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Recently I got into the habit of keeping a big bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer because I always forget to defrost chicken and other meaty proteins in time for dinner. (Although, when I do manage to think ahead and thaw out some chicken breasts, I feel like an absolute CHAMP.) Since shrimp thaw in a flash and can also be cooked from frozen, it's a delicious alternative.
Feeling inspired by the Kitchn food team's 12 ways to turn frozen shrimp into a damn good dinner, I sought out even more ideas. This skillet shrimp recipe from Rasa Malaysia, made with garlic, honey, salt, cayenne pepper, and fresh lime juice, is shaping up to be a major weeknight dinner contender.
To make these, heat up a cast iron skillet and sauté some garlic in butter and olive oil. Stir in rinsed frozen shrimp and cook a little bit before adding honey, lime juice, salt, and cayenne. The sauce will thicken as the shrimp cooks — this will only take around five minutes. Since this cooks so quickly, plan your sides ahead. The recipe author suggests serving with pasta or cilantro lime rice. I have a feeling this would taste great over a bed of zoodles too.
So there you have it. If you haven't already made a habit of buying frozen shrimp from the grocery store, you probably will now. Plus, bagged shrimp is often already shelled, deveined, and a little easier on the wallet than fresh shrimp from the fish counter (which was probably frozen to begin with TBH).
→ Get the Recipe: Garlic Honey Lime Shrimp from Rasa Malaysia