Well, shrimp is high in calcium, iodine and protein. Although it provides a significant source of cholesterol, it is considered healthy for the circulatory system with its high content of omega-3. Whether frozen or fresh, always use a trusted source when buying shrimp. Trust your instincts when it comes to smell. If it does not smell right, chances are it’s going ‘off’ and should not be consumed.
- When shelling, pinch off the head and legs, then hold the tail and peel the shell from the body.
- If shelling frozen shrimp, do not defrost completely. It is easier to shell when they are slightly frozen.
- When de-veining, slice down the back of the shrimp with a knife and hold under cold running water.
And now the best part! Shrimp can be enjoyed in a number of ways; from eaten cold with a cocktail sauce, or used as salad toppers, to a warm stir-fry with rice or pasta options. But a Jamaican favourite is ‘Pepper Swims’. Very popular in ‘middle quarters’ on the island’s south coast, the shrimp is usually prepared with scotch bonnet, garlic, scallion, and all-spice; blazing with heat and full of flavor.
For Jamaican Shrimp Recipes see:- http://www.popupgourmetjamaica.com/peel-and-eat-hot-pepper-shrimp.html