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Firecracker Shrimp

I am still struggling a bit to make a full transition back to normal eating after the holidays. I am not quite sure what happens during the three weeks before the new year, but I tend to throw out all semblance of normal eating and just pick all day long. This starts by picking at whatever I am cooking at home and then continues to appetizers and desserts at holiday get-togethers and then reemerges with leftovers for breakfast almost every morning.

So to stay on track and continue to ease back into my routine, I have had appetizers on the brain. And one that I am loving these days are these simple baked firecracker shrimp. They bake up in minutes and have tons of sweet and spicy flavor. Don’t like shrimp? Just substitute in bite size pieces of chicken. They make a perfect snack, appetizer, or quick protein for a meal served with veggies and rice.

Firecracker Shrimp
Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1/4 recipe
Nutritional Info: 176.4 calories, 2.2g of fat, 15.8g of carbohydrates, .1g of fiber, 23.2g of protein
Weight Watchers® PointsPlus®: 4 *


  • 1 pound shrimp, deveined
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp Sriracha or hot chili paste
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Add everything to a Ziploc bag or non-reactive container and marinate the shrimp for at least one hour.
  2. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  3. Place shrimp in one layer on parchment paper or cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick spray.
  4. Cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until cooked through. Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the shrimp.
  5. Serve as an appetizer, on salad, with rice, or in tacos for a delicious meal.

* PointsPlus® calculated by Slender Kitchen; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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2 Response to Firecracker Shrimp

  1. Jamie Badders on January 3, 2013

    I agree with you about going totally crazy over the holidays and we certainly know better. Thank you for sharing that you struggle too, it makes the rest of us feel that there is hope! The Firecracker Shrimp sounds fantastic, I’ll be giving that a try as an entree with the healthy side dishes–thanks! and Happy New Year 😉

  2. Jennifer on March 7, 2013

    My boyfriend and I LOVE this recipe, we add a diced habanero or two for some extra kick.


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