Healthy Swedish Råkor, (Shrimp)

Today I saw an elderly couple, (I’m guessing in their eighties), walking down an icy sidewalk, holding hands, their free hands each holding onto one of a pair of ski poles. I want this to be me someday. That’s why I’m writing this post, sharing some Swedish secrets for healthy living. Starting with råkor, in English, shrimp.

Swedes love these little hand peeled crustaceans. They buy them in buckets, floating in brine, keep them in their fridge and eat them on everything from toast to salad to their favorite way–stuffed inside half of an avocado. At noontime in the city you can see hungry folks on their lunch break sitting in cafes devouring heaps of shrimp and greens.

It took me a while to get up the courage to order a shrimp sandwich, but what I discovered is I love these sweet, salty, versatile pieces of protein (if you want to think of them that way).

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My suggestion is to buy some shrimp, any size, toss them in a bowl with a little light mayo, fresh dill and salt and pepper. Serve them up salad bar style with lots of other healthy veggies. I find if I chop everything first and have it ready in the fridge in Tupperware containers, then its easy to just pull it all out for dinner and later, pack away the left overs (for another healthy meal). It makes dinner a no-brainer (almost, there’s still the plates to wash).
Here’s what it might look like…

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And here’s what it looks like on the plate…

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Have any other ideas for how to use these little shrimp? I’d love to hear. I still have a bucket full.

2 Comments on “Healthy Swedish Råkor, (Shrimp)

  1. Love this! I am so excited to get to Stockholm and try it out. Your greens are gorgeous. The only problem will be trying to get Joe to eat the mini-shrimp…he really only will put up with the big ones, and even then, mostly only either wrapped in bacon or with some cocktail sauce.

    • I totally here ya there. Although I have to say these shrimp are unlike anything I’ve encountered before. More meaty less fishy. I have a feeling even Joe will like them. Can’t wait to have you over for some delicious Swedish fare.

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