Scrumptious and incredibly versatile shrimp make a delightful addition to so many dishes. We'll key you in on everything you need to know about cooking with shrimp.
Shrimp make their way into all kinds of cuisine, from enticing appetizers such as Shrimp Scampi-Style to hearty pasta dishes such as Saucy Shrimp and Pasta. Pick your favorite shrimp recipe and get cooking with the tips that follow.
Use these pointers when purchasing shrimp:
Because shrimp are bought and sold in large quantities, most of the shrimp available in U.S. supermarkets have been previously frozen. Shrimp freeze remarkably well. If the shrimp you purchase are frozen, place them in a sealed container in the refrigerator to thaw overnight. To speed up the thawing process, place the shrimp in a colander under cold running water for about 2 minutes. To retain their succulent texture, avoid thawing shrimp in warm water or at room temperature.
Fill a large bowl about half-full with ice. Nestle the shrimp into the ice, making sure the shrimp are not too close to the bottom of the bowl where melted water will accumulate. Cover the bowl and refrigerate until ready to use, draining the water and adding more ice as needed.
Most shrimp recipes call for peeled shrimp. Here's how to do it:
Many recipes, such as Double-Quick Shrimp Cocktail, call for cooked shrimp. Here's how to do it: