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Spicy Citrus Shrimp

Contributed by: Arthur Agatston, MD of The South Beach Diet Parties And Holidays Cookbook

It's easy to celebrate parties and holidays and stay on The South Beach Diet. Preventive cardiologist, Dr. Arthur Agatston, who has helped millions of people the world over to lose weight and eat more healthfully, shows you how the basic nutritional principles of The South Beach Diet - choosing good, unsaturated fats; nutrition-rich, high-fiber fruits and vegetables; lean sources of protein; and low-fat dairy - easily translate to preparing and enjoying special occasion meals throughout the year.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes - Marinating Time: 30 minutes or overnight - Cook Time: 10 minutes

Lemon and orange liven up these garlicky shrimp, made spicy with a bit of red pepper flakes. Add more pepper flakes to your liking or sprinkle the marinade mixture with a few drops of hot sauce or pepper oil, if you dare! This recipe becomes Phase 1 if you use lime zest and juice instead of that of an orange.


  • 1 lemon
  • 1 navel orange
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 30 medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Salt


Cut the zest from the whole lemon, then peel and chop half of the fruit. Cut the zest from half of the orange, then peel and chop half of the fruit. Place lemon and orange zests and chopped fruits in a medium bowl. Add oil, garlic, black pepper, and pepper flakes; stir to combine. Add shrimp and toss to coat well. Cover and marinate for 30 minutes at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator.

Heat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Remove shrimp from marinade, allowing bits of citrus to stick. Discard marinade. Season shrimp lightly with salt; grill until shrimp is opaque and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Squeeze a little fresh lemon or orange juice (or a combination of both) from the remaining fruit halves over the shrimp just before serving. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Make-Ahead: Shrimp can be marinated up to 1 day in advance and grilled up to 6 hours ahead. Refrigerate grilled shrimp until ready to use; bring to room temperature before serving.

The recipe is from "The South Beach Diet Parties & Holidays Cookbook" by Arthur Agatston, M.D., with permission from Rodale, Inc. The book is available where books are sold or at (800) 848-4735.

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Preventive cardiologist Arthur Agatston, MD, is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is the author of the best-selling books The South Beach Diet, The South Beach Diet Cookbook, The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook, The South Beach Diet Good Fats/Good Carbs Guide, and The South Beach Dining Guide. Dr. Agatston is frequently quoted as an expert in cardiac health and diet in the media. He maintains a private cardiology practice, focused on prevention, in Miami Beach, where he lives with his wife, Sari, and their two sons.

Serving Size: Makes 10 (3-piece) Servings

Nutritional Information: Per Serving: 60 calories, 4.5 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 4 g protein, 2 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 25 mg sodium

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