I have overcooked shrimp for a long time. I thought that they were supposed to taste like little rubber tires! I guess I finally learned how to cook them properly a year or so ago. I will let you in on my little secret.
Living in the Florida Keys I have a ton of fresh shrimp available to me. If you live near the water, OR you live near a nice seafood market you can trust I highly suggest picking up some fresh shrimp. How do you know it’s fresh? It will smell clean with a hint of the ocean. If it smells like bleach or off, do not buy it! You can always ask your fish monger to smell the product. I know it sounds weird but I have been burned by a lot of seafood markets. You get home to find you have rotten shrimp. NOT COOL. If you can’t buy fresh shrimp, buy wild frozen shrimp. Any wild shrimp will do.
Prepping shrimp is easy. If you are using frozen make sure you thaw it out completely before using.
- Peel shrimp. I take everything off including the tail.
- Take a sharp knife and run it gently along the top of the shrimp.
- Remove the sand vein (it’s pink or clear) and the dark colored vein (the poopy vein).
- Give shrimps a quick rinse.
Now you have shelled and deveined shrimp. All ready to cook.
In a large saute pan add 1 tbsp of coconut oil. You could use extra virgin olive oil, but it burns at a high temperature. Coconut oil gives the shrimp a lovely light taste.
Warm the coconut oil over a 5/6 medium heat pan.
While the oil is heating up, season shrimp. I just use sea salt and pepper.
Now you are ready! Add shrimp carefully to the hot pan.
Now this part is important. You only want to cook the shrimp 2-3 minutes on each side. TIME it.
After 2-3 minutes, carefully flip shrimp over so the other side can cook for another 2-3 minutes. Pull from heat immediately.
Serve on a bed of pasta, a salad or eat them plain. They are fantastic. Plump, juicy, and cooked perfectly. If you want to jazz it up add cilantro or lime after it’s cooked!
I promise once you cook them like this you will never overcook another shrimp again!