Everything that’s good in a comfort food can now be made in your kitchen, with our shrimp parmesan recipe. We cook large prawns just-so in a flavorful tomato sauce with extra spices and top the whole thing with cheese before sliding it into the oven. It takes 25 minutes and is so easy, making meal-prepping a breeze.
How Healthy Is Our Shrimp Parmesan?
“Cheesy” and “healthy” are terms that probably won’t go together in a positive sentence. While it is a safe piece of advice to avoid cheese, it can be an unrealistic expectation and it isn’t really what experts are suggesting.
They advise us to watch our calorie intake and to consume foods in moderation, to reduce certain health risks. Cheese just happens to be a bit higher in them, calories and saturated fats, than other ingredients.
It is not cheese that is unhealthy, but it is the act of consuming foods dripping with large amounts of cheese on a daily basis.
Our shrimp parmesan recipe was crafted with this in mind. It contains 500 calories and 9 g saturated fats per serving, which we believe is the perfect amount for such a cheesy dish.
Apart from this, shrimp parmesan is also quite nutritious:
Our recipe calls for large shrimp, tomato sauce, garlic, butter, parmesan and mozzarella, breadcrumbs, seasonings, broth, tomato sauce, and some fresh herbs:
When we say large shrimp, we really mean it. It’s much more fun biting into a flavorful prawn that’s too big to fit in the mouth, we find. Plus, if you’re using fresh shrimp instead of frozen, they’re also quicker to peel than smaller shrimp.
We cook the shrimp with olive oil, butter, and garlic, imbuing the protein and the sauce with delicious fragrances.
2. Tomato Sauce
We make our own tomato sauce and chicken broth because it’s easier for us to control the dish’s sodium level. If it poses an inconvenience for you, you can use unsalted canned goods instead.
Our tomato sauce is already quite fragrant, so we only season it with salt, pepper, and paprika for a spicy kick. Should you wish your sauce to be even more fragrant, you may consider dashing over it with some Italian seasonings.
Although parmesan is in the name, this dish wouldn’t be complete without mozzarella. It may not be as flavorful as parmesan, but it adds that ‘to-die-for’ stretchy texture.
Swirled in the cheese are some breadcrumbs. Once baked, they make a golden and crunchy top layer that’s really fun to eat. What we were left with was a little too fine, so if you can get larger breadcrumbs, like the Japanese panko variety, it’d be great.
On top of it all, we sprinkle some chopped parsley and basil, lending this rich and savory dish a nice touch of freshness.
We prefer long pastas like spaghetti, angel hair, or fettuccini for this recipe. You can, however, use whatever pasta you like.
How to Store and Reheat the Leftovers
If you have any leftovers, they can be refrigerated for up to 4 days and frozen for up to 3 months. To reheat, they can be then placed into oven-safe containers and baked at 350 until the cheese melts and becomes bubbly again.
What to Serve With
Here’s our suggestions:
Beet And Feta Cheese Salad
The roquette, cooked beets, orange segments, and savory feta of our Beet and Feta Cheese Salad boast plenty of delicious flavors and have the exact freshness to tone down the robust flavors of the shrimp. The pineapple water, on the other hand, is simply refreshing. We think these two dishes are among the best choices to pair with shrimp parmesan.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Natalie Butler is a registered dietitian nutritionist with a passion to help others live their best life through food, fitness, safer beauty and a healthy lifestyle. She has expertise with a variety of diets and diseases and believes that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for health.
A delicious and easy-to-make dish that's perfect for a quick weeknight dinner.