Shrimp is one of the most popular choices of seafood eaten in the good old US of A. All in all, the average American eats about 4 pounds of shrimp every year, a fact which could immediately conjure images of that great prattle from Bubba in the movie Forrest Gump: "You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it, sauté it. There's, um, shrimp kabobs, shrimp Creole, shrimp gumbo, pan-fried, deep-fried, stir-fried. There's pineapple shrimp and lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp in potatoes, shrimp burger, shrimp sandwich. That's about it." As Bubba says, the cooking possibilities with shrimp are seemingly endless.
People love to turn their noses up at frozen shrimp. But here's a little secret: Those pretty shrimp you see on ice in the fish monger's section of the market, yeah, those are most likely frozen shrimp that have been set on ice. You heard right, frozen. It is very rare to find fresh shrimp.
Most shrimp are caught in deep water and frozen quickly on the shrimping boat to preserve freshness. So save yourself time and money by buying bags of frozen peeled, cleaned, and deveined frozen shrimp. There’s nothing you can’t make with frozen shrimp; simply thaw them in a bowl under cool running water for a few minutes, and — bam! — you’re good to go!
Here are our favorite shrimp recipes.