How to Cook Tiger Shrimp

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How to Cook Tiger Shrimp
Tiger shrimp are best when cooked fresh. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

With distinct black stripes running across their backs, tiger shrimp grow up to 14-inches long and are the largest of the crustacean. Grazing on algae. the shrimp are not only popular but full of protein and low in fat, making them a healthy main meal choice. Always choose fresh shrimp over frozen to have the best flavour and texture in the meat. Cooking the shelled, fresh shrimp yourself is a way of adding healthy taste and protein to a meal.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 1.13 Kilogram fresh tiger shrimp
  • Large pot
  • 2 1/2 litres of water
  • 2 tbsp sea salt
  • Colander
  • Large bowl
  • Ice

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  1. 1

    Place the shrimp in the large bowl.

  2. 2

    Discard any shrimp whose shells are broken or slippery, discoloured in heads or shells, shrunken eyes, or have a strong ammonia smell.

  3. 3

    Pour the water in the large pot. Add the salt.

  4. 4

    Place the pot on the stove and bring it to a boil.

  5. 5

    Add the prawns to the water and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.

  6. 6

    Drain the prawns in the colander, situated in the sink.

  7. 7

    Fill the large bowl with ice and water, about 3/4 of the way up.

  8. 8

    Place the shrimp in the ice to cool them.

  9. 9

    Drain the shrimp and place them in the dishes you desire.

Tips and warnings

  • Shells can be taken off before placing the shrimp in the dish, but they will add less flavour.
  • Cook fresh shrimp within two days of purchasing them. Keep in the coldest part of the fridge.
  • The shrimp can also be cooked in sauces and soups, just ensure it is simmering before adding the crustaceans.

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