Of all the ways to prepare shrimp, the grill is one of the best. You can save some time by buying already deveined and shelled shrimp, but we recommend shell-on shrimp because they are better quality. Depending on what is in your market and where you live, you may not have much choice.
Freshness trumps all, so do not hesitate to use your nose in deciding which shrimp to purchase. Quick cooking time and small size of shrimp are excellent complements to the high heat and big flavor of grilling. They are reason enough to bring back an old catchphrase and throw another shrimp on the grill tonight.
Things you should know about shrimp
Shrimp are almost on every menu. If you enjoy these crustaceans and you are a seafood lover, here are a few things you should know about shrimps.
They are low in calories: One medium shrimp contains about 8 calories, meaning that 10 shrimp add up to about 90 calories, roughly 16 less than a 3-ounce chicken breast.
They are rich in protein: Shrimp are primarily made of protein. 3-ounces of broiled or baked shrimp provide about 20 grams of protein, which is just a few grams less than the same amount of chicken breast.
They provide essential nutrients: Shrimp also provide a very impressive amount of nutrients. 4-ounces of steamed shrimp contain over 75% of the daily value for vitamin B12, over 30% of copper, iodine and choline, over 100% for selenium, and over 50% for phosphorous.
Shrimp fraud is common: According to a recent report, 30% of 150 shrimp products around the world were misrepresented. For example, farmed shrimp was sold as Gulf or wild. This means that you may be eating shrimp produced in a farm which uses fungicides, antibiotics, and other harmful chemicals.
Grilled Shrimp Recipe
- 4 cloves of garlic minced
- 1 ⁄2 cup of finely chopped fresh basil
- 1 cup of olive oil
- 1 ⁄2 teaspoon of hot sauce
- 2 tablespoons of vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
- 2 lbs of large raw shrimp peeled and deveined
- In the first step, combine all ingredients in a shallow dish, except shrimp, and mix well.
- Now, add shrimp and toss slowly to coat. In the next step, cover and marinate shrimp 2 to 3 hours in the refrigerator. Stir occasionally.
- Next, remove the shrimp from marinade and reserve marinade.
- At the end, place shrimp on skewers and grill over medium-hot coals for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side, basting often with marinade.