Recipe: Flavorful Tandoori Shrimp

This recipe works beautifully with shrimp, chicken or lamb
tandoori shrimp

Looking for an easy and flavorful way to kick off grilling season? Try our tandoori shrimp! This dish will fill your patio with the aroma of Indian spices. Not a shrimp fan? Substitute boneless, skinless chicken breasts or leg of lamb cubes with all fat removed. Either way, keep in mind that crushed pepper flakes are quite hot, so start with the lesser amount and taste the yogurt marinade before adding more.

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1 pound extra-large shrimp, shelled and de-veined

For marinade
2 garlic cloves, sliced
½-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
Juice of 1 lime
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons ground cumin
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Dash of ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon kosher salt, optional
¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup nonfat yogurt


  1. To make the marinade: In a food processor or blender, combine the garlic, ginger, lime juice, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt (if using), red pepper to taste and yogurt. Blend well and place in a glass bowl until ready to use.
  2. One hour before starting to cook, add the shrimp to the yogurt marinade. If using wooden rather than metal skewers, soak them in warm water for 30 minutes to prevent burning.
  3. Light a grill or preheat the broiler. Lightly coat a grill rack with vegetable oil cooking spray. Thread the shrimp on the skewers and sprinkle with paprika. Grill the shrimp 4 to 6 inches from the source of heat for 1 minute. Carefully turn and sprinkle again with paprika. Cook until the shrimp are cooked through, another 2 to 3 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information

Makes 4 servings

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Per serving:

Calories 150 (9% calories from fat)
Total fat: 1.5g
Saturated fat 0g
Protein 27g
Carbohydrates 7g
Dietary fiber <1g
Cholesterol 220mg
Sodium 290mg
Potassium 240mg

Source: Cleveland Clinic Healthy Heart Lifestyle Guide and Cookbook (© 2007 Broadway Books)

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