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Healthy meal tonight: Honey Shrimp, Wild Rice, and Wilted Spinach

January 15, 2010


This meal comes together so easily and will satisfy any taste buds. 

Brined shrimp:

  • 3 tbsp kosher salt
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 lb raw shrimp
  • 1 qt. water


Combine the brine ingredients and let shrimp soak for 30 minutes in the refrigerator.

  • 1 cup brown & wild rice (a blend)
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt


  • 2 tsp butter or olive oil
  • 1 lb Honey brined shrimp
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, julienne
  • 1/4 c. white wine
  • 2 lb chopped spinach
  • Black pepper, salt

Meanwhile, combine 1 cup brown and wild rice, 2.5 cups water, 1 tsp salt, and 1 tsp olive oil (you can use the good stuff) in a rice cooker. Set the timer for 45- 50 minutes.

When the shrimp are done taking their bath, drain them and let dry in a colander. In a large skillet, heat about 2 tsp either butter or olive oil over high heat. Add the shrimp, 3 sprigs of thyme, 4 cloves minced garlic and cook, continually stirring for 2 minutes. Finish with the juice of one lemon, pour into a large plate and set aside. (They’re not fully cooked yet!)

Meanwhile (again!) put water on the stove to soak sundried tomatoes, or put 1/2 a cup water in the microwave for a minute then add the sundried. Soak for 5 minutes.

Add 1/4 c. white wine to the skillet then add 2 lb chopped spinach, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Cover and cook for 4 minutes. Scoop the spinach out into a dish, reserving the juice, and set aside.

Add the shrimp back to the skillet along with julienne sundried tomatoes. Cook until completely opaque.

Plate the rice then add a pile of spinach to each plate. Plate the shrimp and drizzle with the juice from the pan. Serve with a lemon wedge.

Serves: 4 (There will probably be leftover rice.)


Leftovers make a delicious Italian inspired fried rice!


8 Comments leave one →
  1. January 15, 2010 11:00 pm

    Yum – fish + rice is good !

  2. January 16, 2010 5:18 am

    What a beautiful meal. I really love shrimp. It’s so very easy to make.

  3. outsideoslo permalink
    January 16, 2010 3:03 pm

    Hi, I noticed that you just joined the Foodie Blogroll. Welcome to the group!

  4. January 16, 2010 7:08 pm


    We bumped into your blog and we really liked it – great recipes YUM YUM.
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  5. January 16, 2010 7:30 pm

    wow this looks delicious!

  6. January 16, 2010 10:25 pm

    honey shrimp sounds so good!


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