Grilling season is here and these curry shrimp skewers are an easy and flavorful break from the ordinary burgers and other typical BBQ fare. Shrimp tends to be a people pleaser (it is one of only two “creatures who swim” that the picky eater in my house will willingly eat!) and that’s a good thing, because it is also a great source of several nutrients that can be in short supply in most people’s diets.
Why eat shrimp?
Astaxanthin in shrimp
Astaxanthin is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory carotenoid that may support the nervous system, musculoskeletal system, and possibly decrease risk of colon cancer and certain diabetes-related problems. A single 4-ounce serving of shrimp can contain 1-4 milligrams of astaxanthin, depending on the astaxanthin content of the food it consumed. Therein lies one of the challenges with shrimp, because much of the shrimp sold in the United States is unsustainably farmed fish that is imported from Asia, where it is likely fed synthetic astaxanthin. If possible, buy wild caught shrimp from Canada, the United States (Florida and the Gulf of Mexico, in particular), or Mexico.
Selenium and other micronutrients in shrimp
A serving of shrimp provides 100% of your daily needs of selenium, and there is evidence that it is a form that your body can easily utilize. It is also a very good source of phosphorous (50% of your daily need), copper (32%), iodine (31%), and zinc (17%). You’ll also get almost all of the vitamin B12 you need for the day, along with some vitamin B3, B6, E, A, choline, and pantothenic acid. Get the full nutrient profile of shrimp here.
Omega 3 fatty acids in shrimp
Shrimp sometimes gets knocked in the conventional nutrition work because it is a high cholesterol food, though fortunately most experts are now letting go of the outdated and disproven notion that a high cholesterol diet is the cause of high cholesterol in the blood. If anything, people with cardiovascular concerns should be eating MORE shrimp! It is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids and contains roughly equal amounts of two specific omega-3s, EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).
A word about AIP curry powder
I developed this dish using this AIP-compliant Enlightened Curry Powder, which is available from ShopAIP. If you have reintroduced enough seed spices to be able to use a commercially available regular curry powder, feel free. Or, you can use this recipe to make your own. If you are looking for other recipes to use this seasoning mix, check out this sweet potato and asparagus salad recipe.
Grilled Curry Shrimp Skewers Recipe
- Combine curry powder, lime juice and zest, and olive oil in a large covered container or ziplock bag. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Place in refrigerator to marinate for 1 hour.
- Preheat grill to high heat.
- Remove shrimp from marinade, shaking off excess liquid but trying to keep as much of the seasoning as possible still coating the shrimp.
- Thread shrimp onto wooden skewers, about 4-6 per each skewer so that you end up with 4-6 skewers.
- Place skewers on hot grill and grill for 2-3 minutes.
- Carefully flip each skewer and grill for another 2 minutes or until shrimp are completely opaque.
- Serve with lime wedges.
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