7 Ways With Fresh Shrimp
See how to cook fresh shrimp in a variety of ways and how to showcase this popular seafood in different recipes inlcuding appetizers and salads to main dishes and stews.
Story by Maureen Callahan, Photo: Randy Mayor; Cooking Light
Straight from the Sea
Shrimp are so versatile and quick cooking, you could call them the ocean's pasta. They can be prepared dozens of ways, from sautéed to fried, and served with dipping sauces, in salads, or over risotto. Buy them fresh from the market and bring beach flavor to your back porch.
Mixed Seafood RisottoAdd each of the ingredients to this succulent dish slowly to ensure that the flavors meld seamlessly. Anchovy fillets add a hint of salt that complements the sweet, but light dry white wine sauce.
Ceviche de Camaron (Shrimp Ceviche Cocktail)While traditional ceviche would offer raw fish "cooked" with citrus juices, this chilled shrimp cocktail is fully cooked. Poach shrimp in a lime juice and water mixture, then combine with hot sauce, cilantro, olive oil, and ketchup and chill before serving to create the Mexican-inspired "cocktail."
Gulf Coast Seafood StewServe a stew that really lets the light flavor of the shrimp, oysters, and crab shine. Fresh garlic, tomatoes, okra, celery, and green onion add bright color and a tasty crunch to the dish. Add a crusty roll on the side for dipping.
Coconut Crab and Shrimp SaladServe a hearty dinner salad that doubles as an appetizer dip. Lump crabmeat, avocado, and toasted, sweetened coconut lend tropical flavor to this summery dish. Serve with pitas for dipping or over lettuce as a main dish.
Shrimp Sautéed with Fresh Tomatoes, Wine, and BasilWhen shrimp, scallops, and fish are fresh, you'll want to keep pasta sauces light so they won't overwhelm the seafood's delicate flavor. Sauté brined shrimp with oil in garlic and onions, then add tomato, black pepper, and fresh basil for a refreshing dinner that's light on the stomach and big on flavor.
Cajun Shrimp CasseroleBake a casserole packed with the flavors of the Louisiana Bayou. Cayenne pepper, okra, and a rainbow of colorful bell peppers add heat and crunch to this creamy dish. Double the recipe and freeze one casserole for later.
Breaded Shrimp with Honey-Mustard SauceOven-fry shrimp to give them a crisp bite. Before baking, dredge in panko, garlic powder, and onion powder. Serve with a tangy Dijon mustard and honey sauce for dipping.
Shrimp and GritsOne bite of this creamy, classic southern shrimp dish and you will be hooked. This company-worthy recipe is full of flavor and spice, perfect for brunch or as a main dish.
How-To Video: Preparing Fresh ShrimpJulia Rutland, Food Editor at Coastal Living, shows you how to peel. Devein, and butterfly fresh shrimp.
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