Shrimp is low in fat and calories. It has beneficial doses of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, niacin, iron, zinc, and copper. It is actually high in cholesterol, but the American Heart Association has shown in studies that it does not adversely affect cholesterol levels. Plus, it is really delicious.
I have made boiled shrimp for my family for many years. It is very quick and easy. I usually pour it out of the pot into a colander, and serve it directly from that. I use the leftovers as shrimp cocktail. I much prefer homemade cocktail sauce, but ready-made cocktail sauce will save you a little time.
2 lb fresh shrimp (1/2 lb per person)
1 box shrimp boil
2 lemons, cut into halves
4 tbsp salt
Homemade Cocktail Sauce
1 cup ketchup
1-2 tsp horseradish (or to taste)
a few drops of lemon juice
1 tsp worchestershire sauce
Fill a large soup pot with about 4 quarts of water. Add the salt, lemons, and shrimp boil. (Caution: Do not open the bag of shrimp boil!) When the water begins to boil, add the shrimp. Boil for about 5 minutes or until the shrimp turns pink. You can taste it at this point to see if it's done if you want to. It doesn't take long for it to cook. Pour into a colander and remove the lemons and the bag of shrimp boil. Serve with cocktail sauce.