A delicious plate of freshly prepared, steaming-hot, plump and juicy shrimps is such a welcome treat. Who here wouldn’t love a tantalizing meal of perfectly cooked and aromatic shrimps – whether grilled, seared, sautéed, fried, BBQed, oven-baked or boiled?
Chilled or hot off the grill, shrimps add an unmistakable burst of delightful ocean flavours to any dish with a soft, almost al dente texture that would go great with anything. Shrimps are so good that you can have them by themselves, smothered in your favourite sauce, tossed in a salad, or just served cold! They even taste great in sushi rolls! Can you name any other sea creature that is as versatile?!
So now that we’ve underlined our love for shrimps, let’s talk about how best to cook these delightfully tasty crustaceans. Cooking shrimps can be tricky because they don’t need that long to be fully cooked all the way through. This is one of the main reasons why so many shrimp dishes out there are often undercooked or overcooked.
Searing or sautéing your shrimps on high heat for four minutes is actually the best way to retain their plump texture and freshness without them turning too soft or too stringy.
Here are our step-by-step directions on the best cooking method for your shrimp!
Firstly, we recommend using frozen shrimps from the best-frozen food in Denpasar– unless you can get live shrimp fresh from the sea, frozen is the way to go. Frozen shrimps preserve their succulent, shrimp-y flavour, and are most of the time, same-day fresh. This means that you won’t have to worry about your shrimp going bad until you thaw them just in time for your next meal.
Your shrimps should be de-veined – that’s the black line running along their spine, which is frankly, shrimp poop. You can use a toothpick to pick these out or a very sharp knife. Cutting along the back also gives you more surface area to work with, making it easier for you to tell if your shrimps are cooked or not.
If you don’t fancy doing that, don’t worry – all frozen shrimp meat from Puri Pangan Utama – the best food company in Bali, are already de-veined so you can skip this step while cooking!
Next, heat your pan or skillet with butter, olive oil or cooking oil on medium to high heat. Make sure your shrimps are all the same size and that they enter the pan at the same time. Spread them out in one layer across the bottom of the pan, so they’re all evenly exposed to the heated surface of the pan. It’s very important that you don’t pile your shrimps up on top of each other as this will prevent them from cooking evenly.
Leave your shrimps to cook for 1 to 2 minutes without touching them. While cooking, shrimps tend to stick to the surface of the pan but they will release naturally once the exterior is cooked, which means that you can now flip your shrimps onto the opposite side. Cooked shrimp will turn slightly orange. To make sure that the insides are cooked, look at the back of the shrimp, the thickest part on the opposite end of the tail. Once this part is no longer transparent, your shrimp is cooked.
Take them out immediately and transfer them onto a plate or mix up them with your preferred dish, whether pasta, salads or just on their own with your favourite spicy sauce or lemon sauce.
So there you go, now you have a plate of perfectly cooked, tasty and succulent, delicious, plump shrimps to enjoy!
Ready to start cooking? With fresh frozen shrimps from Puri Pangan Utama, the best grocery supplier online in Bali, you won’t ever go wrong. Impress yourself and your loved ones at any time with irresistible and perfectly cooked shrimp dishes that you can all enjoy.
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