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Re: Frozen Shrimp...

Has anyone ever used the frozen shrimp or other seafood products that come prepackaged in the grocery store? I would love to make an attempt at grilling some shrimp, but fresh shrimp are hard to come by where I live...

Thanks, -Josh
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Location: Jasper, Georgia

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  • Look for the point of origin and then make your decision.
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  • AcnAcn Posts: 377

    Look for the point of origin and then make your decision.

    I agree with this. I have some in my freezer right now and they're perfectly fine if getting fresh is tough.

    Also, make sure they're raw; often you'll see precooked and frozen and over found that heating those up usually makes them rubbery.

    LBGE

    Pikesville, MD

  • BotchBotch Posts: 2,359
    Frozen is fine (in fact the only way you can get true fresh shrimp is from the docks).  
    I like the individually-frozen shrimp, as I can add just a handful to soups, salads, etc and not have to thaw out (and then use) the entire block.  
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  • I used to work in a seafood market. I also lived 10 min from a place that had fresh shrimp year round.

    I almost always prefer frozen shrimp.

    99% of all shrimp in restaurants are frozen.
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  • Ok, that makes me feel alot better... What is the correct way to defrost? Of the top of my head, I would probably put in a bowl of water in the fridge. Any better suggestions? 
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  • We've used frozen shrimp - the one you've pictured. Raw, tail on, sized 16-21 (larger and stay on the grids better). SWMBO is not a seafood lover, we might go through two bags a year. Fresh coldwater shrimp are something quite different, buy when it is available and Foodsaver it, I treat shrimp like blueberries, flash freeze on a cookie sheet, then vac pack them. Smaller, but at least I know where they came from.
    @Austin_Egghead - makes a good point, look for the point of origin. Thai or Asian shrimp are often farmed and many of the pits are on questionably reclaimed industrial land leeching who know what. The labour is often virtual slave labour - hence cheap shrimp/prawn. Your call.  
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  • billyraybillyray Posts: 1,113
    We use the 21-25 count, peeled and deveined tail on from Costco. Thaw for 15 minutes in a bowl with tap water. Pat dry. I make a marinade of 1/4 cup EVOO, 1 tsp kosher salt, 1 tsp granulated garlic, 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper and 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper. Add the shimp and mix to coat the shrimp, cover and refridgerate for 1 hour. Pre soak wooden skewers, I put 5 on a skewer in a C pattern. Cook 2-3 minutes a side on high heat until opaque. Delicious!!
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  • That looks delicious! I will definitely add that recipe to my list of things to try. I want to attempt to blacken them first. So many choices and only three meals a day!!!

    Thanks,
    -Josh
    LBGE April 2011 • SBGE December 2012 •  XLBGE December 2013
    Location: Jasper, Georgia
  • I've always preferred fresh shrimp.  It seems to me that the texture changes a bit after it's frozen, then thawed.  Also, I can tell how fresh the shrimp is when peeling them.  That said, I will buy frozen shrimp when necessary.  However, I won't buy "previously frozen" shrimp, then freeze it again.
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  • I use Publix brand frozen shrimp all the time. 
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  • Easy to thaw. Just put them in a bowl and run cold tap water over them. You don't have to have it running heavy, just enough to keep the water in the bowl circulating. They will be thawed in no time.
    NW IOWA
  • Philly35 said:

    Easy to thaw. Just put them in a bowl and run cold tap water over them. You don't have to have it running heavy, just enough to keep the water in the bowl circulating. They will be thawed in no time.

    Do what he said
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  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,255
    I buy the frozen Costco and just thaw them in cold water for a few minutes. Then I soak them in coconut oil, coconut rum, cilantro, lime juice, maybe some garlic, then saute in a skillet with some shredded coconut in there. Any excuse to eat coconut. And shrimp.
    Dunedin, FL
  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,259
    I buy the frozen Costco shrimp and put them in a bowl with kosher sea salt to defrost.
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  • BotchBotch Posts: 2,359
    Reading through this thread, I have a question.
    On another recent thread everyone had me convinced that all sushi-grade fish is previously frozen, to kill parasites.  But now, here, it's sounding like fresh, never-frozen shrimp are available.
     
    Is that the case, or am I missing something here?  
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  • Botch said:
    Reading through this thread, I have a question.
    On another recent thread everyone had me convinced that all sushi-grade fish is previously frozen, to kill parasites.  But now, here, it's sounding like fresh, never-frozen shrimp are available.
     
    Is that the case, or am I missing something here?  
    :-??
    It probably depends on where you live.  On the Gulf coast, fresh shrimp is readily available, and is usually sold with shell on, deheaded.
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  • Botch said:

    Reading through this thread, I have a question.

    On another recent thread everyone had me convinced that all sushi-grade fish is previously frozen, to kill parasites.  But now, here, it's sounding like fresh, never-frozen shrimp are available.
     
    Is that the case, or am I missing something here?  
    :-??
    It depends on your location. In Tallahassee, 45 min from the coast, all the high end restaurants sold previously frozen tuna for sushi. On occasion, our market would get some good fresh stuff and they would use that. Fresh is better but frozen is more consistently good.
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  • I have used the frozen shrimp many times and they work just fine !!!
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  • AviatorAviator Posts: 1,429
    I always have frozen shrimp in the freezer in separate ziplocks in appropriate portion sizes. It is the easiest and fastest flesh you can thaw and makes a meal in a jiffy.

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  • Larger trawlers are now freezer boats. The individual shrimp are headed and then individually quick frozen. This makes it easy to thaw only the number of shrimp needed for a meal. These boats frequently use a seafood processor's dock and are obligated to buy fuel and ice from the dock and sell their catch to the processor in return for free docking.
    Cast netters and smaller ice boats sometimes retail shrimp with heads on. If the head comes off too easily, the shrimp are a few days old. They also sell tails at a higher price.
    Road side vendors can be anything. Buyer beware.
    Shrimp are boiling tonight (wild caught GA shrimp, but frozen unfortunately)
    Bob
  • beteezbeteez Posts: 268
    Always buy wild caught domestic shrimp, just about all are frozen at sea. I buy at the dock most of the times they have been frozen. Do not waste your money on the farm raised crap.
  • rconercone Posts: 90
    Trader Joe's IQF shrimp are the only frozen shrimp I have found that are not treated with something during freezing and packaging....tasty and reasonably priced.
    Fat is tasty, everything else is filler.

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