Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Lemon Pepper Bacon Shrimp and Slaw

By Stacie Morgan, February 16, 2017, Recipes

Welcome to Cooking with Less Kilowatts! There is nothing better than sitting down in the evening to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal. But did you know that changing what you do in the kitchen can make an impact on your monthly electricity bill? Each week, I will help you find ways to cook using less energy while still getting a satisfying, flavorful meal. Trust me – I won’t just tell you to do everything in the microwave. I’ll help you cut down on your energy consumption.

One of my favorite proteins to utilize in my low energy use cooking series recipes is big Gulf shrimp. Sometimes I get a craving for a savory, spicy shrimp dish and this one always suits the bill. This recipe features big Gulf shrimp seasoned with lemon pepper, Cajun seasoning, and a few other spices that make the ultimate rub to pair with the bite of the fresh garlic paste, decadent butter, savory bacon, and acidity of the Worcestershire sauce and fresh lemon juice. A little buffalo style hot sauce in the mix adds just a touch of heat that isn’t too overpowering, but really brings the entire skillet together.

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This recipe requires minimal prep, cooks in around 10 minutes, and is a complete meal! Check out the ranch slaw I have paired with this shrimp skillet. The pico de gallo, cilantro, and creamy ranch really take the cabbage and carrots slaw to a new level and pair with the shrimp so well. Think of all the good things about buffalo shrimp salad, except better! Pair this meal with an ice cold blonde ale for a meal perfect for the upcoming Mardi Gras holiday!

Spicy Lemon Pepper Bacon Shrimp and Slaw

Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 1 lb. Deveined, shell on Gulf shrimp
  • 2 tbsp. Butter
  • ½ tsp. Lemon pepper seasoning
  • ¼ tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • ¼ tsp. Onion powder
  • ¼ tsp. Celery salt
  • ¼ tsp. Paprika
  • 1 tbsp. Garlic paste
  • ¼ c. Real crumbled bacon pieces
  • 2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp. Fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. Buffalo style hot sauce
  • 2 c. Shredded green cabbage
  • ¼ c. Shredded red cabbage
  • ¼ c. Shredded carrot
  • ½ c. Pico de gallo
  • 2 tbsp. Chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 c. Ranch dressing

Directions:

1) Prepare ingredients as directed in ingredients list (devein shrimp if needed).

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2) Mix the Cajun seasoning, lemon pepper seasoning, onion powder, celery salt, and paprika together.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Lemon Pepper Bacon Shrimp and Slaw | Bounce Energy Blog

3) Toss the shrimp with the seasonings and garlic paste. Let rest while preparing slaw.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Lemon Pepper Bacon Shrimp and Slaw | Bounce Energy Blog

4) Add the cabbages, carrots, pico de gallo, cilantro, and ranch dressing to a mixing bowl. Toss all together and let rest while cooking shrimp.

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5) Melt the butter in a nonstick skillet over medium heat.

6) Add the shrimp to the pan and cook 3 minutes on the first side.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Lemon Pepper Bacon Shrimp and Slaw | Bounce Energy Blog

7) Flip the shrimp over and cook for 3 minutes on second side.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Lemon Pepper Bacon Shrimp and Slaw | Bounce Energy Blog

8) Add the bacon bits to the pan and toss with the shrimp and butter sauce to coat every shrimp with bacon. Cook for 1 minute.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Lemon Pepper Bacon Shrimp and Slaw | Bounce Energy Blog

9) Add the hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and freshly squeezed lemon juice to the hot pan, toss to coat, and remove from heat.

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Lemon Pepper Bacon Shrimp and Slaw | Bounce Energy Blog

10) Serve shrimp and slaw together (don’t eat the shells!).

Cooking with Less Kilowatts: Spicy Lemon Pepper Bacon Shrimp and Slaw | Bounce Energy Blog

Check in next week for another Cooking with Less Kilowatts series entry ready to help you create delicious, homemade recipes while keeping energy use and effort to a minimum!

Recipe and Images by Stacie Morgan

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About 

Stacie is a Texas A&M graduate using her animal science education and passion for food to get creative in the kitchen. She previously worked in business before becoming a mom to a special little boy. She's excited to share recipes her family enjoys at home - and they may even help you save energy and be more green in the kitchen.

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