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Did you know that shrimp is the most popular seafood in America?! Shrimp is a versatile, healthy option that works great in all sorts of recipes. When you go to the store, it seems like there are a lot of different types of shrimp. It can be confusing trying to figure out which type to use! You’re in luck; we’ve got a guide to shrimp right here for you!

Frozen or Fresh:

We recommend frozen shrimp because it’s affordable, easy to cook, and lasts longer. Frozen shrimp can last up to 3 months in the freezer. Most major grocery stores carry a variety of shrimp. You’ll get more shrimp for your dollar if you choose frozen as well. Shrimp cook in minutes, and the thawing time does not take long either. Fresh shrimp can be harder to find, and the keep time is only 3 days. You can buy frozen shrimp already peeled and deveined and even with the tail already removed! Most fresh shrimp have the shell on, so you have to peel and devein the shrimp yourself.

Deveined or Not Deveined:

Technically speaking, the “vein” of a shrimp isn’t actually a vein. Or at least not the kind of vein we think of when we hear the word. The brown vein-like line on the back of shrimp is the shrimp’s digestive tract. That may sound scary or gross, but any bacteria left in it will be destroyed during the cooking process. This means that it’s highly unlikely that you will get sick if you choose to leave the vein in. You really shouldn’t even taste much of a difference aside from it possibly having a grittier texture. If you’re serving large shrimp, you may want to devein simply for presentation due to the veins being larger and more evident.  The decision to devein shrimp is ultimately up to your personal preference.



Size Guide:

**Disclaimer: The name of sizes on bags can vary depending on the brand and retailer, so it’s important to pay attention to the amount of shrimp in the bag rather than the actual label.

Health Benefits:

  • Hair loss: Shrimp, among other seafood, is a good source of zinc. Zinc deficiency is a strong contributor to hair loss so shrimp can help meet the zinc requirements that your body needs.
  • Cardiovascular disease: Shrimp possesses a fibrinolytic enzyme that helps bust clots in your body. This may benefit individuals that suffer from strokes or heart attacks and want additional help beyond medication.
  • Weight loss: Shrimp can help with your weight loss process. The iodine it contains can help boost metabolic rates. It also contains zinc, like previously mentioned, which helps improve leptin levels. Leptin is what helps your body understand when to stop consuming food, thus avoiding overeating.
  • Aging: Shrimp contains high levels of astaxanthin, which is an antioxidant that can greatly reduce the signs of your skin aging.
  • Calories: They are also low in calories. A dozen medium shrimp typically add up to less than 100 calories, making it less than a 3-ounce chicken breast.
  • Nutrition: Shrimp are primarily made up of protein and water, and contain little to no carbs even after being cooked.



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