Spiced Shrimp with Spinach and Coconut From ‘Cook. Nourish. Glow’

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Photograph by Susan Bell

By Amelia Freer

Spiced Shrimp with Spinach and Coconut
Serves 2

I love shrimp because they’re so versatile and quick to cook. This is a really simple meal that you can rustle up in minutes. But, as is always key with any quick meal, don’t skimp on the flavor. Here I’ve given you a lovely mix of spices that will satisfy your taste buds.

For the spice mixture:
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon caraway seeds
¼ teaspoon spicy red pepper flakes or crushed chili flakes
Sea salt

10 ounces raw jumbo shrimp, peeled
Coconut oil
¼ pound baby spinach
A small handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
½ cup coconut yogurt
Zest and juice of 1 small lemon
Freshly ground black pepper

To make the spice mixture, put the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, caraway seeds, pepper (or chili) flakes, and a generous pinch of sea salt into a mortar and pestle and pound together until you have a fine powder. Alternatively, if you have a hand-held blender with a jar attachment you can use this. Add to the shrimp in a large bowl and toss together to evenly coat them in the spices.

Heat a medium non-stick frying pan over high heat and add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Add the shrimp and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, turning frequently until they turn pink and are cooked through. Remove the shrimp from the pan and set aside.

Return the pan to medium heat, add another tablespoon of coconut oil, and wilt the spinach for 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the chopped cilantro. Lower the heat and return the shrimp to the pan. Stir in the coconut yogurt, lemon zest and juice and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the sauce is creamy and slightly thickened, then remove from the heat and serve immediately.

Reprinted with permission from Cook. Nourish. Glow. 120 Recipes That Will Help You Lose Weight, Look Younger, and Feel Healthier by Amelia Freer (Harper Wave).


More healthy recipes to make at home:

Gnocchi with Squash and Kale from ‘The Best and Lightest’

Gluten-Free Seeded Bread from ‘At My Table’

Spicy Stir-Fried Bok Choy and Shiitakes from ‘Paleo Perfected’