Shrimp, the underdog. Relegated to appetizer food, it awaits the fate of a drenching in overly-sweet cocktail sauce or a mashing into fried patties along with its crustaceous brethren. Its name flung as an insult on schoolyard playgrounds, shrimp even takes a beating outside the kitchen.

Needless to say, shrimp deserves better. Mild and buttery with a keenness for spice, the versatile shellfish can hold its own among the likes of crab and lobster -- but only if we give it a chance. So dust off your pairing knife and brush up on deveining -- we’re giving shrimp eight opportunities to steal the spotlight.

Spicy Shrimp by Helen

Spicy Shrimp

 

Shrimp Burgers with Roasted Garlic-Orange Aioli by EmilyC

Shrimp Burgers with Roasted Garlic-Orange Aioli

 

Shrimp Gumbo by drbabs

Shrimp Gumbo

 

Shrimp and Grits Style Risotto by ENunn

Shrimp and Grits Style Risotto

 

Shrimp Salad Sandwich by fiveandspice

Shrimp Salad Sandwich

 

Shrimp à la Bittman by Amanda Hesser

Shrimp a la Bittman

 

Porky, Gingery Shrimp Toasts by Mandy @ Lady and pups

Porky, Gingery Shrimp Toasts

 

Roasted Radicchio and Shrimp with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette by EmilyC

Roasted Radicchio and Shrimp with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

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A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).

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4 Comments

Roy R. June 2, 2014
I'm at a loss, I would like to impress some friends by preparing shrimp but I don't eat it (food allergies) how can I tell if the shrimp is fully cooked? What is the best/easiest way to prepare them without getting any one sick or grossed out?
 
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Taylor S. June 2, 2014
Hi Roy -- Shrimp is cooked and ready to eat when it loses its translucence and turns a pink-white color. It will also become slightly firmer and curl into a "C" shape.
 
Marjorie L. May 31, 2014
Hi Taylor, If you love shrimp, check these out. I love the site. Marjorie L.<br />http://cookingwithmrc.wordpress.com/2014/05/30/farfalle-shrimp-and-scallops-in-white-wine/<br />http://cookingwithmrc.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/cooking-with-mr-c-s-grilled-blueberry-shrimp/
 
Kenzi W. May 27, 2014
Taylor, a heartfelt thank you for reminding me to make that radicchio salad -- that thing is magic.