How to Cook Shrimp

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Shrimp is still the most popular seafood in America. Almost all shrimp are processed and frozen at sea. Buy shrimp that are still frozen, with their shells on; then, follow these simple steps to ensure a safe and tasty meal!

Things You'll Need

  • Colanders
  • Salt
  • Tongs
  • Large Cooking Pots
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juices
  • 1 to 2 lbs. raw shrimp
  • Grand Prix II Chef's Knives
  • Shell and devein the shrimp before cooking, if you like (see Related eHows for instructions).

  • To cook a pound of shrimp, bring two quarts of water to a boil.

  • Salt the water lightly. You can also add some lemon juice, if desired.

  • Shut off the heat and pour the shrimp in the water all at once.

  • Let them steep about 3 to 5 minutes, or until done. Shrimp are best when cooked gently.

  • Check by cutting one in half. If its flesh is opaque throughout, it's done.

  • Remove them from the cooking water immediately.

Tips & Warnings

  • Quickly boiling or poaching shrimp is the most common method, but shrimp can be cooked virtually any way: in a skillet with butter or oil, in a fryer, on a barbecue grill, in a steamer, or in a hot oven.
  • Shrimp overcook quickly and become very tough. Medium shrimp (2 or 3 inches long) only take about 2 minutes to cook; larger shrimp take 3 to 5 minutes.
  • Cook shrimp in their shells, if possible. The shells protect the delicate meat as it cooks and add some flavor. Shell and devein them after cooking.
  • Add cooked shrimp to hot dishes only at the very end of the cooking time so they won't continue cooking.
  • Be careful to avoid overcooking the shrimp or they will toughen and lose flavor.


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