Served on a bed of peppery greens, this simple basil- and garlic-flavored shrimp appetizer makes an impressive presentation.

Diabetic Living Magazine
Source: Diabetic Living Magazine


Recipe Summary

25 mins
30 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Thaw shrimp, if frozen. Rinse the shrimp; pat dry with paper towels.

  • Preheat broiler. Using a sharp paring knife, split each shrimp down the back through the shell almost all the way through the meaty portion, leaving the legs intact. Devein the shrimp. Loosen the shrimp from the shell by running the knife between the shell and the shrimp meat. Flatten the shrimp with your hand or the flat side of the blade. (Or remove the shell, leaving the tail intact and flatten with your hand or the knife blade.) Arrange the prepared shrimp, split sides up, in a single layer on a broiler pan.

  • Meanwhile, cook garlic in a small saucepan in hot butter until tender. Stir in basil, white balsamic vinegar, and salt.

  • Brush the shrimp with the garlic mixture. Broil the shrimp 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 5 to 8 minutes or just until the shrimp are opaque. Transfer the shrimp to a platter. If desired, surround with watercress or parsley.


To make ahead: Prepare as directed through Step 2. Cover and chill for up to 6 hours. Continue as directed in Steps 3 & 4.

Nutrition Facts

52 calories; protein 7g; carbohydrates 1g; fat 2g; saturated fat 1g; cholesterol 53mg; sodium 95mg.