Shrimp is the most popular seafood in America. According to the National Fisheries Institute, we consumed 4.7 pounds of the small crustacean per capita in 2019 – the latest year for which data is available – easily surpassing our No.2 favorite, salmon, at just 3.1 pounds. .
What’s so awesome about shrimp? For starters, it doesn’t make you fat: a three-ounce value – about three jumbo shrimp or six to eight large – is only 85 calories. (That’s not counting the garlic butter, bacon, or fried breadcrumbs you could cover them with, of course.) Shrimp are also low in mercury – a major health concern with some types of seafood – and rich in protein, selenium, vitamins B12 and D, and beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. (No wonder shrimp has its place on our list of the best seafood to eat..)
It doesn’t matter all of that, though. What’s really great about shrimp is that they are delicious, widely available all year round, and extremely versatile. Almost every major kitchen has popular shrimp recipes, and many of them are quick and easy.
It’s always a good idea to buy the best quality shrimp you can find, of course. There are literally hundreds of individual species, both hot and cold water (cold water shrimp are usually tastier), both wild-caught and farm-raised, of all sizes from tiny to huge.
It is estimated that 90% of what we eat in this country is grown and frozen in Southeast Asia or Latin America. Some of these can be really good, but if ever you have the opportunity to buy fresh, wild, and US-caught varieties – like West Coast Spotted Shrimp, Key West Pink Shrimp, Shrimp northerners from the New England Atlantic or Gulf shrimp from Texas or Louisiana, go for it. They are worth the money.
By the way, what’s the difference between shrimp and shrimp? They are very similar, and the terms are often used interchangeably, “shrimp” generally referring to broader examples. There is, however, an anatomical difference. Shrimp have one pair of legs (or tiny claws) while shrimp have three.
24/7 Tempo has combed through many cookbooks and recipe websites to come up with a list of easy ideas – both starters and main courses – for shrimp (or shrimp). Included are examples from Mexico, Spain, Italy, India, Thailand and elsewhere – as well as many United States
You won’t find any recipes here, just photographs and brief descriptions, but an online search will return recipes galore. (And if you’d rather let someone else do the cooking, you’ll find plenty of shrimp preparations at Yelp’s Best Seafood Restaurants in America.)
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