10 Shrimp-tacular Dinners
Shrimp is one of those ingredients that most of us never tire of—its subtle sweetness and fresh, briny flavor pair well with a wide range of flavor combinations, which makes it easy to create a diverse playbook of recipes.
We’ve rounded up ten of our favorite shrimp recipes, all of them designed to deliver maximum shrimp flavor. From rich, buttery, garlicky shrimp scampi to Cajun shrimp with a kick, these recipes are all about bringing out the best in shrimp. At left, Lemon-Garlic Marinated Shrimp combines flavors that bring out the delicate sweetness of the seafood.
A few quick tips when you’re buying shrimp. Frozen isn’t a bad choice, since most shrimp is frozen right after it’s caught to preserve freshness. (What you see in your fishmonger’s display is likely just thawed shrimp that were previously frozen.)
Look for packages free of freezer burn, and feel the bag—there shouldn’t be any big lumps, which suggests the shrimp are stuck together after being kept at varying temperatures. Bigger is usually better when it comes to these shellfish, so if you can afford it, splurge on larger shrimp. Since they’re sold by count (the number of shrimp per pound) that means a smaller number is better. Aim for 21/25 if you want good-sized shrimp on the plate.
Say no to takeout—this flavorful lo mein, full of pea pods, cabbage, carrots, and scallions, is easy to create in your own kitchen
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