. Shell on shrimp is dusted with a single seasoning and grilled. A easy butter sauce can be made for dipping.

BBQ Shrimp Marinade
Parsley, basil and oregano flavor these little shrimpies before hitting the grill.

Grilled Shrimp Diablo
Depending on how heavy handed you are with the seasoning, these can be a little spicy, or just plain hot! Cold drinks recommended.

Shrimp Taco Wraps
Shrimp wrapped in a flour tortilla with rice, guacamole, cheese and sour cream. I like to use whole wheat tortillas with this one.

Chili Butter Shrimp
Probably not the lowest in fat, with the butter and all, but everything's ok in moderation, isn't it?

Grilled Shrimp Recipes
This is just an overview of the shrimp recipes, with a little added information for good measure.

Grilled Salmon Recipes

Honey Glazed Salmon
Salmon steaks are brushed with a honey-soy glaze. Fillets can be used in place of steaks if desired.

Lemon Rosemary Salmon
A fillet of salmon is grilled in foil with all the spices and herbs. Nice and easy with no messy grill to clean up! And it's just about time for Copper River salmon to show up...keep your eyes open!

Grilled Salmon Tips
Information about grilling salmon, along with a couple of recipes.

Other Stuff

Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Filet Mignon

Beer Butt Chicken

Buffalo Shrimp

My Favorite Smoker Thermometer

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