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One of the girls I work with knows that I am into food. She works from home, but comes into the office a few days a week to pick up paperwork. Whenever she comes in, our conversations usually turn to food, and what we have been making for dinner. She was telling me about a cookbook that she got for Christmas, and all of the tasty meals that she had made out of it. Well, the next time she came into the office, she brought the book so that I could check it out. After looking through it and talking to her about the meals she had made from it so far, I got online and ordered myself a copy. But in the meantime until I received my copy, I copied down a couple of the recipes that she had already tried. This was one of them.

Let me remind you of something first – I live in Utah. The nearest ocean is probably over 750 miles away – so I have given up on trying to find fresh seafood here. In fact, the few times that I have bought what the store claimed was “fresh, never frozen” seafood, it was horrible. So I buy frozen. I buy my favorite frozen shrimp from Costco. It has been the highest quality I have been able to find. But I had a bag of frozen shrimp in my freezer from another store, and I thought this dish would be perfect to use it up. What a mistake. This shrimp WAS NOT good AT ALL! I was so excited to eat this meal, but the shrimp totally ruined it. We each took about 2 bites, and ended up throwing the rest out because even after taking the shrimp off, you could still taste it.

But I know this meal would have been fantastic if the quality of the shrimp was better – and that is why I am sharing it with you. It will probably be a little while before my husband trusts me enough to make something with shrimp again, but from now on I will definitely know where NOT to buy my shrimp from!!

Crispy Parmesan Shrimp with Spaghetti
adapted from The Pampered Chef 29 Minutes to Dinner Cookbook

3 oz Parmesan cheese
1 egg white
1 garlic clove, pressed
1/4 t salt
1/2 t coarsely ground black pepper
1 lb large uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 tablespoons fresh snipped parsley
8 oz. uncooked spaghetti
2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup marinara sauce

Preheat oven to 425F. Bring salted water to a boil in a large pot.

Meanwhile, for Parmesan topping, lightly spray a 12-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Grate cheese evenly over the skillet. Cook 4-5 minutes, or until the cheese is lacy and golden. Starting at edges, immediately loosen the cheese with a small spatula or turner and slide the cheese onto a cutting board to cool completely. When cool, coarsely crush into crumbs.

For the shrimp, whisk together the egg white, garlic, salt and pepper in a bowl. Add shrimp to egg mixture and toss to coat. Arrange in a single layer in an oven safe dish.

Sprinkle parsley over the shrimp and then sprinkle the cheese crumbs over the top. Bake 10-12 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through.

Add pasta to the water and cook for 4 minutes. Add broccoli to the boiling water and cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until pasta and broccoli are cooked to desired doneness.

Put the marinara sauce in a microwave safe dish, cover, and cook for 2-3 minutes or until heated through. Drain the pasta and broccoli.

Divide pasta and broccoli among serving plates, top with marinara and shrimp. Serve.

Makes 4 servings

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15 Responses to Crispy Parmesan Shrimp with Spaghetti

  1. Jenny says:

    Too funny about the shrimp. I have had decent luck with frozen shrimp, but my family just isn’t huge seafood fans. I enjoy it and think this recipe looks terrific!

  2. Melanie says:

    Your picture looks delicious despite the bad shrimp! Since I live in the same region as you, I would be curious to know which grocery store NOT to buy frozen shrimp from since I buy frozen shrimp a lot. Do you mind sharing that tip? I’m bookmarking the recipe because we love shrimp dishes.

  3. Deborah says:

    Melanie – I bought the shrimp frozen from Target. It was the first (and last) time I’ve ever bought seafood from there!

  4. Mary says:

    I had to laugh about picking the shrimp off and still tasting it. Living in Ohio, I also always buy frozen seafood and most fish. The only fish I don’t buy frozen are the perch or walleyes that can be caught in Lake Erie (20 miles away).
    It certainly looks delicious anyway!

  5. Steph says:

    I feel your pain! But I know a place to find good fresh seafood if you want a tip! The only place in Utah that I’ve been able to find good, fresh seafood. Your dish looks delicious!

  6. PheMom says:

    LOL – Yeah, so here, we have to buy frozen, unless you can get a hookup from the folks at the restaurants in SLC that are flying it in daily. Even then though, then you have to use it right away or freeze it yourself. I have been buying “Chicken of the Sea” brand frozen shrimp now (shell on) from Smith’s. It has been really good so far. Also, especially with the shrimp, if you get a bag and it feels like it is all one lump (hmm hmm Target!!) then that means it has thawed and been refrozen. Bad news!

    I have some shrimp and will try this out soon and let you know. :)

  7. Brilynn says:

    Argh, that’s so frustrating!
    I know I’ve had a bag of scallops before that were ‘off’, it’s so hard to throw out a dish you know would have been amazing if the seafood had of been good.

  8. Peabody says:

    The crispy shrimp part sounds especially good.

  9. ruthEbabes says:

    When I’m planning a pasta dish I never think of shrimp… i really should next time! This looks great!

  10. glamah16 says:

    I love ‘breading” in parmesan or reggian cheeses! Nect time it will taste better with the Costco shrimp.

  11. Emiline says:

    Oh, I feel your shrimp pain!
    I live in southern Missouri, and the seafood is awful.
    I bought some shrimp a week or two ago, and they were really fishy.
    I can’t force myself to eat them when they’re like that.

    Looks good, though.

  12. Amanda at Little Foodies says:

    Such a shame, it sounds delicious though. Thanks for all your good wishes recently – very much appreciated. x

  13. Meeta says:

    Sorry about the shrimp – I have made bad choices on frozen seafood too. But the picture looks great and the mix of ingredients certainly sound like it would make a fantastic dish.
    Deborah, I still love the fact that you shared this with us. I would have been so disappointed that I might have chucked the pis out too. Love your spirit!

  14. Suzana says:

    Bad seafood is just unbearable. This recipe though, sounds yummy!

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