April 30, 2023

Lowcountry Shrimp and Vegetables

This Lowcountry Shrimp dish is a constant favorite, always in rotation, and highly requested by family and friends for its delicious simplicity. It shares similarities with succotash, a traditional dish made with corn and lima beans, known for its simple yet flavorful combination of ingredients.

Succotash has its origins in Native American cuisine, and its preparation has been influenced by various regional and cultural traditions over time. It has become popular across the United States, especially during the summer months when fresh corn is abundant.

Despite my love for cooking and experience, I assure you that this Lowcountry Shrimp recipe is incredibly easy to put together with minimal ingredients. Shrimp's quick cooking time makes the whole dish a breeze to prepare. Serve the shrimp and vegetables over rice, grits, farro, or any grain of your choice. Using fresh shrimp can elevate the dish to a whole new level. Adjust the lemony flavor to your liking and add a dash of hot sauce if you prefer some heat.

This versatile dish is perfect year-round and a great way to incorporate plenty of veggies into your diet. Even a whole bag of spinach cooks down to nearly nothing. Feel free to get creative and switch up the vegetables based on what's seasonal and your taste preferences. Our favorite summer combination includes fresh okra, corn, and spinach. Cherry tomatoes also make a nice addition!

Whether you're looking for a quick weeknight meal or a crowd-pleaser for gatherings, this Lowcountry Shrimp recipe fits the bill perfectly, and I'm sure it will become a regular in your meal rotation. If you decide to make it, don't forget to share your creation and tag Plate43!

Note: If you don't have Old Bay seasoning or prefer an alternative flavor, you can create a similar taste profile using a combination of different herbs and spices. Good substitutes include Cajun seasoning, Creole seasoning, Seafood seasoning blend, or Herbes de Provence. Remember that the proportions of the substitute may vary depending on personal taste preferences, so feel free to adjust the amounts to suit your liking. 

Tip for sautéing Okra: Cook it first in the skillet on medium-high heat until lightly browned. Cooking at a higher heat will help prevent the okra from getting slimy as it cooks. Then, lower the heat back to medium to cook the additional vegetables.

 

 

Ingredients

 1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
 2 tsp Old Bay seasoning (or alternative seasoning blend)
 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
 3 cloves garlic, minced
 2 red or orange bell peppers, seeded and sliced
 1 large lemon, zested and juiced
 1 bag fresh spinach (5oz, approx)
 1 tbsp butter, unsalted
 May also add in or sub in fresh corn, okra, tomatoes, or any other fresh veggie of choice

Directions

1

In a medium sized bowl, add the Old Bay seasoning and 1 tsp of the oil to the peeled shrimp, mixing to coat. Set aside while preparing the other ingredients. Now is a good time to start your rice or grain of choice, that you will serve the shrimp mixture over.

2

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add the garlic and peppers (or other vegetables like corn and okra; see tip for when cooking okra), sautéing for about 2-3 minutes until they reach the desired tenderness (al dente for vegetables like corn and peppers). Remove the sautéed vegetables to a bowl.

3

Add a small amount of the remaining oil to the pan, if needed, and add in the shrimp. Stir and cook the shrimp for about 3-4 minutes until they are just cooked through. Stir in the lemon zest, then add the spinach and the vegetables from the bowl. Place a lid over the pan for about a minute to quickly steam the spinach and blend the flavors. Remove the lid and stir in the lemon juice and a tablespoon of butter into the mixture.

Taste test to see if any additional seasoning, lemon, salt, or pepper is needed.

Divide into bowls. Serve over rice, grits, quinoa, or other grain of choice.

Lowcountry Shrimp and Vegetables

Lowcountry Shrimp and Vegetables

Category, , , , DifficultyBeginnerYields4 Servings
Prep Time10 minsCook Time20 minsTotal Time30 mins

Ingredients

 1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
 2 tsp Old Bay seasoning (or alternative seasoning blend)
 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
 3 cloves garlic, minced
 2 red or orange bell peppers, seeded and sliced
 1 large lemon, zested and juiced
 1 bag fresh spinach (5oz, approx)
 1 tbsp butter, unsalted
 May also add in or sub in fresh corn, okra, tomatoes, or any other fresh veggie of choice

Steps

1

In a medium sized bowl, add the Old Bay seasoning and 1 tsp of the oil to the peeled shrimp, mixing to coat. Set aside while preparing the other ingredients. Now is a good time to start your rice or grain of choice, that you will serve the shrimp mixture over.

2

Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat in a large pan. Add the garlic and peppers (or other vegetables like corn and okra; see tip for when cooking okra), sautéing for about 2-3 minutes until they reach the desired tenderness (al dente for vegetables like corn and peppers). Remove the sautéed vegetables to a bowl.

3

Add a small amount of the remaining oil to the pan, if needed, and add in the shrimp. Stir and cook the shrimp for about 3-4 minutes until they are just cooked through. Stir in the lemon zest, then add the spinach and the vegetables from the bowl. Place a lid over the pan for about a minute to quickly steam the spinach and blend the flavors. Remove the lid and stir in the lemon juice and a tablespoon of butter into the mixture.

Taste test to see if any additional seasoning, lemon, salt, or pepper is needed.

Divide into bowls. Serve over rice, grits, quinoa, or other grain of choice.

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