Mar 20
2013

Sautéed Shrimp, Snap Peas & Pistachios with Basil Recipe

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There are times when random ingredients in my kitchen play nicely with each other to produce a healthy recipe that is nothing short of spectacular, such as this sautéed shrimp with snap peas, pistachios and basil. Rummaging through the fridge and pantry can shake out some surprising flavor combinations, and this was one that truly shocked the heck out of me.

Sautéed Shrimp, Snap Peas & Pistachios with Basil Recipe #recipe #healthy

This recipe came together as various ingredients collided in my brain, a virtual train crash ready to happen. I had shrimp on the brain, a craving that wouldn’t go away. On the counter was the lemon left over from the whole wheat lemon and berry pancakes that I made in a local TV cooking segment on Monday.

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Click on the photo to watch the segment.

And then there were the pistachios that my husband and I nibbled away on as we sat side-by-side, working on our computers (a typical evening activity for us…whatever happened to 9 to 5 hours?!)

Collision of ideas + collision of flavors = happy kitchen accident.

The recipe:

In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with 1/4 tsp salt and the ground pepper.

Heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp are just cooked through, about 1 minute per side. Transfer the shrimp to a plate.

Sautéed Shrimp, Snap Peas & Pistachios with Basil Recipe #recipe #healthy

Add the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil to the skillet and add the shallots. Cook, stirring, until the shallots are soft, about 2 minutes. Stir in the red pepper flakes.

Add the snap peas and cook until the snap peas are just tender, about 3 minutes.

Sautéed Shrimp, Snap Peas & Pistachios with Basil Recipe #recipe #healthy

Remove the skillet from the heat and stir the shrimp (and accumulated juices), pistachios, lemon zest, basil and the remaining salt into the snap peas. Serve immediately.

Other shrimp recipes:

Savory Shrimp Recipes
Cookin’ Canuck’s Salad Cups with Quinoa, Shrimp, Avocado & Lemon Dressing
Cookin’ Canuck’s Fisherman’s Soup with Tilapia, Shrimp, Tomatoes & Capers
White on Rice Couple’s Avocado Shrimp Noodle Salad with Creamy Ginger Vinaigrette
The Perfect Pantry’s Roasted Shrimp Appetizer with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Savoury Table’s Spanish-Style Toasted Pasta & Shrimp

Sautéed Shrimp, Snap Peas & Pistachios with Basil Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Serving Size: 1 1/4 cups

Calories per serving: 278.4 cal

Fat per serving: Total 11.3g / Saturated Fat 1.6g

Sautéed Shrimp, Snap Peas & Pistachios with Basil Recipe

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lb. medium shrimp, shells & tails removed
  • 1/2 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 4 tsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups snap peas, trimmed
  • 1/3 cup shelled pistachios, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon zest
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, toss the shrimp with 1/4 tsp salt and the ground pepper.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and cook until the shrimp are just cooked through, about 1 minute per side. Transfer the shrimp to a plate.
  3. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil to the skillet and add the shallots. Cook, stirring, until the shallots are soft, about 2 minutes. Stir in the red pepper flakes.
  4. Add the snap peas and cook until the snap peas are just tender, about 3 minutes.
  5. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir the shrimp (and accumulated juices), pistachios, lemon zest, basil and the remaining salt into the snap peas. Serve immediately.

Notes

Calories 278.4 / Total Fat 11.3g / Saturated Fat 1.6g / Cholesterol 215.3mg / Sodium 563.7mg / Total Carbohydrates 10.1g / Fiber 2.7g / Sugar 3.9g / Protein 32.5g / WW (Old Points) 6 / WW (Points+) 7

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1 addie | culicurious March 20, 2013 at 5:39 am

I love happy accidents! :) Looks like a very fresh and healthy way to do shrimp too!

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2 DessertForTwo March 20, 2013 at 6:18 am

What a great fresh meal!

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3 shelly (cookies and cups) March 20, 2013 at 6:35 am

LOVE this combination….LOVE!

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4 Jen @ Savory Simple March 20, 2013 at 6:58 am

I love this combination!

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5 Bev @ Bev Cooks March 20, 2013 at 7:00 am

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

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6 Aggie March 20, 2013 at 7:01 am

Oh Dara this looks so good!!! I’ve been loving pistachios lately, what a great addition here.

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7 Liz @ The Lemon Bowl March 20, 2013 at 7:05 am

What a gorgeous recipe for Spring!

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8 Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch March 20, 2013 at 7:10 am

Beautiful and delicious I’m sure!!!

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9 Jenna March 20, 2013 at 7:16 am

Dara this looks amazing! Such a great variety of flavors!!

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10 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain March 20, 2013 at 7:41 am

This recipe is fan-freaking-tastic! I’ve been looking for lighter dinner meals that I can throw together quick, fast, and in a hurry. Can’t wait to try!

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11 Cassie | Bake Your Day March 20, 2013 at 7:41 am

This is outstanding, Dara! Great flavors and I love how simple it is. I am all about quick shrimp dishes and I love the pistachios!

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12 Tieghan March 20, 2013 at 7:41 am

This is so fresh an so perfect for Spring!! I love it!

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13 Ali | Gimme Some Oven March 20, 2013 at 7:54 am

I love all of these ingredients so much! Sounds wonderful, Dara!

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14 Kelly March 20, 2013 at 8:31 am

A perfect delicious healthy recipe, looks amazing! :)

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15 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen March 20, 2013 at 9:17 am

You are a star!! And you know I love your fresh recipes :)

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16 Nancy @ CouponClippingCook March 20, 2013 at 9:49 am

This dish looks so light and full of flavor. Looks delish and so pretty too.

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17 Laura (Tutti Dolci) March 20, 2013 at 9:52 am

I can’t wait until snap peas show up at the farm stand and I can try this. Love it!

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18 Nutmeg Nanny March 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

Oh yum! This looks so fresh and satisfying, my mouth is watering. I can’t wait to try this out.

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19 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com March 20, 2013 at 10:09 am

I love the flavors here, Dara. And accidental recipes are always full of flavors :)

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20 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet March 20, 2013 at 10:13 am

Love this dish! And nibbling on pistachios! :)

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21 Amanda March 20, 2013 at 10:46 am

What a great combination, definitely going to try this! :)

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22 Carla @ Carlas Confections March 20, 2013 at 10:52 am

I LOVE the pistachio addition! Shrimp sounds so good now ;)

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23 Cindysoo March 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Shrimp look great and I am definitely going to try those pancakes they really look terrific! Good job on the video!

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24 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme March 20, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Now this is a really intriguing combination of flavors, Dara. One that I would have never dream up, but that I can imagine goes together so well. Love happy kitchen accidents like this!

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25 Karen Harris March 20, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Gorgeous recipe. Love these flavors.

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26 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats March 20, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Beautiful! I love this salad! It sounds so springy and perfect!

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27 Liren March 20, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Dara, you are SO good in front of the camera!

Love this dish – what a wonderful combination of flavors – isn’t that wonderful when kitchen accidents turn out so good?

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28 JulieD March 20, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Love this so much, Dara! So many great flavors!

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29 Donna March 21, 2013 at 12:32 am

Beee-oooootiful!

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30 Diana@Spain in Iowa March 21, 2013 at 5:17 am

This is beautiful, Dara. As soon as I can get my hands on some peas I’m going to try this. I love that you included pistachios! I don’t cook with nuts often enough.

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31 Sandy @ RE March 21, 2013 at 6:27 am

Lovely combo. I’m on a pistachio kick lately, too! :)

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32 kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts March 21, 2013 at 6:34 am

Dara,
This looks so perfect for Spring! I can’t wait until Spring gets here–I don’t care a what the meteorologists said on the first of March, or what the sun did yesterday, but Spring has not arrived in my area.

But I have hope! In fact, my folks are visiting and my dad planted snap peas in my garden yesterday for me, so I’m keeping this train crash recipe in mind for when they sprout.

Thanks!

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33 Erika March 21, 2013 at 8:42 am

Such a tasty combination, this recipe is perfect for spring!

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34 Jill March 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

The combination of ingredients sounds delicious and a perfect recipe for spring and summer, really looking forward to giving it a try.

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35 Shawn @ I Wash You Dry March 21, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I love when I just start combining ingredients to a dish and it turns out fantastic. This looks so fresh and inviting! Perfect for Spring! :)

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36 marla March 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm

This looks great Dara and it is always fun to watch you on TV!

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37 Kim Bultman | alittle lunch March 22, 2013 at 4:51 am

Dara, your quote about happy accidents is so true. What an inspired, flavorful dish! Here’s to many more “collisions” in your kitchen!

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38 sippitysup March 27, 2013 at 1:33 pm

It’s not an accident to have a good ingredients on hand! It’s a blessing. GREG

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39 Carole March 28, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Hi there. The current Food on Friday on Carole’s Chatter is collecting links to dishes using peas and/or green beans. I do hope you link this in. This is the link . Please do check out some of the other links – there are some good ones already. Cheers

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