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Shrimp Tips For National Shrimp Day

According to my bizarre food calendar, today is National Shrimp Day. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to talk a little about America's favorite shellfish. Most of the shrimp consumed in the United States comes from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and the Gulf Coast. Generally speaking, the colder the water the smaller and more succulent the shrimp. Shrimp change color when you cook them due to a heat induced chemical change in their shells. Jumbo and colossal shrimp are referred to as prawns - although the prawn is actually a different species. Shrimp are available year round: shelled or unshelled, raw or cooked, fresh or frozen. Smell raw shrimp when purchasing it and look for an oceanside fragrance. Choose plump, juicy shrimp and rinse under cold water before tightly covering and refrigerating it. Shrimp can be used in a variety of dishes but classic shrimp cocktail is one of the best recipes to highlight the pure taste of fresh shrimp. For a simple appetizer recipe


Shrimp Cocktail
From Fisherman's Express

15 large uncooked shrimp
1/2 cup chili sauce
1 Tbsp lemon or lime juice
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 cup parsley, finely chopped
1/2 cup horseradish
1 drop hot sauce
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp salt

  1. Clean shrimp by deveining and discarding heads and shell if present. Leave shrimp tails intact.
  2. Boil shrimp for about 3-4 minutes. Do not over cook as shrimp will become tough. Shrimp are done as soon as they become opaque.
  3. Combine all other ingredients to make sauce.
  4. Place 3-4 shrimp in individual serving dishes with greens and lemon garnish. Pour cocktail sauce over shrimp, or dip the shrimp in the sauce.

Serves 3 to 5.

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samshrew samshrew 8 years
Thanks partysugar--that does help!
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Samshrew I found this video that I suggest you watch, it goes through the steps to de-veining shrimp pretty clearly. Hope that helps!
samshrew samshrew 8 years
I LOVE shrimp too! Do you think you could give us some tips on de-veining them? It always takes me so long...
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
LOVE shrimp.
calibabi calibabi 8 years
i think i'll pass on making my own, and head over to fisherman's wharf and get my favorite shrimp cocktail from the street vendors!
ALSW ALSW 8 years
I agree with krisua - but I still want to eat them!
llendril llendril 8 years
shrimp is my favorite food. ever. thanks for pointing out the 'holiday.' i think i'll celebrate!
krisua krisua 8 years
The shrimp presented on your picture is not very inviting.. rather on the contrary ;o)
cupcake17 cupcake17 8 years
I just wanted to paste a link to some articles and urge all of you to buy Wild American shrimp. Outsourcing is really hurting the Gulf Coast communities, support your local shrimpers!!! www.wildamericanshrimp.com http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/fish/shrimp/factsheet/factsheet http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/press/releases/press-release-buy-wild-american-shrimp
SFKitkat SFKitkat 8 years
Who knew that there was such a thing as "National Shrimp Day"? You learn something new everyday.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 8 years
:cry: A whole day designed to kill me!!! Are there days for Lobster, Crab and Scallops, too??? :cry: lol My Anapen (Epipen in US/Canada) and I are ready for today! lol
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