are among the favorite foods in the USA. With the improvements in food technology, shrimp is now available even in desert areas such as Mexico, Las Vegas etc. The shrimps after processing are packed and frozen. These shrimp can be purchased anywhere in the country.

After you have gotten the shrimp, you need a complete knowledge of how to cook raw shrimp properly because if improperly cooked the dish will become too hard to eat and will also contain a great number of bacteria that can cause serious hazards to the health of a person.

There are a number of methods to cook the raw shrimp. These include boiling, baking, frying or grilling. The choice is a matter of priority in terms of taste or the quickness of the procedure. All the methods require proper defrosting prior to cooking.

While defrosting, use the following precautions:

  • Never defrost the shrimp at room temperature since it will cause dehydration of flesh, leading to hardening;
  • Never use a microwave oven to defrost;
  • Using the refrigerator for defrosting is a good idea. Keep the shrimp in the fridge for the whole night.
  • You can also defrost the shrimp by putting them in cold water, after wrapping them in some water repellent foil.

Once you have defrosted the shrimp, the next step is to remove the shell and intestinal vein on the back of animal. A sharp knife and running cold water are enough for this purpose.

Cooking raw shrimp can be done in a variety of ways. If you chose to fry the shrimps, you must follow the steps below:

  • Take the defrosted and unshelled shrimps;
  • In a bowl, pour the egg yolk.
  • Now add 2 pounds of milk into the yolk.
  • In another container, take some flour and add into it salt and pepper according to your taste.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the contents of both containers.
  • Apply the above mixture to the shrimp and allow the flavor to penetrate.
  • Heat some oil in the frying pan to a temperature of more than 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Now start frying.

Note that the shrimp must not be over fried. The clear indication of being ready is that the shrimp turns brown or when the ideal frying has been achieved. It takes approximately 3-5 minutes depending upon the size of animal and the degree of defrosting. When you’re done, take them out of the pan, dry the excessive oil and enjoy.

If you want more taste, you can also add some butter while frying.