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Old 07-07-2007, 05:42 PM
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Anyone has some easy instructions on boiling a large amount of shrimp? I am having a seafood boil next week for work and don't want to mess up the shrimp. any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks
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Old 07-07-2007, 05:49 PM
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Nothing to it. First, make sure you have plenty of water in proportion to the shrimp. Don't crowd them. If you are cooking large amounts make sure you have a high BTU burner that can return the water to a boil fairly quickly. Get the water to a rolling boil, dump in liberal amounts of Old Bay (or similiar), dump in the shrimp, and return to a rolling boil. The shrimp will basically cook while the water is returning to a boil. I let them go for just a couple of minutes after it starts boiling again and the shrimp start floating. Turn off the heat and let them sit for just a minute or two to soak in some of the seasoning. Strain and serve or, strain, ice for a while, and then serve.

Now, if you are cooking anything in with the shrimp, the timing is different.
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What he said. If they cook too long, they'll be all rubbery.
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Old 07-07-2007, 09:29 PM
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why would you boil shrimp? their supposed to be steamed......even better with sliced onions and potatoes with old bay on them
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1 Zatarans Pro Boil
2 bags dry Zatarans
5 lbs "new" potatoes
5 lbs frozen corn on cob
4 large onions quarted
1 bunch celery cut in 1/2
3 lbs smoked sausage cut into 3"-4" pieces
4 large garlic bulbs with tops cut
2 packs large whole mushrooms

Put season and potatoes, onions and celery in large pot of water.
Bring to boil and then add everything else EXCEPT the shrimp.
Bring to boil and cook until potatoes are almost done. (Stick them with a knife. the knife should go through with little force)
Add shrimp and watch them very closely. In about 1-2 minutes you will see the shells puff up and seperate from the meat on the back of the tail.
Turn off fire, RIGHT NOW, and dump in a 10 lb bag of ice and stir.
Let shrimp soak in water and taste them every few minutes until they soak up enough season. 10-15 minutes usually.

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Old 07-07-2007, 09:58 PM
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are u just gonna cook shrimp???If not recipe above is awsome...We call it a frogmore stew round here,Some call it a lowcountry boil..either way it's some good eatin Great recipe few dollars
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:51 PM
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Better decapitate and peel and eviscerate and devein those shrimp before you cook or freeze them or they will be ruined. One stroke with a shrimper down the midline of the back, then one stoke down the midline of the front, pluck all that stuff out, then rinse the shrimp and put it right back on ice or freeze it until you are ready to thaw it and cook it.
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Old 07-07-2007, 10:53 PM
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Here's a little tip: Add about 2 tblsp of cooking oil to your water & they'll peel real easily.
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SurferGirl - 7/7/2007 9:51 PM

Better decapitate and peel and eviscerate and devein those shrimp before you cook or freeze them or they will be ruined. One stroke with a shrimper down the midline of the back, then one stoke down the midline of the front, pluck all that stuff out, then rinse the shrimp and put it right back on ice or freeze it until you are ready to thaw it and cook it.
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SurferGirl - 7/7/2007 9:51 PM

Better decapitate and peel and eviscerate and devein those shrimp before you cook or freeze them or they will be ruined. One stroke with a shrimper down the midline of the back, then one stoke down the midline of the front, pluck all that stuff out, then rinse the shrimp and put it right back on ice or freeze it until you are ready to thaw it and cook it.
Yea, what the hell is she talking about?
I dehead them only if I am freezing them and they are NEVER ruined.
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Better decapitate and peel and eviscerate and devein those shrimp before you cook or freeze them or they will be ruined. One stroke with a shrimper down the midline of the back, then one stoke down the midline of the front, pluck all that stuff out, then rinse the shrimp and put it right back on ice or freeze it until you are ready to thaw it and cook it.
Yea, what the hell is she talking about?
Pffffffft! Talking about cleaning shrimp.
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Old 07-07-2007, 11:56 PM
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I have never peeled and eviscerated and deveined shrimp before I froze them. I knock the heads off, put how ever many I want in a ziplock, add a little water and then froze. I also never deveined them before I cooked or ate them. Also, if the shrimp are big enough I pull the shell of off the head leaving the legs and the "viscera" and then deep fry it. Looks like a fried cricket but it's delicious.
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:38 AM
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SurferGirl - 7/7/2007 10:51 PM

Better decapitate and peel and eviscerate and devein those shrimp before you cook or freeze them or they will be ruined. One stroke with a shrimper down the midline of the back, then one stoke down the midline of the front, pluck all that stuff out, then rinse the shrimp and put it right back on ice or freeze it until you are ready to thaw it and cook it.


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A Few Dollars - 7/7/2007 9:53 PM

1 Zatarans Pro Boil
2 bags dry Zatarans
5 lbs "new" potatoes
5 lbs frozen corn on cob
4 large onions quarted
1 bunch celery cut in 1/2
3 lbs smoked sausage cut into 3"-4" pieces
4 large garlic bulbs with tops cut
2 packs large whole mushrooms

Put season and potatoes, onions and celery in large pot of water.
Bring to boil and then add everything else EXCEPT the shrimp.
Bring to boil and cook until potatoes are almost done. (Stick them with a knife. the knife should go through with little force)
Add shrimp and watch them very closely. In about 1-2 minutes you will see the shells puff up and seperate from the meat on the back of the tail.
Turn off fire, RIGHT NOW, and dump in a 10 lb bag of ice and stir.
Let shrimp soak in water and taste them every few minutes until they soak up enough season. 10-15 minutes usually.
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the RIGHT way to boil shrimp.

I'll add one more thing. When you add your shrimp, the water will stop boiling briefly, count 1-2 minutes AFTER it comes to a rolling boil again. I also chop the garlic into smaller pieces. I don't usually add the sausage, but it sounds good to me. Also, I know the Zatarains has salt in it, but it never hurts to add a little extra.
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Old 07-08-2007, 01:16 PM
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Here's a little tip: Add about 2 tblsp of cooking oil to your water & they'll peel real easily.
If you overcook them, a gallon of oil won't help.

When you add your shrimp, the water will stop boiling briefly, count 1-2 minutes AFTER it comes to a rolling boil again.
Depends how much shrimp you add and the size of the shrimp.
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In the midatlantic they tend to overcook them and then toss a ton of old bay seasoning on them. A Few Dollars has it right though. I never cook them more then 2 minutes. Also, I only use wild caught shrimp. Just my preference, plus I have been on too many shrimp farms in Southeast Asia.
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:39 PM
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A Few Dollars - 7/8/2007 1:16 PM

When you add your shrimp, the water will stop boiling briefly, count 1-2 minutes AFTER it comes to a rolling boil again.
Depends how much shrimp you add and the size of the shrimp.
I usually do 5-10 pounds at a time in a small/average size cooker. I prefer average size shrimp for boiling.
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Old 07-08-2007, 05:46 PM
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I've never ruined shrimp by not deviening them. Most of the time I never do. Rip the head off and todd them in the mix.

A Few Dollar's recipe is the best.
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:12 PM
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again surfer girl shows her ignorance. Anybody who peels and deveins their shrimp before boiling them .....well enough said. Hell wouldnt devein them anyway....take the heads off before freezing....yes...but with fresh shrimp available here all year long I never freeze them.
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Old 07-08-2007, 08:55 PM
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There is a little seafood shop by the house that has great stuff and great prices. I usually just buy them fresh when I need them.
I have friends of friends that are shrimpers, once or twice a year, when they are catching really nice shrimp they will give me a ice chest or two.
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