By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

In this recipe, the shrimp is marinated rather than served with a heavy sauce. Serve the shrimp cold with water crackers or melba toast.

Number of servings

Serves 8


  1. 1 medium red onion, chopped
  2. 1/2 cup fresh lime juice, plus lime zest as garnish
  3. 2 tablespoons capers
  4. 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  5. 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
  6. 1 cup water
  7. 1/2 cup rice vinegar
  8. 3 whole cloves
  9. 1 bay leaf
  10. 1 pound uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined


In a shallow baking dish, combine the onion, lime juice, capers, mustard and hot sauce. Set aside.

In a large saucepan, add the water, vinegar, cloves and bay leaf. Bring to a boil and add the shrimp. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Drain and transfer the shrimp to the shallow dish containing the onion mixture, making sure to discard the cloves and bay leaf. Stir to combine. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.

To serve, divide the shrimp mixture among individual small bowls and garnish each with lime zest. Serve cold.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size :About 8 shrimp

  • Total carbohydrate 3 g
  • Dietary fiber 0 g
  • Sodium 200 mg
  • Saturated fat trace g
  • Total fat 1 g
  • Cholesterol 86 mg
  • Protein 12 g
  • Monounsaturated fat trace g
  • Calories 69
March 01, 2011