West Coast Shrimp
by Trilogy Fish, Tofino
What's the difference between Shrimp and Prawns?" Size
and Region. In most areas, shrimp are small and the larger animals
are prawns. And, it seems size does count. The larger the shrimp, the
more they cost.
Shrimp are found worldwide. Here, in Tofino on the West Coast we
have pink shrimp (Pandalus borealis); side-stripe shrimp (Pandalopsis
prawns (Pandalus platyceros). Other shrimp available on the market
are usually farmed and exported from Ecuador, Southeast Asia/China
Unless you are able to buy shrimp or prawns fresh in season, expect
to buy them frozen or thawed. "Fresh" raw shrimp often
means "previously frozen and thawed." This is fine if you
are going to eat them immediately but ask your fish monger for frozen
to enjoy the freshest taste. Once thawed the shrimp are highly perishable.
Be sure the meat smells sweet and has no trace of ammonia smell.
In Tofino, some shrimp fishermen freeze their shrimp head-off in
water. This is a fine method of preservation and allows you to eat
in the off season and still savor the sweet taste of the fish. For
the freshest in frozen product, try IQF (individually quick frozen);
shrimp and prawns individually frozen at sea. This method preserves
the freshness best and is second only to having fresh caught product.
How to cook shrimp
Shrimp are tender — The best way to cook them is to boil water,
add shrimp, cooking for about 3 minutes. Once cooked, remove from the
water and chill in ice water.
As the shrimp get larger, they become more firm and you can grill,
sauté or broil with your favourite seasonings.
My friend Cheryl gave me her recipe and I have to tell you, it's
tasty and a nice change from the same-old same-old. There are no portions
so experiment and adjust each spice to taste.
| Olive oil
| Cracked Pepper
| Lemon Juice
| Lea and Perrins Sauce (Wourcestershire
| Crushed Rosemary
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Add shell on raw
Place in a shallow baking dish spacing
Broil for 15-20 minutes
Peel and eat.
Lick you fingers.
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Information about west coast shrimp from Tofino fish experts Trilogy Fish with tips on how to cook shrimp and Cheryl's Shrimp Recipe.