Broiled shrimp and veggies is a delicious sheet pan dinner, full of protein and healthy nutrients. The key to flavor lies in a sweet and spicy citrus fish marinade that’s beyond easy to make! This meal is gluten free, paleo, and oh, so simple!
I’ve been rethinking our meals in light of our current circumstances. Haven’t we all? As you know, I’m all about making the most of whatcha got with pantry (and freezer) staples! Today I sharing a staple marinade/dressing for multiple types of protein and/or meals. Think fish, shellfish, chicken, tofu, salad dressings, etc.). It’s inexpensive, it’s light, and takes literally 5 minutes to make. Dinner will be on the table (no mess, no fuss) in no time!
Now, let’s talk about this vitamin C rich special sauce (aka marinade)! I’ll show you just how to use it to make a quick and healthy meal!
Yes yes, quick, healthy meals are my jam and I want them to be yours, too. That’s why I make so many sheet pan meals.
With one pan meals like Honey Mustard Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Sheet Pan Roasted Spring Vegetables with Baked Eggs on the weekly menu, making dinner seriously can’t get much simpler.
But, it’s important to include fish in our diet. The American Heart Association recommends at least 2 servings of fish a week. That’s not a problem, because fish dinners and healthy seafood are ALSO my jam!
Garlic Herb Oven Baked Cod Cakes, anyone?
Adding flavor to broiled shrimp
One way to know for sure that fresh seafood is in fact, fresh, is by smelling it. It shouldn’t have a”fishy” smell. Actually, the aroma is more like a fresh ocean. The thing is, the flavor of fresh seafood can be a little bland on its own. Even broiled shrimp needs a little something special to jazz it up.
That’s why I created a super flavorful fish marinade with fresh citrus juice and some peppy herbs and spices. It’ll make the broiled shrimp SHINE! Oh, and broiled fish is delish too.
Ingredients for quick fish marinade (and chicken too!)
\This sweet and spicy fish marinade is not just my go to for fish, but also for shrimp, and chicken too. Plus, it adds fantastic flavor to the veggies in this sheet pan meal.
One nice thing about fish and shellfish is that they don’t need much time to marinate. Shrimp only needs 15 minutes to soak up the flavors of the citrus marinade.
Here’s what you’ll need to make the marinade:
- Fresh orange juice – Freshly squeezed, if you please. If you’re short on time, I’ll give you a hall pass for a bottle of pure, no sugar added orange juice.
- Lime juice – Again, fresh is best. Besides, you only need the juice of one lime. At a cost of under a buck, it’s less expensive than buying imitation juice anyway.
- Oil – Any neutral flavor oil will be perfect. Organic vegetable oil, avocado oil, grapeseed, etc.
- Minced garlic
- Tamari sauce – If you need another option, you can use gluten free soy sauce, fish sauce, or even coconut aminos.
- Honey – Raw honey for the big, sweet win. Obviously, this is where the sweet in the sweet and spicy marinade comes from.
- Chili powder or paprika
- Kosher salt
- Black pepper
- Crushed red pepper flakes, to garnish
HOW TO MAKE MARINADE
Making this is so easy, there is a really good chance you’ll be able to do it while multitasking a phone call, and possibly a screaming toddler, too. Haha.
- Add all of the fish marinade ingredients to a bowl.
- Whisk until combined.
Umm, yes. That’s really all there is to it!
Today, we’re using the marinade to make broiled shrimp that we’re pairing with snap peas. This meal is perfect for busy weeknights because from prep to plate, broiled shrimp and veggies is ready to eat in 20 minutes!
Even better, it’s paleo friendly, gluten free, and oh, so tasty, too.
How to make broiled shrimp and veggies
I think snap peas are delicious with shrimp, which is why it’s my preference for this recipe. If you want to use other veggies, there are plenty of options. Try one or even a combination of any of these:
- Zucchini / summer squash
- Cherry tomatoes
- Green beans
In addition to the veggies, you’ll also need:
- Medium size uncooked shrimp – You can use fresh or frozen shrimp. Just keep in mind that frozen shrimp will need to be thawed before you can marinate it.
- Chopped cilantro, to garnish
- Fresh lemon slices, to garnish
- salt/pepper to taste
To put this sheet pan meal together, start by making the marinade. Transfer it to a non-reactive container or into a large Ziploc bag.
Clean, devein, and peel the shrimp, then put them in the bag with the marinade. Toss it into the fridge while you prep the veggies.
Clean and prep your veggies and arrange them on a sheet pan, and set your oven to broil so it can preheat.
Then, when the shrimp is finished marinating, add it to the pan, put it all in the oven and set the table. Dinner is on in 15 minutes!
Let me know if you give this zesty one pan meal a whirl! I think it just might jazz up dinner, no? One can only hope! Stay safe, stay healthy, stay sane!