The BEST way to cook shrimp is to poach them gently. They end up delicate and so juicy. Learn how here.
If you’re making shrimp cocktail, or need a very basic way to cook shrimp, poaching is for you. It’s actually the best way to cook shrimp, in my opinion. The flavor of the shrimp itself really shines and, more importantly, the shrimp end up with the most delicate texture: plump, juicy and not at all tough or rubbery. The reason that the texture is so fantastic with poached shrimp is because you cook them very very gently.
Here’s how to poach shrimp perfectly:
Get a medium or large saucepan. This depends on the number of shrimp you’re cooking. 12-15 shrimp cook well in a 3 quart pot whereas a larger pot is needed if you’re doing more than that. Fill it about 3/4 full of water.
Add salt. I use about 1/2 teaspoon.
Then you can add other aromatic ingredients if you’d like. Half of a lemon is a great addition. Squeeze the juice into the pot before adding the halved lemon.
Peppercorns and parsley are two other things you can add. These aren’t as important as the salt but are nice additions.
Bring the pot to a rapid boil over high heat.
Remove from the heat and let it stop boiling.
Add the shrimp.
Cover the pot. And let sit for 4-5 minutes, until shrimp are opaque and pink.
Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath: In a large bowl put two cups of ice cubes and fill halfway with cold water.
When shrimp are cooked, drain off the hot liquid and transfer shrimp (but not the aromatics) to the ice bath. Let them sit in there for a few minutes to fully cool off before draining.
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