Easy and delicious spicy shrimp sautéed with hearty collard greens for a dinner is a sure way for a delicious meal.
Collard greens are more than just a side dish. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good braised batch of greens with turkey or hammocks but sometimes you have to think outside the box. For this recipe I have collaborated once again with Nature’s Greens to bring you another awesome, nutrient filled creation, Spicy Shimp with Collard Greens.
This is my second dish featuring collard greens and I couldn’t be more happy. For my first recipe I created a Fried Egg, Collard Green, and Potato Hash which is perfect for breakfast and a group of people. Now, the focus is creating a hearty dinner meal that everyone can love with the same traditional favorite.
What makes this Spicy Shrimp and Collard Greens recipe different from other recipes?
To start, this recipe does not use any animal or animal fat for flavor. Instead these greens are cooked stove top with aromatic flavors like onion, garlic, and diced tomatoes. The total cooking time is considerably less than traditional greens so the texture will have a little more crunch. Also, these greens are packaged already washed and shredded which will save you time as well.
How to make Spicy Shrimp and Collard Greens
Using a large pan/pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic. Sautee until garlic and onion star to become a little translucent (about 2 minutes). Add in diced tomatoes. Continue to sautée for an additonal minute. Next add Natures Greens Collards. Toss/sautee collards with tomato mix for 3-4 minutes or until greens start to wilt. Partially cover with lid and reduce to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
While collard greens are cooking add shrimp to a bowl along with the red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, thyme, salt and pepper. Combine spices and shrimp until shrimp is well coated. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil then add shrimp to skillet. Arrange shrimp in a single layer So that shrimp can cook in an even layer. Cook for about 3 minutes and flip shrimp. Cook shrimp for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Add the cajun shrimp to collard greens and enjoy!
Ways to enjoy Cajun Shrimp and Collard Greens
For a low carb options serve spicy shrimp and collard greens all by itself. Another option is to serve with rice or for a more southern touch serve with grits.
Unlike slow cooked greens this Spicy Shrimp and Collard Greens still maintains some crisp. To help remove bitterness vinegar can be added (1-2 tablespoons) at the end of cooking prior to eating. If you prefer more tender greens like the traditional slow cooked version then you can add broth of choice (1 cup) to pot after sautéing onion, garlic, and tomato. Mix in collard greens. Reduce heat to simmer. Partially cover pot and cook for 50 minutes to an hour, stirring occasionally.
Spicy Shrimp and Collard Greens
- 1 pound jumbo shrimp, shelled and deveined
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/8 tsp dried oregano
- 1/8 tsp thyme
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- salt and pepper
- 2 bunch Nature’s Greens Collards Greens
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 15 ounces diced tomatoes
- 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
- kosher salt & pepper
Heat olive oil in large skillet or pot . Add onion, garlic. Sautee for 1-2 minutes. Add Nature’s Greens Collard Greens. Season with salt and pepper. Sautee for 2 minutes until collard greens start to wilt. Cover with lid continue to let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Place shrimp in a large bowl. Add olive oil, red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, dried oregano, thyme, cayenne pepper, black pepper. Toss until shrimp is well coated.
Heat olive oil in large skillet. Add shrimp to skillet in a single layer and sautee for 3 minutes. Flip shrimp and cook for another 2 minutes.
Serve shrimp with rice or enjoy as a low carb option by itself.
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This is sponsored post from Nature’s Greens. All opinions and photos are my own.
Jasmin Foster is a registered dietitian/food photographer focused on feel good balanced living providing recipes and tips to help you live your best life.