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Shrimp Swims Ahead as Friday Lenten Favorite

Image: shrimp scampi pasta (ARA) - Lent has arrived and 159 million Christians will likely be looking for new ways to work seafood into their diets. Many Christians will abstain from eating meat on Fridays until Easter Sunday.

"Historically, retailers see a jump in fish sales every year during Lent," says Judson Reis, Vice-President of Marketing for Gorton's, the nation's leading frozen seafood brand. "Families are always looking for new seafood dishes, especially during Lent. That craving for something different is a factor in Americans' increased interest in shrimp as a main dish."

At 4 pounds per person per year, shrimp has passed tuna as the most-consumed seafood in the United States. Shrimp also accounts for the majority (53 percent) of frozen seafood purchased each year. High in protein, shrimp is also a source of B12, iron and selenium.

"Shrimp's growing popularity is due in large part to its flexibility as an appetizer or main dish," Reis says. "From pizza to stir fry, shrimp is a great centerpiece to any meal."

Enter Gorton's new Shrimp Temptations - 12-ounce packages of frozen, cooked, tail-less shrimp that can be used in a variety of dishes. Each package contains 17 to 21 large shrimp in a creamy scampi or lemon sauce. Available at supermarkets nationwide, each flavor contains less than 150 calories per serving, 7 grams of fat and zero grams of trans fat.

"Families looking for nutritious, great-tasting seafood meals this Lent can now make a great shrimp dinner in less than 20 minutes," says Reis.

Here is a sampling of shrimp recipes available at

Temptations Pizza

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1 pizza

1 12-ounce package of Shrimp Temptations
1 ready-made pizza crust
1 cup mixed vegetables (onions, mushrooms, peppers, etc.)
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven according to pizza crust package directions. Cook Temptations according to package. Top pizza crust with shrimp and sauce. Place vegetables over shrimp and sprinkle with cheese. Bake as recommended on pizza crust package.

Coconut Lemon Shrimp Stir Fry

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Serves: 3

1 12-ounce package Lemon Butter Temptations
16 ounces frozen stir-fry vegetables
2 tablespoons chopped scallions
1/4 cup coconut milk
3 cups cooked rice

Cook rice according to package instructions. Cook Temptations according to package instructions. When sauce begins to melt on shrimp, add frozen vegetables. Cover and simmer for five minutes. Stir sauce and vegetables and turn shrimp. Recover and simmer for another five minutes. Repeat prior stir step and recover for an additional five minutes. Add scallions and coconut milk. Cook uncovered for an additional two to three minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over cooked rice.

Creamy Shrimp and Broccoli

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Serves: 2-3

1 12-ounce package Shrimp Temptations
1 package frozen broccoli florets

Place Temptations and frozen broccoli in a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Follow cooking directions according to Temptations packaging, adding an additional three to four minutes to suggested cooking time. Serve immediately.

Shrimp Temptations and Pasta

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes
Serves: 3

8 ounces dry pasta of your choice
1 12-ounce package Shrimp Temptations

Cook pasta according to package instructions. Cook Temptations according to package directions. Serve Temptations over drained pasta.

Courtesy of ARA Content

EDITOR'S NOTE: Founded in 1849, Gorton's is one of America's oldest continuously operating companies.

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