As someone who's short in stature, I'm familiar with the term "shrimp," though it's never intended to be flattering. But if you're truly a 10-footed swimming crustacean, being a shrimp places you on the A-list of seafood delicacies, enjoyed by both gourmets and casual munchers the world over. So elite, in fact, that they name a day just for you. To celebrate today's National Shrimp Day, we've gathered up 10 recipes that may be shrimpy in theme but are gargantuan in taste!
According to my bizarre food calendar, today is National Shrimp Day. I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to talk a little about America's favorite shellfish. Most of the shrimp consumed in the United States comes from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and the Gulf Coast. Generally speaking, the colder the water the smaller and more succulent the shrimp. Shrimp change color when you cook them due to a heat induced chemical change in their shells. Jumbo and colossal shrimp are referred to as prawns - although the prawn is actually a different species. Shrimp are available year round: shelled or unshelled, raw or cooked, fresh or frozen. Smell raw shrimp when purchasing it and look for an oceanside fragrance. Choose plump, juicy shrimp and rinse under cold water before tightly covering and refrigerating it. Shrimp can be used in a variety of dishes but classic shrimp cocktail is one of the best recipes to highlight the pure taste of fresh shrimp. For a simple appetizer recipe read more