National shrimp day
May 10th, 2012
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

Grab some fresh fruit of the sea - May 10 is National Shrimp Day!

Whether you bake, boil, fry, grill, put 'em in a stew, serve 'em Southern-style with grits, stir into a scampi or stick on top of a cocktail, shrimp can be served so many ways, you'll run out daylight first.

At the base of soups or used for flavoring, shrimp is at the heart of Asian cooking. In Spain, folks like to toss them in with paella while Italians include shrimp in their pasta dishes. Coconut shrimp is a favorite in Caribbean cuisine, and curried shrimp is alive and well in Southeast Asia. And of course, fried shrimp is king here in the U.S.

But no matter where you are, you'll have to peel and devein those little beauties first. The shell is easy to detach - just hold the tail and peel away. To get rid of the digestive tract, just cut a slit in the back of the shrimp and remove it with a deveining tool, or even a knife, skewer or toothpick.

Pop shrimp all day long with these fun, tasty and varied ways. Summer is well on its way, so there's no better time to test out your favorite shrimp dishes ... or become a shrimp boat captain, if you're so inclined.



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  1. Skippy319

    If only I would have known! Could have picked some up when I went to the market. After reading this article now my taste buds are craving Shrimp!

    May 10, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply

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