Shrimp in Creamy Horseradish Sauce

Why does everyone think that people like me must have a “specialty” or a “favorite food” or even a “recipe I make most often”? By “people like me” I mean those that have an insatiable obsession with food and cooking. If I’m wrong and you think I should have those things, then I guess I must be a bad foodie. If I’m right and I’m not alone here, work with me to dispel this common myth, please!

You know what I’m talking about. When your love affair extends to so many fruits and veggies and nuts and meats and cheeses, and combining them in any which way that strikes your palette on a particular day, how can you be expected to choose a favorite, never mind stick with the same thing over and over again?

I swear, sometimes I think having a couple of food allergies would make my life a lot simpler.

But as it stands, there is really no good reason to make myself choose a favorite when instead I could just continue on trying to taste all the different ingredients and flavors that could possibly come out of my kitchen.

Hopefully that clears things up. (And for what it’s worth, I’m always truly humbled when someone tells me that one of my recipes in their “rotation.” I don’t even have one of those.) But actually, I do have a couple of scenarios that would justify making the same meal over and over.

1: It has to be really, really good. You know, the kind of food that leaves your mouth still watering after your last bite.

2: A blogging malfunction. You know, you forgot to pick up the right garnish and can’t fathom taking the picture when it’s not “just right”, or the camera mysteriously eats the photos right off the memory card.

And when both 1 and 2 happen at the same time, there’s extra good reason to make the same meal two weeks in a row. You probably guessed that’s what happened during Round 1 of Shrimp in Creamy Horseradish Sauce (and yes, it was the camera disaster, not the missing garnish). But I didn’t let that get me down. It was too easy not to make again – just a few simple pantry ingredients coming together in less than 10 minutes. And better yet, it was way too tasty to keep to myself. Having a rotation might not be such a bad thing after all.
We served this zesty shrimp with a side of bulgur and steamed vegetables, but it would also be great over mixed greens for a filling salad.

Shrimp in Creamy Horseradish Sauce
Adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen, Original Recipe from Lose Weight the Smart Low-Carb Way
Printable Recipe

a few thin slices of lemon
generous pinch of salt
12 oz large or jumbo raw shrimp, thawed if frozen
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 tablespoon (1/2 oz) plain nonfat Greek yogurt
1 large scallion, thinly sliced
salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste

Fill a wide, deep saute pan (or any pan that will allow the shrimp to fit in a single layer) with a few inches of water. Add the lemon slices and salt, cover, and bring to a boil. Allow to cook for 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together the lemon juice, mustard, olive oil, horseradish, yogurt, and scallion in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Uncover the water, reduce heat to a simmer, and add the shrimp. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until just opaque. Drain the shrimp in a colander, discarding the lemon slices.

Add the shrimp to the bowl with the yogurt mixture, and toss to coat. Serve right away, or chilled.

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 2
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 259.8
Total Fat: 9.8 g
Cholesterol: 255.0 mg
Sodium: 457.4 mg
Total Carbs: 3.8 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.5 g
Protein: 35.6 g

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25 Responses to “Shrimp in Creamy Horseradish Sauce”

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    Emily — February 23, 2011 @ 2:02 pm Reply

    Mmm… I have some stonewall kitchen horseradish cream (prob not as healthy as yours!) in my pantry that I have had no clue what to do with. Shrimp is a perfect accompaniment!

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    The USA Kiwi — February 23, 2011 @ 3:32 pm Reply

    Recipes like this make me wish I didn't have a shellfish allergy!

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    Nicole, RD — February 23, 2011 @ 3:40 pm Reply

    I LOL'ed at this…"I swear, sometimes I think having a couple of food allergies would make my life a lot simpler." I've thought that same thing a time or two! This looks wonderful – bookmarked! I adore shrimp and horseradish.P.S. Made your edamame guacamole for my family. They were totally weirded out by the edamame (*eye roll*) but they LOVED the guac!! :)

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    chrysta — February 24, 2011 @ 5:03 pm Reply

    Im a huge fan of all food. I have some staples that I use during the week while im busy at work just to make my life simplier but man..when I have the time I love lots of variety!

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    Barbara — February 24, 2011 @ 5:24 pm Reply

    Gosh, that really looks good, Cara. After all, we eat cold shrimp with a red horseradish sauce, so this is a natural. Presentation for foodie photos drives me crazy! Some people are so talented in that department! I snap, go look, then come back and snap again. Hard to do when everyone's waiting for their food!

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    Shannon — March 2, 2011 @ 1:12 pm Reply

    haha, i don't have a rotation either… for the same reasons :) but im a new convert to horseradish, so i'll have to give this a try!!

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    Barbara — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    Gosh, that really looks good, Cara. After all, we eat cold shrimp with a red horseradish sauce, so this is a natural. Presentation for foodie photos drives me crazy! Some people are so talented in that department! I snap, go look, then come back and snap again. Hard to do when everyone's waiting for their food!

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    chrysta — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    Im a huge fan of all food. I have some staples that I use during the week while im busy at work just to make my life simplier but man..when I have the time I love lots of variety!

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    Emily — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Mmm… I have some stonewall kitchen horseradish cream (prob not as healthy as yours!) in my pantry that I have had no clue what to do with. Shrimp is a perfect accompaniment!

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    Bridget — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Your protein waffles are totally in this boat for me right now. I wasn't happy with the photos from the first time I made them, didn't have time to take photos the next time, and the background I wanted to use was dirty the third time. At least I'm eating healthy breakfasts on the weekends as a result!This is an interesting recipe. I was expecting it to be a hot dish, but it's more like a shrimp salad. Either way, it looks great.

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    Joanne — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    I actually never make a recipe twice so I always kind of cringe when people ask me that question. I'm not such a big shrimp fan but I love the intensity of the horseradish sauce. I bet it would be fantastic over some salmon!

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    Dawn Hutchins — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    This looks great Cara, I LOVE horseradish and am adding it to my grocery list right now. Am am with you…very rarely do I repeat a meal…there are just so many recipes out there to try!

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    Tasha — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Hoseradish is an ingredient I rarely think to use but love. This sauce sounds awesome and I am always looking for differnet ways to prepare shrimp!

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    Kalynskitchen — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    So glad you liked it enough to make the recipe twice!

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    Debi (Table Talk) — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    Hmmm…I like your thinking Cara- I am ready to starting thinking about lighter food, and this sounds so bright and full of zip!

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    Shannon — March 28, 2011 @ 8:42 pm Reply

    haha, i don't have a rotation either… for the same reasons :) but im a new convert to horseradish, so i'll have to give this a try!!

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    Shanon — March 28, 2011 @ 8:43 pm Reply

    ha, cara! i am with you…i have no rotation either. sometimes i forget that it is even an option to remake something. although, i have to admit, the one (and possibly only) recipe i have repeated was one you directed me to…those black bean and feta tacos. they are just so cheap, easy and delicious. also, your photos are looking beautiful!

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    The USA Kiwi — March 28, 2011 @ 8:43 pm Reply

    Recipes like this make me wish I didn't have a shellfish allergy!

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    Nicole, RD — March 28, 2011 @ 8:49 pm Reply

    I LOL'ed at this…"I swear, sometimes I think having a couple of food allergies would make my life a lot simpler." I've thought that same thing a time or two! This looks wonderful – bookmarked! I adore shrimp and horseradish.P.S. Made your edamame guacamole for my family. They were totally weirded out by the edamame (*eye roll*) but they LOVED the guac!! :)

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    Shannon — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    haha, i don't have a rotation either… for the same reasons :) but im a new convert to horseradish, so i'll have to give this a try!!

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    Nicole, RD — March 29, 2011 @ 2:04 am Reply

    I LOL'ed at this…"I swear, sometimes I think having a couple of food allergies would make my life a lot simpler." I've thought that same thing a time or two! This looks wonderful – bookmarked! I adore shrimp and horseradish.P.S. Made your edamame guacamole for my family. They were totally weirded out by the edamame (*eye roll*) but they LOVED the guac!! :)

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    chrysta — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Im a huge fan of all food. I have some staples that I use during the week while im busy at work just to make my life simplier but man..when I have the time I love lots of variety!

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    The USA Kiwi — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Recipes like this make me wish I didn't have a shellfish allergy!

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    Emily — April 5, 2011 @ 1:16 am Reply

    Mmm… I have some stonewall kitchen horseradish cream (prob not as healthy as yours!) in my pantry that I have had no clue what to do with. Shrimp is a perfect accompaniment!

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    kitchen interior — February 10, 2012 @ 8:55 am Reply

    Your shrimp dish is great, thanks for the delicious recipe.

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