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How to Cook Shrimp in Pan and Impress Your Dinner Guests

Updated on March 2, 2010

When it comes to cooking, you can easily impress your dinner guests if you have prepared a well thought meal. Among the dishes which are being prepared when there is a party is shrimp. There are actually several ways you can cook shrimp. You can either boil it, steam, broil, bake, fry, or grill shrimp. The cooking method for shrimp will depend on the dish you are going to prepare though.

Before cooking shrimp, there are some things you need to do:

1.      Defrost shrimp. Thaw shrimp by placing them inside the refrigerator and allow them to defrost around 12 to 24 hours. If you are in a hurry, you can also place the shrimp inside a pot containing cold water.

2.      Shelling. There are some dishes which will require you to remove shell of the shrimp before they are cooked and there are also others which are preferred to be removed after cooking. The process of shelling starts with the head. After that, the legs need to be pulled of gently. While removing the shell throughout the body of the shrimp, the tail needs to be held onto. This will then leave the tail and a small bottom part intact.

3.      Devein the intestine of the shrimp. After the shell of the shrimp is removed, a shallow cut lengthwise needs to be done on the outer curve of the body of the shrimp. There will then be a dark string running along the back of the shrimp. This is called the intestine of the shrimp.

4.      Butterfly cut. There are some dishes which require to cut the shrimp in butterfly cut. After peeling, the outer curve needs to be cut starting from the tail onto the front. This process needs to be carefully repeated so that a small portion of the meat is left intact.

5.      Rinse before cooking.


There are some health hazards regarding shrimp. When defrosting, the meat should never be placed in hot water, a warm oven or even inside a microwave. Also, there are a lot of people who get allergic reactions to shrimp. Before serving shrimp to your guests, find out first if they are allergic to it or not.

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