5 East Tips For Cooking Shrimps

Shrimp recipes nearly always make the list of favorite seafood recipes at top restaurants around the world. For the amateur chef, cooking shrimp doesn’t require much work to achieve the best results. After so many requests in our contact form section, I am sharing with you guys today how to cook shrimps.

Expert chefs will tell you that the most common mistake is overcooking the shrimp. Shrimp cooks faster than you’d think. Depending on the size of the shrimp, you’ll rarely need more than 2-3 minutes per side on the grill.

Cooking Shrimps

To make the best shrimp, follow these simple guidelines when purchasing and preparing these tasty crustaceans.

1) Purchase Raw Shrimp:

Cooked shrimp are pink. Raw, either frozen or fresh, will produce better results. Cooking shrimp that are pre-cooked will yield tough, chewy results.

2) Go Big or Go Home:

For the best results on grilled shrimp recipes, get the large or extra large shrimp. Smaller shrimp are more difficult to skewer and less impressive on the plate.

3) How to Thaw:

Thaw frozen shrimp under cold water. They’ll thaw faster than you think. If they haven’t been deveined, make a small incision on the back towards the tail and remove the digestive tract that runs the length of the shrimp.

4) Shells:

The same shell that protects a live shrimp can protect them on the grill. Cooking shrimp with the shell on helps retain extra moisture.

5) Dry them:

Pat your shrimp dry with a paper towel. Since most of our wonderful marinades will include oils, we need to remove excess water from oil and water mix like…well, oil and water.

You have your shrimp cooked. Serve Hot, or use within another recipe.

Rosemary Grilled Shrimp Recipe

The star of the meal was the head-on jumbo shrimp.  That’s tough with a fresh pepper sauce and sea bass fighting for the headline item.  When buying them, how big do they need to be?  Well, we went big on our shrimp. If you liked our shrimp pasta recipe then you will also love this one.

Rosemary Grilled Shrimp Recipe

Grilled Shrimp Recipe:

  • 2 absolutely gorgeous lobster sized full shrimp, cleaned, de-nasty
  • 3 cloves roasted garlic
  • 3 glugs olive oil
  • 2-3 sprigs rosemary
  • juice of one lemon

Sea Bass Preparation:

  • 2 Sea Bass fillets
  • 2 t Garlic Powder
  • 2 t Paprika
  • 1 T fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 T fresh thyme, finely chopped
  • 1-2 glugs olive oil

Pepper Sauce:

  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 Yellow Pepper
  • 1 Shallot, diced
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Jalapeno, diced
  • 2 glugs Olive Oil
  • 1 slow glug Honey
  • 2 glugs White Wine
  • 1 t Red Pepper Flakes
  • Sea Salt & Pepper to Taste

Shrimp Cooking Directions:

With the cleaned shrimp, add the pieces of rosemary to the spine of the shrimp.  Add the garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper as a marinade.  When ready to grill, turn twice, approximately 4-5 minutes per side or until opaque all the way through.

Sea Bass Directions:

Season the sea bass in the garlic, paprika, parsley, thyme, and olive oil.  Salt & pepper to taste.  Lightly oil grill grate. Grill fish for 7 minutes, then turn.  Continue cooking for 7 minutes, or until easily flaked with a fork. Drizzle with olive oil before serving.

Pepper Sauce:

Grill or blacken the peppers.  Place in a bag or covered bowl for approximately 5 minutes to allow the skins to peel. Peel and remove seeds.  Blend the roasted peppers, diced shallots, garlic, olive oil, honey, white wine, red pepper, salt, and pepper until smooth.

Plating:

Pour a small circle of the Pepper Sauce, place Sea Bass in middle and lean the Shrimp across your Sea Bass.

Shrimp Pasta Recipe with Orzo

If you like the shrimps this is the perfect recipe for you, the recipe is made with shrimps with a little touch of Orzo that tastes good.
 Shrimp Pasta Recipe with Orzo

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb Orzo
  • 1 lb large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1 medium zucchini, halved
  • 1 small yellow squash
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 3T Oregano
  • 1T Basil
  • 2T Parsley
  • 2T Olive Oil
  • 1/4 c White Wine
  • 1/4 c freshly grated parmesan(or any other brand)
  • 1t Red Pepper Flakes (or to taste)
  • 1T Capers (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Heat a large saute pan or wok temperature.  Add the oil.
  3. Saute the garlic and onion for about two minutes.  Add the white wine, oregano, parsley, and basil, one minute.
  4. Add the zucchini and yellow squash to the wok, add the orzo to the boiling water.
  5. Work the wine for 8-10 minutes adding the tomatoes midway through.
  6. Boil the orzo for 10 minutes.  Drain.
  7. Add the shrimp to the wok, 4-5 minutes or until opaque.
  8. Serve the shrimp and vegetable mixture over the orzo, top with freshly grated parmesan.

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