We’d be very surprised if you’ve never had Shrimp before as shrimps are one of the most highly consumed food items in the world. You can eat shrimp cold (but never raw) in shrimp cocktail or sushi, or served hot in one of thousands of recipes using shrimp. It is a very versatile seafood, as you can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, and sauté shrimp to name a few ways.
Shrimp has a mild, buttery flavor with sweet and creamy notes. Shrimp has a slightly firm texture and melts in your mouth.
Shrimp are slender with long muscular abdomens. They have ten slender legs and have external skeletons.
When properly cooked, the exterior should be pink with red tails and the flesh is slightly opaque and a little white in color with a sheen.
Shrimp has an impressive nutrition profile. It’s low in calories, yet high in protein ( 3 oz of Shrimp contains 18 grams of protein) and also contains beneficial minerals such as iodine, phosphorus, zinc, selenium and magnesium. Shrimp is a good source of Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamins D and B12.
We carry a variety of Shrimp – fresh and frozen, small, medium and large, cooked or uncooked, and we always have Shrimp available all year round at both of our stores. Drop by or Pre-order now.
How To Cook Shrimp:
Shrimp can be consumed as an appetizer or as a meal, making it a very versatile seafood choice. So, we’ve put together a list of simple ways to prepare shrimp that takes the fuss out of eating healthy.
1. Baked: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Arrange shrimp in a single layer in a baking dish. Drizzle olive oil over then sprinkle your preferred spices such as garlic salt, parsley, and pepper. Cut up some butter into small pieces and scatter over shrimp. Bake and watch carefully, until shrimp turn pink, 5 to 10 minutes.
2. Broiled: Broiled shrimp is one of the best ways to cook it! Turn on the broiler, and put the rack close to heat. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, and season with salt and black pepper. Drizzle with olive or vegetable oil. Broil for 2 minutes until it turns light pink color, then turn all the shrimp on the other side for another 2 minutes. Serve with lemon juice and melted butter or add to your favourite recipe.
3. Grilled: Toss uncooked shrimp in your favourite marinade (such as an oily salad dressing) and place on a hot grill turning occasionally for 2-3 minutes depending on size. Using skewers is an easy way to manage several shrimp at a time, but don’t forget to pre-soak your bamboo skewers in water so that they don’t burn on the BBQ.
4. Pan Fried: Melt a few tablespoons of butter in a skillet over high heat. Add raw shrimp and seasonings such as salt, garlic and Pepper Meddly. Cook and stir until browned, about 2 minutes.
5. Poached: In a large pot, over medium-high heat, add water, black peppercorns, fresh parsley, lemon juice, lemon halves, salt, and a bay leaf. Bring the water to a rapid boil. Add the shrimp to the water. Remove the pot from the heat and cover the saucepan with a lid. Let the shrimp poach about 3 minutes. Once the shrimp turn pink, they are ready to eat. This method is a perfect way to make your own shrimp cocktail platter with a variety of dipping sauces.