Gluten-Free Maple Dijon Shrimp

Shrimp is my quick and easy dinner protein, especially because I can use frozen, peeled and deveined shrimp in only 10 minutes. This sauce is sweet and tangy and sticks perfectly to the shrimp, making it just right for licking your fingers. I buy a 2 lb bag of frozen large shrimp when I find it on sale so that I always have some on hand. If you have time, make the sauce about 30 minutes before and let the shrimp marinate in the refrigerator allowing for a more robust flavor. I served the shrimp over vegetable infused quinoa with steamed seasonal vegetables.

Preparation Time: 12 minutes

Cooking Time: 6-8 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

1 lb of SHRIMP, peeled and deveined (I like tail-on)
1/2 cup MAPLE SYRUP
2 tablespoons of LEMON JUICE
2 tablespoons of GLUTEN FREE SOY SAUCE
2 teaspoons DIJON MUSTARD
1 teaspoons GINGERROOT, minced
1 tablespoons of extra virgin OLIVE OIL
Dried PARSLEY
Sides:
Stovetop Quinoa (15-20 minutes)
Frozen seasonal vegetables (6-7 minutes)

Directions

  • PREPARE SHRIMP
    • If using frozen shrimp, you can quickly DEFROST them by placing the amount of shrimp you want to cook in a colander. Place the colander in a large bowl and run it under cold water until water covers the shrimp. Let the shrimp sit in the cold water for about 10 minutes. PULL the shrimp out of the water and RINSE with fresh water. DRAIN and PAT DRY before adding to marinade.
    • If you use shell on shrimp, which adds more flavor to the dish, it can get messy to eat. I prefer to remove the shells prior to cooking or purchase already shelled shrimp. But I do leave the tails on. It’s a personal choice.
    • DEVEIN the shrimp before cooking if you are taking the shell off
  • PREPARE QUINOA or RICE per package directions (15-20 minutes)
  • PREPARE MARINADE
    • In a large bowl (big enough for the shrimp), WHISK together maple syrup, lemon juice, gingerroot, gluten-free soy sauce, and mustard
    • ADD the thawed shrimp and MIX well to cover
    • If you have the time, REFRIGERATE for 30 minutes
  • PREPARE VEGETABLES per package directions (~8 minutes)
  • HEAT olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat
  • ADD the marinated shrimp to the skillet, spreading the shrimp out evenly in the pan and add some leftover marinade as well to heat as additional sauce
  • COOK the shrimp for 2 minutes and then TURN them over and cook another 2 minutes (this is mostly to heat them if using precooked shrimp). COOK 3-4 minutes a side if using uncooked shrimp, until they turn a nice pink.
  • REMOVE from heat and SPRINKLE with dried parsley
  • SERVE over quinoa or rice with a side of seasonal vegetables, using extra sauce if you like
  • STORE in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for 2 days

15-Minute Diary-Free Shrimp Scampi with Sweet Peas

Make any night special when you turn dairy-free butter, garlic, olive oil, red pepper flakes, and white wine into this quick and easy shrimp scampi. I use frozen jumbo shrimp with the tails on, which defrost in ice water in 10 minutes. Because I love sweet peas, I tend to go overboard with them in the mix – how many you add to the plate is really up to you.

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients

1-1/2 pounds (24-30) large or jumbo SHRIMP, shelled & deveined
I use tail-on because it's pretty. 6 to 8 shrimp per person
3 tablespoons vegan BUTTER
2 tablespoons extra virgin OLIVE OIL
4-5 cloves GARLIC, minced (1 tablespoon)
1/2 teaspoon RED PEPPER FLAKES (more to taste)
1/2 teaspoon KOSHER SALT (more to taste)
1/2 cup WHITE COOKING WINE
1 tablesppon LEMON JUICE
Ground BLACK PEPPER to taste
Top with PARSLEY, chopped
10-12 Ounces of SWEET PEAS (1 bag frozen)
SERVING SUGGESTION: Serve over JASMINE RICE

Directions

  • COOK rice or pasta according to package directions. This may take up to 20 minutes so start it before defrosting shrimp.
  • PREPARE SHRIMP
    • If using frozen shrimp, you can quickly DEFROST them by placing the amount of shrimp you want to cook in a colander. Place the colander in a large bowl and run it under cold water until water covers the shrimp. Let the shrimp sit in the cold water for about 10 minutes. PULL the shrimp out of the water and RINSE with fresh water. DRAIN and PAT DRY before adding to skillet.
    • Shell on shrimp adds more flavor to the scampi but is messy to eat, I prefer to remove the shells prior to cooking. But I do leave the tails on. It’s a personal choice.
    • DEVEIN shrimp before cooking if taking the shell off.
  • COOK frozen sweet peas according to package directions (usually 5 minutes in the microwave)
  • HEAT a skillet on high
  • When hot, REDUCE heat to medium-high and ADD butter and olive oil until melted and foam has subsided
  • ADD garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt and SAUTE until garlic starts to brown. Do not let the mixture burn.
  • ADD shrimp to skillet
  • STIR in the white wine and mix well. COAT shrimp well with the butter, oil, wine mixture
  • Evenly spread shrimp in the skillet and INCREASE heat to high
  • BOIL everything for 3 minutes
  • FLIP the shrimp over and BOIL for another 1-2 minutes
  • REMOVE from heat and ADD lemon juice and black pepper
  • SERVE over rice with sweet peas and a sprinkle of parsley
  • STORE in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days

Inspired by Simply Recipes Shrimp Scampi