Sunday, December 24, 2006

How To Boil Shrimp

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.

I like (require) real Florida datil pepper sauce with my seafood. Pictured above is a dish of my Mom's homemade datil pepper sauce. That's a recipe to come here on Pure Florida Food, but in the meantime, Dat'l Do-it sauce from my hometown of St. Augustine is a tastey substitute alternative if you're not on my Mom's sauce list.Posted by Picasa


pissed off patricia said...

Do you ever add a can of beer to the water that you use to boil the shrimp. We do :)

This is my favorite meal, boiled shrimp, tossed salad and garlic bread. Add one bottle of good white wine and I'll follow you any where :)

Floridacracker said...

That's all you need. I agree with your choices completely.

I'll try the beer in the water!

O'Leno Girl said...

Boil shrimp two minutes. Then in a skillet mix half olive oil, half butter (about 1/2 cup total for 1 & 1/2 lbs. shrimp) and add lots of coarse garlic powder, dried oregano and fresh squeezed lemon or lime. Let this slowly melt together and flavors get acquainted. Toss in shrimp and saute 1 minute. Serve with crispy Publix Chicago Rolls and a crisp green greek style salad. How to eat: Pick up shrimp and suck off garlicky oil, peel and dip in oil again! Heaven! Dip crispy bread in garlicky oil for easy garlic bread!

Floridacracker said...

Oleno Girl,
That sounds perfect!

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R said...

Wheres your mom's sauce list?

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