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.