Paleo Express – Blackened Pepper Shrimp with Shrooms




It’s a new deposit in The Paleo Express series. I developed this series in order to “put the Panda out of business” while helping you sate your appetite for Chinese-American food.

I know you’ve all seen the “black pepper” varieties of protein, i.e. black pepper pork, black pepper beef, black pepper pork, etc… Today, I bust out the coarse grind black pepper and pair with with jalapeño for an extra level of kick. But, let me warn you, the jalapeño addition is not for the faint of heart.

This recipe turned out really well and I highly recommend it. Search out wild shrimp at every opportunity, and, if you can find Alaskan Spot Shrimp, buy them!

I’m currently in Las Vegas preparing a food booth for tomorrow’s Valentine’s Day Massacre and a seminar for Sunday at Sin City CrossFit. I brought my camera, so I’ll post some pics when I get a chance. If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi!

Have a great weekend!

Your Pal,

Paleo Nick

PS “Keep It Paleo!”

(“The Bro!” at outdoor ed yesterday…)

Blackened Pepper Shrimp with Shrooms

Ingredients List:

  • 1 2″ knob of ginger, peeled and minced
  • 6 garlic cloves, diced small
  • 2 lbs wild shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 jalapeño, bias cut
  • 1 cup of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced to the size of mushroom slices
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced to the size of mushroom slices
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Water
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Coarse black pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil

Preparation Instructions:

  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet, add olive oil and ginger until soft
  2. Add garlic and heat pan so that it is hot enough to sear the shrimp
  3. Add more olive oil to the pan, add salted shrimp season side down to the hot pan
  4. Add black pepper and jalapeño
  5. Once shrimp are pink and opaque transfer to another dish while you cook the remaining ingredients
  6. Add more olive oil to pan, add both peppers, mushrooms, water, salt and black pepper.  The vegetables need to have a nice shine on them
  7. Add shrimp back into the pan with the vegetables, toss together
  8. Finish off with adding the cilantro into the pan and toss together
  9. Transfer to a serving dish and eat immediately.

“Keep It Paleo!”

Zone Breakdown:

Proteins: (16)

We have 2lbs of shrimp. We know that 2oz of shrimp equal one block, so if we have 32oz, then that gives us 16 protein blocks from the shrimp.


Carbohydrates: (2)

We don’t have a ton of carbs in this recipe, but we get one block form the two bell peppers, as each pepper provides us with about ½ block. We also get a about half a block from the garlic as 10 cloves equal one block. And an additional half form the jalapeno and the 1 cup of mushrooms combined. It takes 4 cups of mushrooms to equal one block and also 2 cups of peppers to equal one block, so we will call these two together ½ block for a total of 2 carb blocks.

Fats: (9+)

There are no added fats, the only fats that will be in here will come from the oil that you cook with. For every tablespoon of oil that is used, remember it is 9 fat blocks.

Balancing Act:

We have 16 protein blocks and 2 carb blocks that we are counting in this recipe. Divided into four meals, that gives each portion 4 protein blocks and minimal carb blocks, so add in some nice carbs to bring this meal up to balance.

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