Five Things to Remember When Cooking Shrimps
Before you head out to buy kilos of this well-loved seafood and cook up another winning dish, remember this list of tips when buying or cooking shrimps to keep your servings safe-to-eat and delicious!
1. Never cook stale shrimps.
Purchase frozen shrimps still covered with shells and make sure they are from a fresh-caught batch. Most importantly, you must cook shrimps within 24 hours after buying them. If there’s an unpleasant smell in your newly-bought shrimps, throw them out immediately. Better safe than sorry, foodies!
2. Defrost frozen shrimps before cooking them.
Throwing straight-from-the-freezer shrimps into a pan with boiling water or hot oil will only result to unevenly-cooked servings of shrimp. Since they are easy to defrost, just put them first in a bowl with cold water and they’ll be ready in just a few minutes.
3. Peel and devein the shrimp the proper way.
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4. Keep the shells and heads.
If you want to savor the richest flavor of shrimps, then better cook them with shells and heads. But if you need to peel them off, just collect them in a separate bag. Here’s what you can do according to Huffpost Taste: “Later, sauté them in a little butter to make instant shrimp butter, or simmer them with herbs, salt and a few veggies for instant shrimp stock.”
5. Never overcook the shrimps.
Three things to remember to know if your shrimp is cooked the perfect way:
Straight Shrimp = Undercooked
C-Shaped Shrimp = Cooked to Perfection
O-Shaped Shrimp = Overcooked (Your worst seafood nightmare is the rubbery shrimp!)
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