Did you know that Arizona is a shrimp oasis? Farmed in saltwater ponds in Gila Bend since 1995, desert sweet shrimp aren’t any less juicy than the imported shrimp we grub on from seafood restaurants.
You can enjoy all your favorite shrimp dishes while sourcing this popular crustacean locally, so in the spirit of summer cookin’ and grillin’, here are our 5 favorite shrimp recipes that you can make with Arizona desert shrimp!
1. Shrimp and Grits
Beyond the desert shrimp, corn grits, and seasonings, when it comes to this shrimp recipe, the rest is up to you. For your
Here’s how to prepare shrimp and grits: after bringing the water to a boil in a pan, add salt, pepper, and the grits, cooking until the water is absorbed. Transfer the pan away from your
To prepare the desert shrimp, first rinse them and pat them dry. Throw in your shrimp in a greased skillet, cooking them until they turn pink. Drizzle some fresh lemon juice, and season them with some chopped parsley and minced clove garlic. After sautéing the shrimp for about 3 minutes, they are ready to be devoured with spoonfuls of grits.
2. Desert Sweet Shrimp Paella
If you’re looking for some adventure in the kitchen, we think introducing desert shrimp paella to your home menu will leave your thirst for creativity—and stomachs—satisfied.
To nail a
Toss in peeled desert shrimp and mussels along with a pinch of saffron. Cook until the mussels open and the shrimp catch a pink color—and until the rice is done. In terms of presentation, we think lemon wedges and chopped cilantro add brightness.
3. Grilled Shrimp Skewers
In the midst of summer, we find ourselves craving the smoky charred flavors that only a
In a bowl, prepare your
You can choose to keep your skewers simple with just the grilled shrimp, or you can weave in pieces of pineapple, bell peppers, red onion, sausage—and more. Grilling your desert shrimp skewer can take as little as one minute. When you’re ready to get your grub on, we recommend squeezing some lime juice on your skewer; the char of the shrimp will soar with a touch of citrus.
4. Sautéed Cajun Shrimp
Our next desert shrimp recipe is simple to execute without skimping on flavor and spice.
In a large zip-top plastic bag, combine your peeled desert shrimp with paprika, dried thyme, dried oregano, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, shaking the bag until the crustaceans are coated.
Heat some vegetable oil in a non-stick skillet, and once it’s hot, throw in your seasoned shrimp. In about 5 minutes, your shrimp are done! We recommend serving them on a bed of rice and, if you’re looking for a spicy kick, with a green Thai chili pepper or two.
5. Coconut Fried Shrimp
To round out our list of shrimp recipes, we bring you a tropical offering. To make the batter for
After letting the batter stand for 15 minutes, incorporate peeled desert shrimp, and one by one, dredge each soaked prawn in a dry mixture of shredded sweetened coconut and breadcrumbs.
Our recommendation? We think you should lean into the tropical theme with a
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