When you're in need of a quick meal, shrimp is the way to go. It can cook as quickly as two minutes, and almost never takes longer than seven. And when prepared with a skilled hand, it makes one satisfying dish. It's true that shrimp can be disappointing when overcooked, but if you click through the slideshow below you'll learn how to make it 13 different ways with delicious results every time.With the increasing issue of unsustainable shrimping practices, it's important to understand what to look out for when buying shrimp. Some good things to keep in mind are:
- Opt for local over imported. Shrimping regulations are stricter in the U.S. compared to other parts of the world.
- Wild is oftentimes better than farmed. And look for smaller trawling companies, because they're less susceptible to bycatch (other marine life that gets harmed in shrimping nets).
- Search for shrimp certified by an independent agency, such as Wild American Shrimp or the Marine Stewardship Council. Even though these aren't federal organizations, they still provide a level of standards.
For a quick tutorial on how to clean and devein shrimp, check out our slideshow.
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