Small plate of lightly-dressed shrimp is popular in Venice cicchetti bars.

Venetian Shrimp with Garlic Recipe


For a quick go-to meal, you can’t go wrong with shrimp. This is a light, yet satisfying meal popular in Venice bars that serve small plates (cicchetti), and it only takes about 15 minutes to make. Best of all, it’s a great choice for those on heart-healthy and diabetic diets, especially when served on a salad or as an appetizer. Mangé!

The Author Says: “This dish is one that is typically served in Venice in the cicchetti bars. –Barbara Seelig-Brown

Venetian Shrimp with Garlic Recipe

1 pound of small shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 large lemon, juiced
2 cloves garlic
1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt

Bring a 4-quart pot filled with water to a boil. Boil the shrimp until they are pink outside and opaque inside, about 3 minutes. Remove from pot with slotted spoon. Toss with lemon juice, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, parsley, and salt.

Serve with some cooked polenta or top a green salad with this mixture.

Yield: 8 servings
Serving size: 2 ounces shrimp each

1 Protein, lean
1/2 Fat

Nutritional Values: Calories: 65; Calories From Fat: 20; Total Fat: 2.5 g; Saturated Fat: 0.0 g; Cholesterol: 75 mg; Sodium: 240 mg; Potassium: 110 mg; Total Carbohydrates: 2 g; Dietary Fiber: 0 g; Sugars: 0 g; Protein 8 g; Phosphorus: 225 g

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Secrets of Healthy CookingSecrets of Healthy CookingRecipe Source: “Secrets of Healthy Cooking: A Guide to Simplifying the Art of Heart Healthy and Diabetic Cooking by Barbara Seelig-Brown (American Diabetes Association)
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