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Shrimps are popular anywhere. They are delicious, healthy and will suit any occasion. They are always outstanding at parties and outdoor gatherings, whatever they are prepared. To find out more about how long we should fry shrimps, let us first understand some of the facts!
How Long Does It Take To Fry Shrimps?
Whether they are simply fried or used in complicated recipes, shrimps are very quick to cook. It takes just 3-4 minutes on average and they are done! It depends on the number of shrimps, the size of them, the heat that you fry them at and what type of recipe you are making. You can also cook shrimps with their shells still on or peeled.
The bottom line is, it does not take long to prepare your yummy shrimps.
How Do You Know When Shrimps Are Cooked?
The secret of great tasting shrimps is to not overcook them as they will lose their juicy taste and become hard. Since they cook so quickly, you need to watch out for this.
Here are the different ways to know if your shrimps are done:
The experts say that shrimps should be cooked at a temperature of 83 degrees C but I do not check the temperature as I find it a hassle to use a thermometer for such a quick dish.
The shells of raw shrimps look gray in color but if you take a closer look, the flesh should be translucent. So make sure you buy them fresh from the market.
When it is cooked, the color changes from gray to pink. The tails should be bright red and the flesh inside a little white in color. If they are overcooked the color will be a bright white. It is fun to watch the color change in a few seconds while you cook!
Shape and Size
Shrimps should be a little straight before you cook them, meaning you are able to softly straighten the tail when it curls a bit. When the shrimps are cooked, they will start to gradually curl and look like a letter "C".
Cooked shrimps tend to shrink when they are well done. It might not be that much, but you can tell the difference by looking at them.
The Two Methods Of Frying Shrimps
1. Pan Frying
For me, pan frying is the easiest way to cook shrimps. No matter what the recipe is, they will always taste good. You can simply pan fry them with or without their shells or stir-fry them with your favorite vegetables. There are so many ways to cook shrimps in a skillet. Below are some well-known popular recipes:
Shrimp and Vegetable Stir-Fry
Do you love to fry shrimps with your favorite vegetables and a tasty sauce? This recipe is best eaten with steam rice, but do not overcook it. It is best to eat shrimps and veggies that are tender.
Here is a video which shows you how to fry them:
2. Deep Frying
There are two ways to deep-fry shrimps – you can batter them or bread them. Want to know the differences between the two methods? Here they are:
- Battered coating: This coating is a mixture of water, a different kind of flour and some seasoning of your choice. It is usually flavored (with chili and garlic) if you buy it in the supermarket, but you can make it from scratch at home. It is often called "wet coating".
- Breaded coating: This is often called "dry coating". Breading is a mixture of flour and seasonings, breadcrumbs and beaten egg. First dip the shrimps into the flour, then into the eggs, and lastly into the breadcrumbs before deep-frying it.
The coatings are important when you fry food, since it adds flavor and makes the shrimps crunchy on the outside and tender inside. It also functions as a buffer between the hot oil and the shrimps.
Here is the best recipe for deep-fried shrimps that you should learn.
Well, what did your fried shrimps taste like? Just remember, the secret is to never overcook them. Shrimps go well with almost everything, whether it be soup, fried, baked or battered. Nothing can go wrong!
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