Tuesday, September 6, 2011

HEADS-ON SHRIMP DISH (Chinese style)

Shrimp is one of my favorite seafood to eat.  I like shrimp best when they're freshly caught and still with heads on.

8 Large Prawns with heads or 1lb fresh shrimp (any size)
1 8oz can 7Up or 1/2 cup water
1 inch peeled ginger sliced
4 stalks of scallions
1/4 c sushi vinegar or plain white vinegar w/ 1TB sugar
1/8 c soy sauce
1 large garlic clove peeled and minced
1 jalapeno pepper sliced or minced (optional)

Wash whole shrimp.  Pour 7Up or water into large wok or boiling pot and add the 1 cut up scallion stalk and the sliced ginger.  When boiling, add the shrimp, cover and cook just until it turns orange.  Remove from heat immediately and drain.  Approximately 10 minutes or less.

Shrimp cooking in pot
Mix together in a small bowl, the vinegar, minced scallions, minced garlic and soy sauce as dipping sauce.

The ingredients on the left makeup the dipping sauce on the right.

Optional: minced hot peppers.
This is what we had for dinner the eve of Hurricane Irene.  I figured if we run out of power, we might as well eat the shrimp while fresh.

Here's what you can eat from the shrimp's head:
Shrimp head opened
Shrimp can be part of a heart-healthy diet. The crustaceans are low in fat and calories while providing protein, phosphorus, iron and vitamin B-12. Shrimp also contains a significant amount of cholesterol. The type of cholesterol in shrimp, however, may not have a negative impact on your health.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/436910-are-shrimp-a-high-cholesterol-food/#ixzz1XCo2t8mT

Eating shrimp increases the "good" HDL type of cholesterol ratio to "bad" LDL type of cholesterol, and so it is an appropriate choice for inclusion in heart-healthy diets.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/454942-can-i-lose-weight-if-i-eat-shrimp/#ixzz1XCw780jk

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