Litopenaeus setiferus, a crustacean otherwise known as shrimp, has been ranked as the #1 selling seafood in America for 10 years straight now. When you consider how versatile – and tasty – shrimp is, it’s not hard to see why it has outpaced other types of seafood in sales and popularity.
What’s more, there are so many ways to prepare shrimp. From simple dishes like shrimp and vegetable soup to elaborate eats such as creamy saffron shrimp with gnocchi and caramelized onion, there are countless options for the hurried suburban parent to the seasoned master chef.
Shrimp is also available in many forms. You can buy a delicious, easy-to-make package of shrimp from SeaPak, pick up fresh shrimp from your grocer’s seafood section, or go to a bona fide fish market if you have the courage to prepare a shrimp meal from scratch. Or, if you live along the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic shoreline, you could simply drop a line and try catching your shrimp dinner!
Here are a few more reasons the culinary spotlight has descended upon the shrimp:
- Shrimp is easy to make. It can be prepared and on the table, ready to be enjoyed, in less than 15 minutes. Talk about fast food!
- Shrimp can be used in a wide range of dishes, such as pizza, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, macaroni and cheese, and more. The character Bubba from the movie “Forrest Gump” famously lists many other ways to prepare and serve shrimp… “You can barbecue it, boil it, broil it, bake it… Lemon shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp stew…” Yes, shrimp is one seafood that can wear many hats, that’s for sure!
- Shrimp is not only an easy type of seafood to prepare, but it is delicious, too – and that makes it easy to get in those two-plus servings of seafood that the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Human and Health Services recommend we consume each week.
- Shrimp is a great protein to feed your family. Shrimp can be dipped in sauce, fried, grilled, and sautéed – and that’s just for beginners. Kids and adults alike love popcorn shrimp and shrimp dippers (instead of chicken fingers), and adults will “ooh and ah” over shrimp salad, shrimp pasta, and other luxurious dishes.
Shrimp is so popular, there is even a National Shrimp Day – celebrated on May 10 – to honor the beloved crustacean! Whether it is May 10, December 1, or any other day of the year, shrimp is a crowd-pleasing dish that you, your family, and friends are sure to enjoy.