Florida is blessed with an abundance of seafood, but if I had to pick my favorite, it would be these little crustaceans ... hands down.
There's as many ways to prepare shrimp as there are beaches in Florida. Some recipes are pretty complicated and I confess I avoid these. Please don't drown our delicately flavored shrimp in creamy goo. The idea is to actually taste the shrimp ... at least, that's always my plan.
The simplest way to eat shrimp ,short of sushi, is boiling or steaming. Boiled shrimp is an incredibly quick to prepare dish and so fun to eat.
Here's all there is to it:
Bring a large pot of water to a vigoruous boil.
Add your favorite spices (or nothing at all, they will still taste wonderful).
I usually add some Tony Cachere's cajun seasoning and a bay leaf to the water, but it's more from habit then neccesity.
Your shrimp should be headless, but no other prep is needed. Each diner gets to peel their own which is part of the fun.
Once the water is boiling like a witch's cauldron, add the shrimp and note the time. The most important thing with cooking shrimp is DO NOT OVERCOOK THEM!
In 3 minutes they should be pink and completely done. Talk about fast food!!
That's all there is too it.
Serve them with a cold drink, your favorite seafood sauce, and a huge tossed salad and you are in shrimpy heaven.