Cooked shrimp in a cast iron pan with lime and herbs
The Easy Alphabetic Trick To Seeing If Your Shrimp Is Cooked Properly
By Angel Albring
Cooking shrimp can be a bit intimidating, especially with the lingering fear of them not being cooked all the way through. However, there are some tell-tale signs that indicate your shrimp is thoroughly cooked, and the easiest one involves remembering your alphabet.
If a shrimp looks like the letter “I,” it is not cooked enough, or “incomplete,” but if the shrimp resembles the letter “C,” then it is good to go, or “cooked.” If the shrimp looks like an “O,” chances are you have “overcooked” it, and it will be tough to eat.
If the shape isn't enough to convince you that your shrimp are ready to eat, you can also check their color and texture for added assurance. Raw shrimp are gray in color, but they turn pink or reddish-orange when cooked, and it’s always best to err on the side of caution.