What Not to Do When Cooking Shrimp

  • Shrimp is a popular seafood.  Here are some tips to make the best out of these delicious crustaceans.
  • Store-bought shrimp may appear fresh, but they were previously frozen.  Buy from a reputable fish department and eat them within 2 days
  • Thawing is key but not in the microwave or on the counter.
  • Defrost in a colander overnight in the refrigerator, or place in a sealed bag and run cold water over top.
  • Don’t overcook your shrimp which toughens them.  The ideal temperature is 120 F when they become pink and opaque.  If they curl up they’re overcooked.
  • Devein your shrimp before cooking.  There’s nothing wrong with eating the digestive tract, but it isn’t appealing!
  • Do you leave the shells on or off during cooking?   For grilling for sure.  The shells protect the shrimp from intense dry heat and keep their shape.