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Old 06-23-2012, 07:25 PM
 
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Ronnie here!

Howdy.....

I want to add shrimp to my grilling menu but since I don't buy it, I don't know which kind of shrimp to buy for grilling.

When I go to the store, I mainly see cocktail shrimp............


Tips, advice,suggestions are appreciated.

Ron
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Old 06-24-2012, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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The bigger, the better. We buy -- I think it says 12-14 on the bag. That means that there are 12 to 14 shrimp per pound. They're jumbo size, and we get them at Costco. They also have these ginormous ones -- they almost look like lobster tails -- but we've never gotten them.

They're frozen, uncooked, shell on, with the shell split and the vein removed.

They're fabulous.
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:11 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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For grilling, buy big shrimp, at least jumbo size. Expect 12 to 15 jumbo shrimp per pound and about 10 colossal. Wild American shrimp are the best! There are 3 main types of wild American shrimp: brown, white, and pink. Most available are the brown.
Smaller shrimp are difficult to handle over fire because they’re apt to slip through the rack or the grilling basket, and they’re hard to turn with long-handled tongs. Those are best on skewers and placed on the grill 3 to 4 inches above a moderately hot fire or use an oiled grill basket that hinges open and latches shut.

Have fun!
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Old 06-24-2012, 06:44 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Ronnie here!

Howdy.....

I want to add shrimp to my grilling menu but since I don't buy it, I don't know which kind of shrimp to buy for grilling.

When I go to the store, I mainly see cocktail shrimp............


Tips, advice,suggestions are appreciated.

Ron
We use the biggest we can find and afford. I think the package we normally get, if we buy in the package has about 15-20 per per lb and even they are really too small. The perfect would be less than 15, if you can get them from the meat and seafood section, not frozen that is better. If you do buy frozen make sure they are raw and still in the shell.

Nita
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:02 AM
 
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Thanks for all of the replies
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Old 06-24-2012, 08:46 AM
 
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Be careful. A lot of supermarket shrimp is farm raised from China. I saw a picture of one of those farms and it was pretty gross. Last week I grilled some wild blue shrimp from Mexico that I got at Trader Joes and made shrimp tacos with salsa cruda and pineapple. It was great, but at $15 a pound was a pretty pricey treat.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Islip,NY
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Jumbo or colossal is what I buy for grilling
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Old 06-24-2012, 02:35 PM
 
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Tiger Prawns

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Invasive, Tasty Tiger Prawns Prowl Gulf Waters : Discovery News
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Old 06-24-2012, 07:26 PM
 
Location: the AZ desert
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My preference is jumbo or colossal, fresh (not frozen), salt water shrimp.
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Old 06-25-2012, 04:27 AM
 
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Yeah, you definately want the largest possible as they shrink while cooking, the frozen ones get chewy so fresh is a must, and make sure they're salt water. I've made the mistake of buying fresh water prawns from India which I saw on sale at a local sea food market because they looked huge and the price was 50% less than the salt water prawns. Big mistake. They were mushy in texture and lacked that wonderful shrimp flavor even though I cooked and seasoned them the same.
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