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Gorgeous Garlic Lime Shrimp

The following recipe is a great way to add flavor to your seafood. Cooking with shrimp is simple because this type of seafood cooks so fast. Also, you can see when it is done. When you are cooking a pork chop, a chicken breast, or a steak, for example, it can be hard to determine when your food is cooked, unless you are an expert and can tell by touching it. You cannot tell by looking at the outside of a piece of meat on the stove or grill what it is like inside, unless you know how long it has been cooking and you feel it.

With shrimp, they turn from gray to pink when they are cooked and this might take thirty seconds for small shrimp or a couple of minutes for bigger ones. This makes shrimp a wonderful ingredient to opt for if you are new to the world of cooking and you want to make something easy and not overcook the meal. Seafood is terrible when it is overcooked because it goes tough and rubbery.

Too many people have tasted overcooked calamari at a bad Spanish restaurant or tapas bar and it has put them off it for life, which is a shame because properly cooked seafood is amazing. The following recipe combines the shrimp with tangy lime and lemon, as well as parsley, cayenne pepper, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and a little sugar, so you can imagine how flavorful and delicious this garlic lime shrimp recipe is going to be.

Easy Shrimp Recipe with Citrus and Parsley
Summary: Shrimp are sautéed with garlic, lime and other fragrant ingredients to make this hot, succulent dish. Ideal for seafood fans, this can be served with rice, pasta or another starch.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 2
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  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 ½ tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 10 large shrimp in their shells
  • 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper to taste
  1. Melt the butter in a medium-sized skillet over a medium heat.
  2. Add the lemon juice, lime juice, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, white sugar, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Sauté for 30 seconds before adding the shrimp.
  4. Sauté the shrimp until they are opaque in the center (this should take about 3 minutes), turning them occasionally.
  5. Stir in the parsley and serve with pasta or rice.

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You can either peel these shrimp before you cook them or leave the shell on and let people peel their own. A good compromise though is to remove the shell, leaving the tail on. Then people have the choice of whether to eat with their fingers or whether to use their knife and fork. Not everyone likes peeling seafood because it is messy and can leave an odor on the fingers. You can see from the picture how juicy and appetizing these shrimp are and this is one of the nicest shrimp appetizer recipes ever.

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