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Calories in Shellfish

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Fish in the daily diet and your weight loss plan; healthy benefits and Omega 3's.


Shellfish makes an excellent choice for dieters when steamed, broiled, baked or grilled. Almost all are considered as super foods unless you are one of the unfortunate individuals allergic to shellfish.

You should enjoy fish at least two times per week on your meal plate. Avoid frying or adding batter as well as special sauces as they influence the nutritional values of the shellfish - specifically, the caloric values take a tumble upwards. And when one is trying to lose rather than gain weight, it's difficult to accomplish when battered, fried and sauced foods are on the meal plate.

That 80 calorie selection of fish or shellfish can rapidly become a Diet Albatross around the dieter's neck with the caloric values rising sharply - at times, quadrupled the original caloric values of the fish.

How many calories in shellfish? Let's see, shall we? And let's base the nutritional values on a three ounce serving size in cooked stage - unless otherwise indicated.

Alaskan King Crab, 82 calories in steamed form
Lobster, 76 calories, steamed
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Wild Eastern Oysters, 87 calories steamed
Wild Eastern Oysters, 6 medium oysters for 43 calories
Crayfish, 70 calories, moist heat
Mussels, 146 calories, moist heat
Clams, 126 calories, moist heat
Shrimp, 101 calories, moist heat
Abalone,  161 calories, fried
Scallops, 67 calories, breaded and fried for 2 large scallops
Whelks, 234 calories, prepared with moist heat

Steaming the shellfish or cooking with moist heat keeps the calorie content as low as possible. Your fishmonger or seafood market manager can usually steam your selections without additional charge while you finish your shopping list.

In addition, there may be several different available seasonings that you can add to your shellfish - from Cajun seasonings to lemon pepper.


Golden Shrimp in Garlic Butter, a lower calorie diet shellfish recipe

The Recipe Ingredients:Crab

1 pound of fresh or frozen peeled and de-veined shrimp
1/3 cup of reduced fat margarine - the 40 calories per serving varieties
2 cloves of minced garlic
2 Tablespoons of snipped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon of lemon pepper
Salt and cracked black pepper as desired
1 Tablespoon of dry cooking Sherry

If the shrimp are frozen they will need to be in their thawed state for this recipe. Once thawed, bring out a large skillet that has a non-stick surface.

Place the reduced fat margarine into the skillet and allow it to melt, then add the garlic along with the peeled and de-veined shrimp. Stir to coat the shrimp and garlic with the margarine.

The shrimp should cook in about 2 minutes and it does tend to cook very rapidly; you'll know when it's done because shrimp turns a pink color at this stage. Add the lemon pepper along with salt and cracked pepper if desired. But keep in mind that shrimp tends to be naturally salty as it once-lived in the briny deep. Now finish the recipe by adding the fresh parsley and the Sherry.

This recipe makes four generous servings for about 125 calories each and minimal fat.

Take note that many varieties of shellfish are rich in purines and are not ideal for individuals who suffer from gout issues.

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