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Shrimp & Shrimp Scampi Cooking Tips
Summer is right around the corner, and it is time to fire up the grill. NFI along with Wegmans Food Markets have put together a few tips on how to prepare delicious and healthy seafood meals on your outdoor grill.

Here are a few suggested general ingredients you should consider when grilling seafood: Seafood, Salt and pepper, Vegetable oil, Basting oil. And don't forget to include utensils such as: Basting brush, Cutting board, Digital thermometer, Hot pads, Kitchen fork, Knife, Long barbecue fork and tongs, Metal grill brush, Nonstick grill foil, Prep and serving platters, Slotted spatula, Soft cloth for oiling grill grates.

How to Grill Shrimp
  • Preheat grill on HIGH 10 min (if using charcoal grill, HIGH is barely gray coals with ash)
  • Measure and prepare all ingredients; have ready to add.
  • Drizzle both sides of seafood to lightly coat with basting oil. (Drizzling instead of brushing avoids contact with raw product and helps prevent cross-contamination.)
  • Clean grill with wire brush. Using soft cloth, coat grill grate lightly with vegetable oil. A faint smoke indicates grill is ready. To prevent flare-ups, make sure oil doesn’t drip into flames.
  • Adjust heat (MEDIUM or LOW usually best for seafood).
  • For fully cooked finfish, baste and cook 1-3 min. Turn over again; baste. Check internal temperature by inserting thermometer into thickest part of seafood and cook until turns from translucent to opaque in the center.
  • Remember: The fish will continue to cook for a few minutes after it is removed from the grill, so be sure not to overcook.
  • Grilling times for finfish are generally 3-4 minutes per side for fish 1 inch or less in thickness, 5-6 minutes per side for fillets greater than 1 inch thickness and kabobs should be cooked about 2 minutes per side.
  • To Grill Shellfish, a grill basket will yield the best results.
  • For great tasting shrimp, grill with the shells on, turn once and continue grilling until flesh is white, about 2-3 minutes total. Grilled lobster tails do not need to be turned, but meat is cooked when opaque and shells are a vivid red.
  • Transfer seafood to clean platter and let rest at least 2 minutes.
Source: Wegman’s Food Markets – www.wegmans.com

Easy Tips and Tricks for Enjoying Shrimp
Shrimp can be enjoyed a number of ways; they are easy to grill, broil, sauté and pan fry. Check out our easy tips and tricks (PDF, 73k) for enjoying shrimp.

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EatShrimp.com is more than just a place for tips on cooking shrimp, like how to grill shrimp, we also provide information on shrimp nutrition & health, a section where you can ask the dietitians about any of your shrimp or seafood concerns, and an incredible shrimp and kid’s corner section that is full of fun and educational activities about shrimp.

Ask a dietition

  • I know that shrimp and other fish are a good source of heart-healthy omega-3 fats – but now I’m seeing omega-3s in all sorts of products in the grocery store. Does this mean that if I eat these other foods it’s not as important to eat my 2 servings of seafood a week?

    John D., Austin, TX

We already know that shrimp is low in fat and calories. But if you are concerned about cholesterol, there is good news. You do not have to give up shrimp! Research shows and dietitians concur that the high percentage of "good fats" in shrimp reduces the impact of cholesterol. So enjoy shrimp as part of a balanced - and delicious - diet.