Shrimp may be small, but they should be big on flavor. I love the dense but tender texture and subtle sweetness of this healthy protein. Great for everything from summer grilling to holiday entertaining, shrimp are a fantastic year-round seafood choice. Whether you’re buying MSC-certified wild shrimp or options from Responsibly Farmed sources, here’s how to find the highest-quality shrimp and how to prepare them at home.
It’s important to buy shrimp from sources with good water quality. Certifications or ratings on the packaging should help identify shrimp raised responsibly, so look for a seal from organizations like the Marine Stewardship Council, or green and yellow ratings from the Monterey Bay Aquarium or Blue Ocean Institute. Environmental stewardship is especially important when it comes to farmed shrimp. Your seafood counter should be able to tell you exactly where their shrimp comes from.
Shrimp’s light, fresh flavor will shine when it is not chemically treated and contains no added phosphates, sulfates, or preservatives. And make sure your frozen shrimp is flash-frozen within hours of harvest to maintain the best flavor.
Here are some other helpful tips for choosing and cooking shrimp:
Now, savor your new shrimp know-how with these creative, easy recipes:
Spicy Shrimp: The marinade balances fiery Sriracha with a little sugar and aromatic garlic to create a caramelized kick
Pineapple Shrimp in Endive Leaves: This light, fresh, no-cook appetizer can also be served in small romaine leaves or lettuce cups.
Thai Shrimp and Carrot Salad: The flavorful, refreshing, and crisp salad tops a bed of rice noodles for a great mix of textures and tastes.
— David Pilat, global seafood buyer for Whole Foods Market