Lemon-Sage Shrimp with Asparagus and Artichokes

After a few weeks of mostly cold, dreary, nonstop rainy weather, the sun has finally decided to make an appearance.

And temps should be in the 70’s this week.

Looks like we might just be getting a spring season in New England after all!

When the weather gets warmer, I always think about cooking more seafood.

Seafood is generally light, low in calories, and quick and easy to prepare (who wants to leave the oven on in 80 percent humidity?) so it makes sense for warm weather (and for fitting into warm weather clothes!).

So this week I made a richly flavorful lemon and sage shrimp dish.

I added a bit of garlic, some white wine, and lots of asparagus and artichokes.  It’s light, simple, and perfect for warmer weather.

This is the first dinner of the season my husband and I were able to enjoy outside, on our porch.

Here are all the ingredients you need to get started.

If you’ve never actually prepared shrimp on your own and feel a little intimidated by the whole process, I’m here to tell you: I was too, but it’s actually pretty easy.

Other great things about shrimp:

It’s very low in calories and fat.

And it’s packed full of healthy nutrients like iron and omega-3’s (helps prevent cancer, arthritis, and heart disease).

Shrimp is also a healthy seafood choice because it’s low in contaminants and mercury (the NRDC has a good guide to mercury levels in seafood) and many types of shrimp (such as US farmed shrimp or wild Northern US/Canada shrimp) are environmentally safe too.

To prepare, begin by placing some frozen shrimp in a bowl of cold water for about 20 minutes to allow it to thaw.

Another Option: you can also buy fresh shrimp and skip this step.

When the shrimp have thawed, fill a bowl with ice and place out on the counter beside the bowl of shrimp.

Grab your first shrimp and begin peeling off the hard outer shell.

Locate the legs and use them as a starting point for pulling apart and then peeling off the shell.

If the shrimp are fully thawed, you should find the shell comes off quite easily.

Two Choices:

1) You can leave just the tail on, as I did here, if you’d like your final dish to have a nice presentation.

2) Or, if you’d rather not deal with cutting off the tails while eating the dish later,  you can pull off the tail, along with the rest of the shell, now.

Place the shrimp so its back (the side of the shrimp opposite from the side where the legs were) is facing up.

Now grab a pairing knife and cut into its back, about halfway into the body of the shrimp.

You may or may not see a thin black strip in the shrimp: it’s the shrimp’s digestive tract and it can sometimes taste a little gritty, so it should be removed.

If you don’t find one, you’re done!

If you do see one, use your knife or your fingers to peel it out and discard.

Your shrimp is now peeled and deveined. Look at you, you kitchen pro!

Place the shrimp immediately in the bowl of ice you set out earlier (shrimp should be kept cold at all times).

Another Option: If you don’t want to spend the time preparing shrimp (or if you’re feeling a little squeamish about the whole process) here’s the quick and easy way out:  when you’re at the fish counter buying your shrimp, just ask the fish monger to peel and devein the shrimp for you.

After you’ve peeled and deveined all the shrimp and placed them on ice, prepare the rest of the ingredients.

Mince up some garlic.

Use a fine grater to zest a lemon.

Then squeeze the juice from it too (we’re getting all the use out of this lemon that we possibly can!)

Grab some fresh sage leaves.  They taste delicious with lemon and garlic …

… and chop them up.

Next, prepare the asparagus.

Hold one end on an asparagus spear in each hand and pull down until the spear snaps.

The end that breaks off is the tough part of the stalk that should be discarded.

Big Time Saver: When you’ve snapped a few spears and have a good idea of how much of the stalk should be removed, you can grab a small bunch of asparagus spears and just chop off the ends all at once.

Lastly, chop the asparagus into bite-sized pieces.

Grab a large sauté pan and add about 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil.

You can use less if you’re really watching calories, but the oil really adds to the flavor of the dish.  And since all the other ingredients are so healthy, the dish is still very light even with the olive oil.

When the oil heats up over medium heat, add the minced garlic to the pan.

Allow it to cook and soften for a couple of minutes.

Add the shrimp and season well with salt and pepper.

After just a minute, add the asparagus.

Allow the shrimp and asparagus to cook for a few minutes, and then add the artichokes.

Just be sure to drain and rinse the artichokes before adding them in.  They’ll add an overpowering vinegar-like flavor to the dish if they’re not rinsed well.

Add the lemon zest and the sage.

Season everything well with salt and pepper.

Next, add some white wine and allow that to cook down and reduce for a couple of minutes.

Finally, add some lemon juice.

Optional:  I love to add about 3 ounces of cooked whole wheat farfalle (bow-tie pasta) to this dish.  I think the fresh, citrus and white wine sauce tastes amazing with pasta.

But, with or without pasta, the dish tastes delicious either way.

There are so many bright, fresh flavors in this dish.

The white wine and garlic give the shrimp such rich flavor.

And the citrus and fresh sage really brighten up the asparagus and artichokes.

Perfect with a nice glass of white wine, outside, on a warm evening.

Here is the complete printable recipe:

Lemon-Sage Shrimp with Asparagus and Artichokes
Recipe type: Healthy Seafood Dish
Total Time:  30 minutes
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 pound asparagus, chopped
  • 1 10-ounce jar quartered artichoke hearts, drained and thoroughly rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest grated from 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons sage, chopped
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice, squeezed from 1 lemon
  • 3 ounces whole wheat farfalle pasta (optional)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1. Boil a large pot of water and season with salt.  Add the farfalle and cook the pasta until it's al dente.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until softened, about 2-3 minutes. Add the shrimp and season with salt and pepper. Cook a few minutes more, then add the asparagus. Cook about 3 minutes more and add the artichokes, lemon zest, and sage. Season well with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the white wine and allow the wine to cook and reduce for about 3 minutes. Stir in the cooked farfalle and serve.

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  1. alexaly
    May 15, 2012 / 4:01 pm

    Reblogged this on of alexandria and commented:
    A totally awesome looking recipe from The Scrumptious Pumpkin. I am having a visual foodgasm.

  2. May 15, 2012 / 4:09 pm

    Lovely post. It looks like the New England weather is taking it’s cue from us here in Ireland. It’s been raining for weeks now. The temperatures are close to March than May. Not a lot of fun. However, we have our cooking and blogging to keep us off the rain soaked streets.

    • May 15, 2012 / 8:09 pm

      I thought the rain was through for a while, but we’ve just received another downpour this evening. But you’re right: cooking and blogging – my favorite escapes!

  3. May 15, 2012 / 4:22 pm

    shrimp always seems like a spring food to me, something about the pretty pink color. this looks great

  4. May 15, 2012 / 4:44 pm

    A perfect spring dish for perfect spring weather – how gorgeous 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  5. May 15, 2012 / 4:52 pm

    Good on you … given out the details about what shrimps to use – because the farming of those king prawns, as we call them – are a big environmental hazard. We don’t have any options yet – so we have been told to not to use king prawns in Sweden at all and I follow their advice.
    We have been told to use our own Atlantic shrimps (smaller version), lobster, crab or langoustines. Love you recipe … loads of goodies in there. Sage is also a great herb.

    • May 15, 2012 / 8:13 pm

      We’re lucky to have a lot of good sources of shrimp in the U.S. – Maine shrimp (the state I’m originally from) is so delicious!

      • May 16, 2012 / 2:23 am

        All fish and seafood is great in Maine – your lobster … fantastic, a pity that restaurants in Maine don’t know how to treat a lobster – taste nothing when they serve it.

  6. May 15, 2012 / 4:53 pm

    This looks so good! I love the way lemon brightens up any dish it’s in.

  7. May 15, 2012 / 5:06 pm

    This looks like a really delicious shrimp recipe – we love eating shrimp and I’ve been wanting to find a new way to serve them, so this is perfect! Thanks for the great ideas, I’m really looking forward to trying several of your recipes!

    • May 15, 2012 / 8:15 pm

      Oh, that’s great! Well, if you decide to try one out, let me know how it turns out for you 🙂

  8. May 15, 2012 / 5:29 pm

    That does look delicious, I love seafood. 🙂

  9. May 16, 2012 / 12:21 am

    believe it or not, i’ve never cooked with sage. I love shrimp and asparagus and artichokes.. this recipe looks decadent and healthy at the same time.

  10. May 16, 2012 / 1:39 am

    Oh I love this for warmer days! The lemon, the sage, the wine – perfection!

  11. May 16, 2012 / 4:53 am

    looks great! can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  12. May 16, 2012 / 5:33 am

    I like the components you brought together here. Light, fresh and tasty! Also the step by step photos are helpful, especially on the shrimp cleaning. Great post!

  13. May 16, 2012 / 9:07 am

    Hi my friend, I have nominated you for the One lovely blog award! Stop by my blog to see the rules 🙂 Have a good day!

  14. May 16, 2012 / 9:59 am

    This is such a beautiful spring shrimp dish! I would love to try this for myself. Thanks for sharing, Jen! Your photos are lovely too.

  15. May 16, 2012 / 12:19 pm

    This sounds so good! I will have to cook the shrimp separately and also cook some chicken. I don’t eat seafood, but my husband loves it. I love recipes like this that I can use to please us both!

    • May 16, 2012 / 10:29 pm

      Oh, great idea! Well if you ever try it, let me know how you like it with chicken 🙂

  16. Bee
    May 16, 2012 / 12:36 pm

    This looks so good! I love shrimp in light, summery dishes like this.

  17. May 16, 2012 / 3:04 pm

    What a great warm-weather dish (with beutiful photos, to boot)! I am making this this weekend. Thanks, Allen.

  18. Food Stories
    May 16, 2012 / 3:18 pm

    Looks like a lot of steps but well worth the effort 🙂

    • May 16, 2012 / 10:32 pm

      You’re right – it’s a lot of steps if you peel and devein the shrimp yourself. But if you buy prepared shrimp, this one is actually a quick and easy dish 🙂

  19. May 17, 2012 / 5:30 am

    Great post Jen! Love the ingredients and your step by step explanation.
    hope the sun is shining in New England!

  20. May 17, 2012 / 12:07 pm

    We are just now getting some sunny days too! It’s great when you can enjoy a meal outdoors, isn’t it? I guess we appreciate the warm weather more, since we have to wait for it!

    • May 17, 2012 / 1:28 pm

      So true – we finally should have a beautiful weekend, and I plan to fully appreciate it! 🙂

  21. May 17, 2012 / 2:13 pm

    This looks amazing (your photos make me drool). I’m thinking about doing shrimp tonight and this is inspiring 🙂 Thanks

  22. May 17, 2012 / 7:45 pm

    Ohhh girl, this looks so good! I love seafood (shrimp’s definitely a favorite), and have never tried to make it with sage…or really any herbs now that I think about it… Your bowl of shirmpy lovliness looks awesome! Enjoy the pretty warm weather!

  23. May 17, 2012 / 9:28 pm

    Marvelous dish…particularly great for spring and summer!

  24. May 18, 2012 / 11:55 am

    What a spectacular salad! I love all the flavours. Never tried the combo of asparagus and artichokes. Now I am totally intrigued.

  25. May 18, 2012 / 7:39 pm

    This looks like something I’d enjoy. I like the photos.

  26. May 18, 2012 / 11:45 pm

    I love anything with asparagus! This looks like a hearty and delicious weekend treat….meaning I need to make this, LOL! Beautiful! Hugs, Terra

  27. May 21, 2012 / 6:41 pm

    I have a lemon-sage thing that I’m posting tomorrow…I swear I just saw this. lol.

  28. May 22, 2012 / 3:19 pm

    Just wanted to let you know I tried this recipe over the weekend, and last week I also tried your creamy parmesan primavera pasta – both were absolutely delicious! You’ll soon tire of me letting you know which recipes I’ve tried, because I’m quite sure I’ll be testing a lot of them! 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful and sun-filled weekend like we did here!

    • May 23, 2012 / 12:16 pm

      Yay, so glad you enjoyed them! I’m always excited to hear about how these recipes turn out for others, so thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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