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STEAM SHRIMP

STEAM SHRIMP

Steam Shrimp

Steamed Shrimp–Click picture for photo credits

When you steam shrimp, the shrimp never touch the water but are suspended above the water on a rack. You can steam them cleaned or in the shell. Many people believe shrimp boiled in the shell have more flavor. Use a pan big enough to hold a steamer rack or a conventional steamer. Many sets or pots and pans have something set up for steaming. An inverted bowl can be used with a rack or plate on top of it just high enough to keep the shrimp out of the water and allowing the pan to be covered.
Place 1-2 inches of water into the pan and add the steamer rack.
Bring the water to a boil.
Place the shrimp on the rack and cover the pan.
When the steam starts to escape from the pot, start timing. About 3 minutes should be enough.
Check after 2 minutes. They are done when the shrimp turn opaque. When you steam shrimp it will curl up when cooked. They will look like the letter C when they are done. If they look like the letter O they will be over-done.
When they are done, immediately put them in ice water to stop the cooking, and drain in a colander. They turn to rubber if over cooked.
If serving hot skip the ice water.
For information on other types of cooking shrimp clink on the following links.

HOW TO BAKE SHRIMP
HOW TO BOIL SHRIMP
HOW TO BROIL SHRIMP
HOW TO DEEP FRY SHRIMP
HOW TO GRILL SHRIMP
HOW TO PAN FRY SHRIMP
HOW TO STEAM SHRIMP

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