It would be safe to say that shrimp is the “chicken” of seafood. This means that it’s considered as food that everyone likes by default, and we confirm this since we are yet to meet a shrimp hater.
Right now, it’s the holiday season which implies that the majority of the northern hemisphere is pretty cold and it’s not a great time for barbecuing outdoors. Most people are confined to their kitchens and are forced to find stovetop-friendly alternatives to their favorite grilled dishes.
Lucky for you, shrimp is a food that can be prepared in several delicious ways in the comfort of your home. If you’ve faced the dilemma of how to cook shrimp on a stove we are here to provide you with all the answers to this question that you will ever need.
Buying Shrimp: Fresh Vs. Frozen
One of the biggest concerns of a seafood lover is whether is it better to buy fresh or frozen shrimp? Well, get ready for a surprise – we belong to the frozen club, and let us tell you why.
Fresh shrimp that you find in your local supermarket is actually shrimp that’s been flash-frozen and then thawed before displaying. This means that it is actually less fresh than the one you’ll find in the freezer. Of course, if you’re fortunate enough to live in a coastal area and happen to know some fishermen who sell their daily catch, then the term “fresh” is justified, and you can buy it without any worries.
However, if you are a regular, supermarket customer, we advise you always to buy frozen since it is cheaper and more convenient to prepare. Frozen shrimp is often sold pre-peeled but can also be found in shells, and to save yourself some hassle go for the first option. Also, there are uncooked as well as precooked varieties and if you are to follow one of the recipes from this article purchase the uncooked one.
Preparing The Shrimp
Now that you’ve acquired your desired amount of shrimp let’s talk about the proper way to prepare it for cooking. Those who like to buy it pre-peeled can skip this section and move onto the cooking methods. On the other hand, people who like their shrimp shelled will need to peel it and let’s show you how.
1. Grab the legs of the shrimp and tear them off.
2. Remove the shell from the outer layer of the body.
3. Take a sharp knife and cut a line along the outer curve of the shrimp’s body.
4. Grasp the black vein with your index finger and thumb and tear it out.
5. Your shrimp is ready for cooking!
A few things to know:
● Shrimp can be cooked with or without the shell, so you do not need to pre-peel it if you do not wish to.
● Deveining is not necessary since the veins are not unhealthy, but most people prefer to do it.
Method 1: Boiling
Boiling might sound like an unfamiliar or strange way to prepare shrimp…if you’re not from the US south. Over there this is probably the most common method of doing this, and we assure you that the outcome is delicious. The methodology is very simple, and if you follow these few steps, you’ll have shrimp boiled to scrumptious perfection in no time.
1. Prepare the shrimp in the manner described in the previous section.
2. Leave them to sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before cooking.
3. Take a large pot and fill it with water completely. You want the shrimp to be fully immersed.
4. Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
5. Throw in your shrimp and, again, make sure that they are fully submerged.
6. Let them boil for about 1-2 minutes.
7. After that, remove the pot from the heat and cover it with the lid. Let the shrimp cook in hot
water for another 6-10 minutes, or until they turn pink.
8. Place a strainer in the sink and drain the shrimp.
9. Serve warm!
If you haven’t pre-peeled the shrimp let them cool off a bit and peel them before eating.
Method 2: Stir-frying
Another popular way of preparing shrimp on the stove is stir-frying. It’s quick, easy, and effective and could be a perfect option for those on in a hurry looking to whip up a quick lunch or dinner. All you need is a stovetop, a frying pan (non-stick is preferable but not necessary), and a little bit of oil. To stir-fry shrimp correctly, please follow the steps written below.
1. Prepare the shrimp in the manner we previously described in this article.
2. Heat up a pan over medium heat and place a tablespoon of oil or a generous chunk of
butter in it, and spread it evenly around the pan.
3. Carefully place the shrimp in a pan making sure that there is no overlapping.
4. Let it cook for about 2-3 minutes and then flip the shrimp to cook on the other side.
5. The shrimp is done when it is pink on the outside and white on the inside (not translucent).
6. Serve warm!
If you’ve to stir fried it with the shell still on, leave it to cool a bit and then peel before consuming.
Ways To Eat Shrimp
Shrimp is one of those foods that can be eaten in a number of different ways, so there is no doing-it-right-or-wrong in this case. In this section, we will give you a few ideas to serve as inspiration.
• White rice and steamed broccoli are a very simple, healthy and tasty combination. We
would recommend it along stir-fried rather than boiled shrimp.
• Boiled corn and potatoes with shrimp are a southern delicacy that takes a bit longer to prepare but is every bit worth it.
• Shrimp tacos! We’re not sure if they are actually a Mexican invention, but we love them nevertheless.
A true shrimp lover will make no excuses and find a way to prepare this food anytime, anyhow, anywhere. Even though we too are big advocates of grilled shrimp, sometimes it is just too much hassle to prepare it in this way. Stovetop cooking can be just as tasty, takes much less time, and will leave you with a belly full of goodness any day of the week. That’s all for today seafood enthusiasts until next time – have a pleasant meal!