Cooking Fresh Shrimp

Did you know that Americans consume more than 650 million pounds of shrimp each year -- 2.5 pounds per each man, woman, and child? We've pulled together some tasty recipes for fresh shrimp, shrimp nutrition information, and pro tips on how to cook fresh shrimp for the ranks of people who love shrimp.

Cooking Fresh Shrimp

Shrimp Nutrition Information
Fresh Vs. Frozen Shrimp - Whats the Difference?
How to Cook Fresh or Frozen Shrimp - Pro Tips
Recipes for Fresh Shrimp
Shop for Fresh Shrimp

Shrimp Nutrition Information

Shrimp is a type of shellfish low in calories and high in certain nutrients. A 3-ounce (85-gram) serving of shrimp contains:

Calories: 84
Protein: 18 grams
Vitamin B12: 21 percent Recommended Daily Allowance (RDI)
Iron: 15 percent RDI
Niacin: 11 percent RDI
Zinc: 9 percent RDI
Magnesium: 7 percent RDI
Selenium: 48 percent RDI
Phosphorus: 12 percent RDI

Fresh Vs. Frozen Shrimp - Whats the Difference? carries fresh shrimp as well as frozen shrimp. Our fresh shrimp is sustainably harvested and shipped immediately to your door, following protocol to retain freshness during shipping. Our frozen shrimp is kept frozen onsite until it is purchased for delivery. Whether fresh or frozen, our shrimp is produced and handled sustainably to retain the highest- quality flavor and consistency. Since the process of freezing and thawing causes shrimp to retain, then thaw, excess water, this can affect the shrimps texture unless you prepare the shrimp properly. We've provided a few easy-to-follow instructions for how to cook fresh and frozen shrimp below.

How to Cook Fresh or Frozen Shrimp - Pro Tips

Here are our pro tips on how to cook fresh or frozen shrimp:

Special Tips for Frozen Shrimp:

  • To thaw frozen shrimp, first place a strainer atop a large bowl. Place the frozen shrimp in the strainer and refrigerate. This setup allows the shrimp to thaw without being submerged, which protects the shrimps texture.
  • After the shrimp thaw completely, sautee them quickly on high heat for two minutes without stirring. Then, stir quickly and cook for another minute. Remove from heat and set aside; now the shrimp are ready for your recipe. This method releases frozen shrimps flavor and juices.

Tips for Fresh or Frozen Shrimp:

  • Whether fresh or frozen, refrigerate the shrimp immediately when it arrives at your house.
  • Consume fresh or thawed shrimp within two days, since seafood spoils faster than other types of meat.
  • To devein shrimp, use a paring knife to make a slit longways along the back of the shrimp. Run the shrimp under running water and use your finger to remove the "vein" (the shrimp's digestive tract, which is black in color). You can devein before or after cooking, but if you dont want your guests to devein the shrimp themselves, unshell the shrimp and devein before cooking.
  • Peeled or unpeeled? It depends on your recipe. If youre using hot, dry cooking methods like baking or grilling, leaving the shells on to retain flavor and moisture. We've included peeled and unpeeled options in the recipes below.
  • Keep the shells! Shrimp shells are loaded with flavor and can be used to make broths and other bases.

Fresh Shrimp Recipes

Recipes for Fresh Shrimp

The following recipes for fresh shrimp work well for fresh or frozen shrimp. If you use frozen shrimp, be sure to follow the guidelines above on proper thawing and cooking.

Spicy Pan-Roasted Shrimp

Two small bowls
Large skillet
Slotted spoon

1 lb large fresh shrimp in the shell (or about 1 lb frozen, cleaned shrimp, defrosted)
cup thinly-sliced scallions
2 tsp Dijon-style mustard
4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
3 Tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
6 Tbsp cold butter
3 Tbsp chicken broth
1 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp dried thyme
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Peel and devein the shrimp. Set aside.
  2. In one of the small bowls, combine the mustard, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, cayenne, cumin, chili powder, and thyme. Set aside.
  3. Heat the large skillet over medium-high heat. Add three tablespoons of the butter. When almost melted, add the broth, shrimp, salt, and pepper.
  4. Cook the shrimp mixture until the shrimp are half-cooked (about two minutes).
  5. Stir in the mustard mixture. Cook until fully cooked (about three minutes; the shrimp will be white throughout when cooked completely). Remove from heat.
  6. Use the slotted spoon to remove the shrimp and place in the second small bowl.
  7. Cut the remaining butter into small pieces.
  8. Reheat the skillet over medium-high heat. When the liquid is simmering, sprinkle the butter pieces over the surface of the liquid. Then, swirl the skillet so that the butter is absorbed. Turn off the heat.
  9. Grind in a generous amount of black pepper and add salt to taste.
  10. Stir in the scallions and shrimp, but do not cook further.
  11. Serve hot!

Shrimp Scampi Bake

Small saucepan
Shallow baking dish

2 lb medium-sized fresh shrimp, shelled (with tails left attached), deveined
1 Tbsp chopped garlic
1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
2 Tbsp prepared Dijon-style mustard
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 cup butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Heat the small saucepan over medium heat and combine the mustard, lemon juice, butter, garlic, and parsley. When the butter melts completely, remove from heat and set aside.
  3. Place the shrimp in the baking dish, and pour the butter mixture over the shrimp.
  4. Bake at 450 degrees until the shrimp are opaque and pink (about 12 to 15 minutes).
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Cajun Shrimp Gumbo

Medium-sized skillet
Large saucepan

1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup skinless, boneless chicken breasts, chopped
lb pork sausage links, thinly sliced
1 sweet onion, sliced
2 Tbsp minced garlic
6 stalks celery, diced
4 plum tomatoes, diced
1 (10-ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chile peppers, with liquid
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
2 Tbsp chopped fresh red chile peppers
1 cup all-purpose flour
3 quarts chicken broth
1 (12-ounce) can or bottle beer
Olive oil, separated into 3 Tbsp and 1 cup
cup Cajun seasoning


  1. In the medium-sized skillet, heat three tablespoons of the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken. Cook until the chicken is white throughout.
  2. Stir in the sausage. Cook until the sausage is evenly browned.
  3. Remove from heat. Then, drain the chicken-sausage mixture and set aside.
  4. In the large saucepan, prepare the roux mixture by heating 1 cup olive oil over medium-heat. Immediately add the flour. Cook the mixture, stirring constantly, until it is browned and bubbly. Then, stir in the garlic. Cook for about one minute.
  5. Gradually stir in the chicken broth and beer to the roux mixture. When the mixture is well-combined, bring it to a boil.
  6. Add the celery, onion, tomatoes, peppers, parsley, and seasoning.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 40 minutes, stirring frequently.
  8. Add the sausage-chicken mixture and the shrimp. Cook 20 minutes, stirring frequently.
  9. Serve and enjoy!

Margarita Grilled Shrimp

Large bowl
Plastic wrap
Grill, with oil for the grill grate

1 lb fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
3 Tbsp olive oil
3 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
2 cloves garlic, minced
Bottle of tequila, with 2 tsp portioned out
tsp cayenne pepper
tsp salt
4 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes


  1. In the bowl, prepare the margarita marinade by stirring together the shrimp, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, olive oil, cayenne pepper, salt, and two teaspoons of tequila. Cover with the plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Prepare the grill by lightly oiling the grate. Then, preheat the grill to high heat.
  3. When the grill is hot, remove the shrimp from the marinade mixture and place on skewers.
  4. Place on the grill and drizzle the remaining margarita marinade over the shrimp.
  5. Grill the shrimp until they turn pink, about three minutes per side.
  6. Serve with tequila shots!

Bacon-Wrapped Broiled Shrimp

Large jelly roll baking pan
Heavy-duty tin foil

16 large fresh shrimp, peeled and deveined
8 slices bacon
Barbeque seasoning, to taste


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Cut each strip of bacon in half long-ways.
  3. Wrap each shrimp with a bacon slice, securing with a toothpick. Set aside.
  4. Line the baking pan with the foil. Then, place the baking rack in the pan. This setup allows you to catch the bacon fat in the pan without submerging the shrimp. The aluminum lining makes clean-up a breeze; just remove after cooking and recycle.
  5. Place the shrimp skewers on the baking rack. Then, sprinkle each side of each skewer with seasoning.
  6. Bake until the bacon is crisp and the shrimp are tender (about 10 to 15 minutes).
  7. When the skewers are finished baking, remove them from the baking pan.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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