Have a Tasty Shrimp Feast
Shrimp is a very versatile seafood. It can provide a sumptuous and filling meal in a few
minutes. It is tasty and would surely keep your family happy at the dining table. Before
thinking about a shrimp recipe, however, you must learn first how to clean shrimp. Knowing
how to prepare the seafood for cooking is important on the outcome of the dish.
Cleaning shrimps may entail a couple of other tasks like defrosting, shelling, de-veining, and
cutting it into a butterfly. That depends on what recipe you will need them for.
Most of the time, you will have to deal with frozen shrimp. In this case, you will have to thaw
the seafood before washing it. Thawing is a process of allowing ice off the shrimp to melt.
You can do it in the refrigerator and spend a good 12 to 24 hours or outside the refrigerator,
using a bowl of water. Be careful not to use hot water or any form of heat to thaw your
shrimps. Popping them into the microwave oven, for example, will partially cook them and
may cause them to toughen.
When your shrimp is already thawed, you may rinse them through. Then, you may start
shelling. Take the head off first. Some recipes require that you keep the head and tail so take
note if there are any instructions like that in your recipe. You may then peel the shell off the
body of the shrimp, including the feet.
After shelling, you may start to devein your shrimp. De-veining is a process of taking off the
thin, black string located just beneath the skin on the back of the shrimp. You may a
professional deveiner for this task. But if you do not have such a tool, a regular knife will do.
All you need to do is to run a light cut across the back and pull out the string by the tip of the
knife or a plastic toothpick.
Some recipes require shrimps prepared in butterfly style. Do not worry because this is just
about a simple step of cutting across the back of the shrimp until it opens up and forms like a
After learning to clean and prepare your shrimps, it is time to learn to cook them. There are
many recipes involving shrimps. You may even substitute it for meat to make some recipes
into a seafood version. One of the most delicious ways of cooking it, however, is by grilling.
A grilled shrimp recipe is not only very easy to prepare. It is also very tasty and delicious. By
grilling, you are allowing the natural flavors of the seafood to come out with that
unmistakable barbecued goodness.