Zippy Summer Shrimp

This quick preparation of shrimp pan-fried with garlic, red pepper flakes, lemon juice, and basil goes with any of a number of meal accompaniments. I like to serve it with fettucini in Lite Alfredo Sauce.

1/3 cup olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp red pepper flakes, or more to taste
2 tsp paprika
2 lbs deveined shrimp
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over high heat. Cook and stir the garlic in the oil just until fragrant. Do not allow the garlic to brown.
2. Sprinkle the red pepper flakes and paprika into the oil. Add the shrimp and toss to coat.
3. Pour the lemon juice over the shrimp and allow to cook until the shrimp are bright pink on the outside and the meat is no longer transparent in the center, 1 to 2 minutes more.
4. Reduce heat to low, add the basil and toss lightly. Season with salt and pepper to serve.

Servings: 6