When you can’t get to the beach, the next best thing is to enjoy a taste of it! We can’t think of a better way to do that than by preparing fresh shrimp. You don’t have to be a culinary whiz kid to use this succulent ingredient in your recipes. Traditional preparations including fried and low-country boils are still some of our favorites, but don’t limit yourself! This versatile ingredient can be easily prepared at least four other ways:
- Grilled shrimp: Yum! That’s what you’ll hear when you prepare this dish. Start with medium gulf shrimp, bamboo skewers and olive oil. Add your favorite spices to the olive oil, such as garlic and paprika. Toss the shrimp in the oil/spice mixture and slide them onto skewers. All they need is a couple of minutes on the grill! They make the perfect party food!
- Dusted shrimp: Like spicy foods? Then dust those shrimp with a variety of chile powders. Saute them with olive oil and serve with pasta and veggies. Seasonings like curry make good dustings, too.
- Marinated shrimp: If you have four to twenty-four hours, marinate those poached shrimp in a homemade or bottled citrus dressing. Shrimp pairs nicely with orange, lime and lemon. Serve over a crispy salad and provide some extra marinade on the side.
- Blackened shrimp: For this easy recipe, you will need a blackening seasoning. Toss the shrimp in some olive oil and sprinkle in the seasoning. Spread the shrimp in an oven-proof skillet and bake them or cook them on the stove top.
However you prepare your fresh shrimp, remember that it only takes a minute to prepare this succulent food. Enjoy them with dipping sauces or a light sprinkling of salt. Whether hot or cold, you can’t beat this tasty food.