Cooking Shrimp

Cooking ShrimpYou can always go and enjoy a wonderful seafood dinner at your favorite seafood restaurant, but when it comes to preparing delicious seafood meals in the comfort of your home, cooking shrimp can be quite a daunting task, especially for the ones that haven’t had much experience in cooking and preparing seafood.

Here’s a mini guide with useful and easy to follow tips you can apply to cooking all sorts of shrimp: fried shrimp, grilled shrimp, baked shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp and many more:

· Buying the right shrimp

For your meal to taste as delicious as possible, you need to make sure to buy fresh, headless and unpeeled shrimp. If you are buying unpeeled shrimp you should buy about a 1/3 of a pound per serving, whereas if you choose peeled shrimp you only need 1/6 a pound per serving. Whatever quantity of unpeeled shrimp you decide to buy, always remember that it will amount to half that quantity when peeled and deveined (deveining is the process of removing the vein that runs from its tail to its head).

· Cleaning the shrimp

To maintain the flavor of shrimp, try to buy unpeeled shrimp and preserve it in cool conditions until you are ready to cook it. If you are out grocery shopping, make sure to buy shrimp last. The process of removing the shell and deveining the shrimp and seem quite complicated but here is a video that you can easily watch and learn how to clean the shrimp.

· Marinating the shrimp

Marinating shrimp assures that regardless of how you are going to cook it will have a juicy flavorful texture. Regardless of how much shrimp you can cook here is what you need to mix for your shrimp marinade:
1 small cup of olive oil
¼ of chopped parsley (fresh or dried)
the juice squeezed from a fresh lemon
minced garlic
salt and pepper
1 table spoon of tomato paste

Mix all the ingredients with your clean, peeled shrimp. Pour the marinade and the shrimp into a one use only resealable plastic bag and refrigerate for at least one hour.
Your shrimp is now ready to be grilled, fried or covered with a coconut breading for that delicious coconut shrimp.