Looking for a helping hand when it comes to whipping up a delicious dish? Try our quick and easy cooking tips and make your kitchen a little more coastal.

Is cooking shrimp really that easy?

Many people tell us they are intimidated by the thought of cooking shrimp, but really shrimp is one of the quickest and easiest proteins to prepare. Almost any cooking method will work for shrimp - sautéing, grilling, baking, steaming etc. And because shrimp are small they cook very quickly making them a great choice even on your busiest days. Shrimp are naturally flavorful and delicious on their own but they are also so versatile and go well with so many sauces and seasonings. If you are still feeling nervous about cooking shrimp yourself let SeaPak help you out. Our shrimp are already perfectly seasoned and prepared with simple cooking instructions right on the carton so they turn out tasty and perfect every time.

Do I want to cook shrimp slowly or quickly?

The key to good shrimp is to cook it quickly. Unlike meat, shrimp does not need to be tenderized by cooking. In fact, the longer you cook it, the tougher it gets. That's why it is best to begin cooking shrimp in a pre-heated pan.

How do you know when shrimp is fully cooked?

Shrimp should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 ºF. They will become an opaque whitish color when fully cooked.

What is the best way to sauté shrimp?

Place shrimp into a pre-heated pan. Stir shrimp often over a medium-high heat until fully cooked. (Cooking time can vary depending on the size of the shrimp and exact temperature of the pan.) They cook quickly, so make sure you keep a close eye on them. Shrimp will become tough if you over cook them.

Is it a good idea to grill shrimp?

Absolutely – the smoky flavor adds great taste to any shrimp dish. You can skewer the shrimp horseshoe-style (skewering the head and the tail so that it curves around in a U-shape) or place shrimp in a grilling pan on the grill. Keep the shrimp about 4 inches above the flame. Grill until opaque and moist on the inside turning about halfway through. Shrimp cook very quickly on the grill and can be prepared in minutes.

What does shrimp count mean?

It's all about shrimp size. Shrimp count is the number of a particular size shrimp it takes to make a pound. 16-20 count shrimp means that there are 16-20 of that sized shrimp in a pound.

How do you make shrimp flip off the pan the way you see chefs do it?

It certainly takes practice, but it's an excellent way to keep shrimp cooking evenly. The secret is to push the pan away from you then pull it back quickly to slide the shrimp to the edge of the pan. Done correctly, the shrimp will slide up the edge of the pan and flip back into the center.

What types of wines go best with shrimp?

Wine and shrimp are excellent together, but choosing the best wine depends on the type of shrimp dish you are preparing.

- Bold, complex wines are best for simple sautéed or grilled shrimp dishes. Select a dry white like a Riesling or Sauvignon Blanc.
- For smoky barbecue shrimp dishes, choose something fruity like a white zinfandel or even reds like Pinot Noir or Merlot.
- For shrimp with richer white or butter sauces, pair with a smooth Chardonnay.

How long will shrimp last?

If you've made a spectacular shrimp dish, the last thing you want to do is throw away the leftovers. If you store it properly, shrimp will last up to two days in the refrigerator. Place shrimp in a small container within an hour of cooking and store it in the coldest part of the refrigerator. Your perfect dish will be ready for an encore.

Why is shrimp so good with everything?

Shrimp is America’s favorite seafood for a reason – it is delicious! Some people think shrimp is hard to cook. The fact is, it's one of the easiest seafoods you will ever prepare. Shrimp requires a very short cooking time and is almost foolproof, if you know a few secrets.
One of the best secrets is using SeaPak Shrimp. We make it easy to prepare fantastic shrimp meals because we do the hard part for you, by selecting the very best shrimp and adding a variety of unique and flavorful seasonings. The rest is your own inspiration. So have fun and eat well!