How to Cook Freshwater Shrimp


One of the most enjoyed delicacies of the world is shrimp. Not all shrimp start out as the flavorful choices we make in a restaurant. Freshwater shrimp are one of the least flavorful shrimp and overcooking can leave you with a not-so-tasty dish.

Things You'll Need

  • Large pot of boiling water
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Large Bowl
  • Water
  • Colander
  • Brown Paper Bag
  • Prepare the shrimp. Freshwater shrimp are very soft in texture and they have very little natural flavor. In order to make the most of these shrimp, place the shrimp in the large bowl and cover with cold water. Add 3 to 5 tablespoons of Old Bay seasoning and refrigerate for 3 to 4 hours.

  • Boil the water. Fill the large pot with water and place on the stove to boil. Adding a little salt to the water is not necessary as the Old Bay is heavy in the sale department.

  • Drain the water. After the shrimp have marinated, drain all of the water. Remove the heads of the shrimp (if still attached) and place back in the bowl.

  • Add shrimp to boiling water. After all of the heads have been removed, add the shrimp to the boiling water. Allow the shrimp to boil until they have reached a bright pink color. The cooking time will differ based on the size of the shrimp.

  • Drain and toss. After the shrimp are finished cooking, drain the excess water and place in your brown paper bag. Add more Old Bay, fold the bag closed and toss the shrimp in the Old Bay. Serve.

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