What’s For Dinner? Bacon Seared Shrimp 12


UPC’s Bacon Seared Shrimp

There are some really interesting things happening these days in the world of “Dietary Media”. I’ve had some close friends and family nervously sending me some major media outlet news stories which would suggest that I’m going to die tomorrow. Or maybe yesterday. I have to admit that I’m constantly amused by the overwhelming attempt by the media to “discredit” the Paleo (and other Ancestral) Diet. There’s been a few new reviews of old data, and papers written about them, some so-called experts have come out and renewed the perspective that eschewing grains “may be” dangerous, and is as yet untested. And every single time a paper is written or an expert makes a statement, the media gets a new opportunity to renew their fervent attempt at derailing my healthy journey through grass-fed pastured beef, pastured pork, and soy-free pastured chickens.

This is, of course, a no-win proposition for me. I can’t respond back to my friends and family who are sending me these unscientific media articles with honest concern in any way other than “Thank you for your concern” or some similar statement. I can’t say “I’ve read the underlying studies, analyzed their assumptions and results, and have come to the conclusion that their conclusions are unfounded based on the science, and must be considered in light of their assumptions.” Well, of course, I could say that, but my family and friends who are sending me these articles are doing so because they wouldn’t understand that statement anyway; even though it’s true. Instead, as I mentioned above, I say “Thank you for your concern.” and often leave it at that. The proof is in the pudding, as they say. And while my concerned friends and family are busy attempting to figure out how to make their yellow-brown grain-mash in to something tasty, I am enjoying simple, delicious foods which feed my mind, body, and soul to the fullest extent!

If you’re having trouble sticking to your guns on your dietary program, regardless of what it is, because there are too many nay-sayers who are making it difficult for you to stay the course, take heart. You’re not alone! And now, on to something cooked in bacon grease; a “Diet Sin” that I wouldn’t have dreamed of when I was a perfect practitioner of the SAD diet…

UPC’s Bacon Seared Shrimp; What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb Shrimp (I used Wild-Caught Frozen Argentinian shrimp from Trader Joe’s)
  • 3 tablespoons Bacon Grease (preferably in the pan from your bacon that morning; with the leftover bits still in it!)
  • Fresh Rosemary, diced
  • Fresh ground Black Pepper (about 1 tablespoon)
  • A pinch of Sea Salt (really, just a pinch; not even a teaspoon)

Serves: 2
Prep and Cook time: 15 minutes

1. Put the shrimp in the pan with the bacon oil and turn the pan on high heat.
Note: Be sure to start/prepare your side dish with enough time to complete that before serving your meal.

2. Cook the shrimp in the pan on high until the water starts to sizzle, then add the spices so that they are well distributed by the boiling water.

3. Stirring regularly, continue to cook on high until the water has mostly boiled off.

4. Turn the heat down to medium-low, and cook the shrimp, covered, for 2 minutes.

5. Stir again, and cook covered for another 2 minutes.

6. Serve and enjoy!

Note: If you’re going to serve this with the Sweet Potato “Fries” that I have in the picture; they’re GREAT if you cook them in a similar amount of bacon grease, following a similar recipe to this one with two exceptions: use “Medium” heat rather than high, and cook them covered the entire time.


  • Do you have friends, family, co-workers, or even your trainer trying to tell you that not eating grains or beans is somehow unhealthy?
  • How do you handle your nay-sayers?
  • Do you have a different approach for co-workers versus friends, and another different approach for family?

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12 thoughts on “What’s For Dinner? Bacon Seared Shrimp

  • My little jar of spices

    Great post! I don’t think it’s easy for anyone to handle nay-sayers. I used to be one myself so I understand where they are coming from. Like you, I generally avoid entering in heated debates because it would be a dead-end conversation and I don’t try to convince anyone who’s not actually interested in Paleo. Instead I just say that I have formed my own opinion on the Paleo diet by trying it and obtaining fantastic results in my health and daily life, and that they shouldn’t hesitate to give it a try if ever they are curious.

    • urbanpaleochef

      What a GREAT way to respond! It sets the stage for any conversation that you may have with those people about your diet, without “calling them out” in any way. I am definitely going to use a variation of what you have above from now on!

  • ToniH

    How much bacon grease did you use to fry the sweet potato fries? Mine doesn’t have the bacon bits in them. I buy mine as I cook with a lot of bacon grease and ghee. Once I found out that I could buy it on amazon.com, I think that I use it more then I used to. You can just google hot belly bacon grease if you want to try it. You might not like it if you like the bacon debris in yours. It’s great for the paleo diet! Can’t wait to try those shrimp! It looks delicious!

    • urbanpaleochef

      Hi Toni! Great comments about the bacon grease!
      I used about 4 tablespoons of bacon grease. It’s tough to know precisely, of course, because I didn’t pour the grease back and then add it back in… I usually use 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil or bacon grease when I am starting with a clean pan.