I’ve eaten so much shrimp in the last two months I feel as though I might turn into a crustacean… This is mostly due to the fact that I am really bad about taking things out of the freezer to thaw and then I find myself at 6 pm, hungry with a 2 pound brick of frozen chicken breasts or a can of black beans for the meal’s protein. I don’t think I need to explain in detail why I stay away from black beans *hums Pumba’s theme song from the Lion King*
So I’ve come to rely on shrimp because I can thaw it in about 10 minutes and cook it in five which is even faster than ordering a pizza. Since I’ve been making shrimp so frequently, I’ve come up with all sorts of fantastic ways to eat it.
Shrimp cocktail is a classic and is perfect as an appetizer or an accompaniment to whatever leftovers I’ve scrounged up from the fridge that night. You can make it ahead if you’re the ‘think ahead’ type (please teach me your ways!) or whip it up last minute if you’re in a pinch. This is the ultimate lazy party food, you use hardly any dishes or silverware and everyone thinks you’re a goddess… For other shrimp ideas check out Simple Pad Thai and Shrimp Ceviche.