Shrimps Demystified: Fried and garlicky shrimps

the actual demystification

I know that all of us are very into seafood but none of us actually takes charge into buying a cooking it. There is some sort of automatic blocker with dealing with an ingredient that is so subtle and delicate. Adding the fact that it can also be expensive and toping with our general risk aversive attitude, seafood goes to the bottom of the list when it comes to priorities of shopping.

There are two ways to tackle this problem, either go to a supermarket nearby and buy some pre-packaged, deveined and cleaned shrimps or go to a nearby fish-market and buy some fresh ones. Now the later is always better and much tastier but pack a little extra effort. 

If you get fresh shrimp, bear in mind that they tend to go bad very easily, so at this point, your nose is your best friend.

  1. IF shrimp smells funny (funny=amonia in food) THEN NO GO.
  2. Fresh shrimps have a very robust built – so if they are extremely soft and slimy – that’s another no-go situation.
  3. If you are buying it in a supermarket – 9 times out of 10 – they are frozen fish which are thawed – so unless you will use it immediately, just go for the frozen ones

For all the other cases make sure that you buy frozen ones. Let them defrost under runny water and it will take just a couple of minutes. Clean them up really good – you do not want any seafood slime left. If they come with the shell it is up to you what you do with it, but if you de-shell them, on their back you will see a black line – take a knife, make a little cut and take it out. 

Once they are clean and ready, you have to prep everything. As shrimps cook really fast, we want to make sure that we have everything at hand so that they do not get all gummy. Once everything is ready, open up a bottle of white or chilled rose wine and let’s get to cooking!


  • 500gr of fresh or thawed frozen shrimp
  • a couple of garlic cloves
  • red pepper flakes
  • salt and  freshly ground black pepper
  • olive oil
  • A little bit of chopped coriander for freshness

steps to happiness

  1. Clean up the shrimps, dry them up and put them aside. Chop the garlic in small pieces. 
  2. On a frying pan, add some olive oil and chop the garlic.
  3. Quickly fry the garlic, and once it gets a little translucent, add the shrimps
  4. Salt them, pepper them and if you like it a little hot, add some red pepper flakes. 
  5. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan as then the shrimps are going to release a lot of liquid and you will be boiling them.
  6. they will need 2 minutes on each side. By this time the garlic would have been caramelized and everything would look and 
  7. Remove it from the pan and make sure to eat it immediately.
  8. If you think you added a little too much red pepper flakes as I did, just shop some coriander on top!

Depending on how this plate comes out for you, you can integrate some sort of additions to the dish. Eating it as is, works – but getting a bottle of wine and eating the shrimp with it, works as well.


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