One-Pot Garlicky Shrimp & Spinach
Shrimp, spinach and garlic brown and cook quickly for a simple one-pot weeknight dinner. A fast pan sauce gets life from zesty lemon juice, warm crushed red pepper and herby parsley. Serve with a slice of whole-wheat baguette to swipe up every last drop of sauce.
How to Make One-Pot Garlicky Shrimp & Spinach
Shrimp is a quick-cooking protein that blends well with any ingredient. Here we pair it with plenty of garlic and spinach and keep the prep quick by cooking it all in one pan. Here's how to make this easy weeknight shrimp dinner.
Start with the Spinach
Spinach will be at the base of this easy dish. First, we cook half the garlic in olive oil to develop the flavor. Then we add the spinach and cook it until it's just wilted. Mature or baby spinach works well here. Since it doesn't need to be stemmed and is often pre-washed, baby spinach is the better option if you want to keep things super quick. Mature spinach offers more texture once it's cooked, but its tough stems need to be removed before cooking, which adds to prep time. A squeeze of lemon juice is added after the spinach has wilted to add some tanginess. We add the lemon juice at the end to prevent the spinach from turning brown.
Cook the Shrimp
After the spinach leaves the pan, the next (and final!) step is cooking the shrimp. We add more garlic for flavor before adding the shrimp. You can buy shrimp already peeled and deveined, or buy shrimp with their shells on. Buying peeled and deveined shrimp allows you to skip the pesky step of peeling the shrimp yourself and saves time, but it is often more expensive than shrimp that you have to peel yourself. Either way, make sure the shrimp you're buying is free from sodium tripolyphosphate (STP), a preservative that can add a significant amount of sodium to your meal. For other tips on buying shrimp check out our guide on the best shrimp to buy.
What to Serve with One-Pot Garlicky Shrimp & Spinach
You can enjoy this quick and tasty dinner over spaghetti, orzo or brown rice, or all on its own with a side of crusty bread to sop up any leftover sauce. You can top it with Parmesan cheese or chopped fresh herbs like basil or chives in addition to parsley to brighten things up, as well as extra lemon juice and zest to add an extra-tangy pop.
Additional reporting by Hilary Meyer
3 lean protein, 2 fat, 1 vegetable