Spicy Paprika Shrimp with Warm Corn Salad / MOMS KITCHEN HANDBOO

Some of the best dishes around here come not from the dozens of cookbooks that line my kitchen shelves, the glossy food magazines that arrive in my post box each month, or the thousands of recipe ideas on Pinterest. Instead, my best meals often spring from cooking on the fly, when time and ingredients are in short supply.

Such was the case with this Paprika-Spiced Shrimp, a one-skillet supper borne out of a simple need to feed people efficiently with just a few ingredients on hand:  a couple of ears of corn, a forgotten bag of shrimp in the freezer, the last of the arugula tucked way back in the refrigerator, and a lone lemon in the fruit bowl.  The meal came together effortlessly. Simple and satisfying, it was tasty enough that Virginia declared shrimp to be her new favorite food.

If you, like me, wonder about the provenance and sustainability of your shrimp, it’s worth taking a minute to consider your options.  There can be a problem with by-catch when it comes to wild shrimp, which means other sea life get caught in the nets, some of them endangered, and become a sad casualty of the process. Farmed shrimp can have issues as well, both environmental and healthwise.  To find suitable options, check out this link from Seafood Watch, which will help you navigate the waters, so to speak, of both wild and farmed shrimp. This article from Eating Well magazine also has some great tips on buying shrimp.

Once you sort out procuring your shrimp, you can enjoy its many benefits. Although high in cholesterol, shrimp is low in fat and calories and a good source of protein. Because of its small size and delicate texture, it cooks up in a flash. This quick-cooking quality is part of what makes this particular recipe a 15 Minute Fix. That is, a recipe that can be pulled together in 15 minutes or less.

So, gather your ingredients, stumble in after a long day, pull out this recipe, and have a warm meal on the table in no time. Who knows, maybe shrimp will become your favorite food too.



Spicy Paprika Shrimp with Warm Corn Salad / MOMS KITCHEN HANDBOO


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  1. Alison
    08.11.2014 at 7:10 PM #

    I made this recipe for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Thank you! Such a perfect summer dinner.

    • katiemorford
      08.11.2014 at 7:27 PM #

      Wow…that was quick! So glad it was a success!

  2. 08.22.2014 at 5:00 AM #

    Shrimp and corn are such an awesome combination, I love this idea!

  3. Jade
    07.26.2015 at 6:36 PM #

    When do you add the lemon (juice?) and salt? Thanks.

    • katiemorford
      07.27.2015 at 8:31 AM #

      Hi Jade,

      Oh goodness. Thanks for the catch. Just fixed it! Hope you enjoy, especially with corn in peak season right now.


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