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Pink Shrimp from Argentina - How do they compare?

My local market has what they are calling Argentinian Pink Shrimp. The shell appears to be thicker than Key West Pink Shrimp. Anyone ever eaten this type of shrimp? If yes, how does the taste and texture compare?

asked by CaryNC over 3 years ago
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added over 3 years ago

I haven't had them, but I've heard other rave about the ones you can sometimes ffind frozen at Trader Joe's. They never stay in stock very long, so I'd give them a go.

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added over 3 years ago

Yes I have eaten the Argentina shrimp they are sweeter than your regular shrimp almost like lobster very tasty. Yes, a little thicker in the shell so you if you cook them with the shell on cook them a little longer then other shrimp. Also, I've gotten my shrimp from Harris Teeter.

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added almost 3 years ago

Actually, I work for a company that imports these Shrimp You DO NOT want to overcook them as they get mushy very easily. Just boil or steam for a couple of minutes or until flesh is firm.

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added over 3 years ago

Wow! I'm curious to try and will definitely be on the lookout. I moved from Argentina one year ago. We were there for 3 years. I love seafood but Argentines prefer beef so it was slim pickings on the seafood. I bought and cooked shrimp a few times but was never overly impressed with them. I'm going to be on the lookout for these.

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added over 3 years ago

I haven't tried those. But look into "rock shrimp" from the east coast of Florida--which might be similar to the key west shrimp you mention.

Very thick shell, and almost lobster like in taste. It's rare to find them with shell-on frozen because the shell is very thick and difficult to remove.

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added almost 3 years ago

I also purchased my shrimp from Harris Teeter. My question is why did the water turn pink when I rinsed them....they're supposed to be wild, thus not dyed like some farm raised salmon. I don't think they taste like lobster at all. I grilled mine on the Foreman grill. I am going to try them next in brown rice, Asian style.

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added 4 months ago

Your water turned pink because your shrimp were actually fresh. There is no dye added. I live in South Carolina. I get shrimp right off the boats when they come in. When i steam or sautee my shrimp the water is pink. I add some cream, garlic. White wine and salt n pepper and a tad of flour and make a great rue out of that great shrimp water and piur it over pasta. That pink water is what you want. Argetine shrimp are just. FAB tooo

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added almost 3 years ago

Yes I purchased these from Harris Teeter. The shell is bright pink when raw and there is often dark pink "gunky stuff" along with the vein (not sure if it's edible so I discard). I gently cook these in butter or split in half lengthwise and broil for 3-4 mins. The meat is super sweet and tender. To me it compares to lobster but sweeter. Deedogg for some reason the rinse water does turn pink - I think it's just their natural coloring not a dye. They are a deep water shrimp thus the thick shell.

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added over 2 years ago

We also get these at Harris Teeter here in Virginia. We had them tonight baked with butter and black pepper and Old Bay seasoning. Scrumptious! They are sweet, rather lobster-like and very tender. We eat the above mentioned pink gunk with no issues. I am thinking that their pinkness might be wholesome as they may have astaxanthin in them, perhaps from eating krill????? Anyway they're wonderful and not farmed (yet) so get them when you see them. To bake them: Preheat oven to 425, melt a stick of butter in a 13 x 9 pan. Put about 2 Tbsp. black pepper and Old Bay seasoning (to taste) in the butter and mix it around. Add the shrimp and stir to coat on all sides. Bake for about 15 minutes or so or until done. The ones we get are usually extra large so they take a bit longer. This is a great, easy recipe. Put newspaper on the table and eat them right out of the pan. Get a cold beer as that goes well with them. Enjoy!

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added over 2 years ago

The pink color is due to iodine on the shell from the krill and other items.

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added over 2 years ago

I get mines from Harris Teeter. They cost about 12.99 a pound. Everytime I go there the shrimp are available.

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added 7 months ago

These shrimp are excellent, we're having them for a second time tonight and just tried them yesterday. The taste is a little different then regular shrimp, their texture is completely different, not as chewy as regular shrimp. When I cleaned them I wore some gloves and there were some pink staining of the gloves, not sure why. When you remove the shells there is a pronounced coloration like a tiger prawn, like pink or red stripes. One other thing, there appears to be a "row" of sorts inside the shrimp, it's orangish in color and we removed that when cleaning. Reminded me of the orange coral you sometimes find in Maine Lobsters, though some consider it a delicacy we prefer not to indulge. I would compare the cleaned meat to rock shrimp if you ever had that. I love these things, we will definitely be buying more.

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added 7 months ago

I've been tempted to eat the pink "roe" you find when you devein them, but I'm not sure that's it truly a roe. Perhaps its the traditional digestive track but not black due to their diet. I can often find them on sale at Harris Teeter here in NC for $7.99 a pound. I like them but I must say I think Key West or fresh NC shrimp are the best flavor and texture.

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added 4 months ago

I am so happy that I read all the comments about Pink Shrimp from Argentina. About a month ago one of my local markets had them on sale for 6.99 a pound in two pound bags. I bought 2 bags and put them in my basement freezer because I had Key West shrimp in the freezer upstairs. After reading all the comments, I am eagerly looking forward to eating the Pink Shrimp. Thank all of you.

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