Packed with protein and the free-radical-fighter selenium but containing virtually no fat, shrimp belongs in a health-conscious diet not just for its nutrients, but also because of its ability to pick up the flavors and seasonings. Since shrimp can also absorb cooking oil, stick to lower-fat preparation methods, such as grilling, sauteing, and poaching. The recipes on the following slides will give you plenty of ideas.
In this recipe, simple poached shrimp accompany bitter mustard greens and briny, oily anchovies.
Chimichurri, a mix of chopped herbs, garlic, and olive oil, is a Latin American sauce that traditionally accompanies steak. Here, the condiment adds tang to the shrimp, peppers, and tomatoes.
The main ingredients of this hearty Asian soup -- shrimp, scallops, and noodles -- simmer in a broth of sake, shiitake mushrooms, and ginger, allowing each ingredient's distinct, pure flavor to assert itself.