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Calories in Raw Shrimp

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Shrimp is considered a shellfish.

Before enjoying, be sure to remove the soft shell or you'll look like you've been eating a batch of beetles.

You'll also need to remove the intestinal vein on larger specimens or you'll experience a sandy grind. The vein is located on the rounded back.

Shrimp are very low in calories as long as they are prepared in a health wise fashion such as broiled, steamed or grilled. As a note, they go rubbery in the microwave.

How many calories do shrimp contain? Three ounces of most species contain about 60-90 calories. Restaurant Shrimp Calories, Nutrition Facts

Raw, Steamed or Fried for Dieters? It's a No-Brainer

One pound of raw shrimp contains about 480 calories while one pound of fried contains about 1050 calories.

As you can see, oil really sends the calories in shrimp swimming upstream, doesn't it?

Shrimp are generally known as prawns in the United States.

In East Asia, prawn eggs are part of the diet. One pound of prawn eggs contains about 1365 calories. I wonder if they taste anything like caviar?

The Nutritional Benefits of Shrimp

Low in carbohydrates, sodium content, dietary fat, calories yet high in protein grams and they contain a little iron. They also contain healthy Omega 3's that benefit the heart.

Purchasing Tips

When picking out your shrimp at the local market, give them a good sniff.  If you become overpowered by the smell, don't buy.  

If they smell a bit like the old man and the sea (minus the old man, of course), then you are good to go. Smelly, mushy and dark colored specimens generally equal old.

Keep in mind that fresh specimens spoil very quickly so toss them on the barbie as soon as possible after arriving home or keep them thoroughly chilled.

Nutrition Facts for Shrimp, Raw State

Vitamins, Minerals


100 Grams

1 Medium Size

1 Small

3 Ounces

1 Large

Energy kcal 71 4 4 60 20
Protein g 13.61 0.82 0.68 11.57 3.81
Total lipid (fat) g 1.01 0.06 0.05 0.86 0.28
Carbohydrate, by difference g 0.91 0.05 0.05 0.77 0.25
Fiber, total dietary g 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Sugars, total g 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Calcium, Ca mg 54 3 3 46 15
Iron, Fe mg 0.21 0.01 0.01 0.18 0.06
Magnesium, Mg mg 22 1 1 19 6
Phosphorus, P mg 244 15 12 207 68
Potassium, K mg 113 7 6 96 32
Sodium, Na a mg 566 34 28 481 158
Zinc, Zn mg 0.97 0.06 0.05 0.82 0.27
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Thiamin mg 0.020 0.001 0.001 0.017 0.006
Riboflavin mg 0.015 0.001 0.001 0.013 0.004
Niacin mg 1.778 0.107 0.089 1.511 0.498
Vitamin B-6 mg 0.161 0.010 0.008 0.137 0.045
Folate, DFE g 19 1 1 16 5
Vitamin B-12 g 1.11 0.07 0.06 0.94 0.31
Vitamin A, RAE g 54 3 3 46 15
Vitamin A, IU IU 180 11 9 153 50
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) mg 1.32 0.08 0.07 1.12 0.37
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) g 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.0
Vitamin D IU 2 0 0 2 1
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) g 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.1
Lipids, Total Fatty Acid Content
Saturated Fats g 0.261 0.016 0.013 0.222 0.073
Monounsaturated Fats g 0.181 0.011 0.009 0.154 0.051
Polyunsaturated Fats g 0.295 0.018 0.015 0.251 0.083
Cholesterol mg 126 8 6 107 35

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