Dried shrimp is a preparation originally from the Asian continent, but it is also very popular in Mexican food and in many parts of the world.
There are different dishes that can be prepared with these shrimp, we have prepared several of these delicious dishes and today we share with you an exclusive selection of dried shrimp recipes.
How to clean dried shrimp?
Rinse the shrimp, drain them, boil them for 10 minutes in enough water with onion and garlic if you prefer. Then strain the shrimp and reserve the broth, clean them, remove their heads, tails and legs.
How to hydrate them?
Let them soak in cold water for 30 to 60 minutes, once they are ready you will notice that the shrimp are a little bigger.
This procedure will also help to eliminate some of the excess salt from the sun-drying process and chemical reactions.
How to peel dried shrimp?
Remove the shell from the shrimp as well as the head, because the eyes make the food bitter, and the legs; you can leave the tails on or remove them.
What to serve with them?
You can serve them with white or green rice, mashed potatoes, crispy plantains or plantains, french fries, salads, cous-cous, among others.
A little bit more about dried shrimp
To obtain dried shrimp, the shrimp are cooked without removing their shells, then salted and left to dehydrate directly under the heat of the sun and packaged.
As for their flavor, it is completely different from fresh shrimp, because in addition to being particularly salty, they have a natural touch of sweetness.
They are not found everywhere, but where they are available, you will find them in Asian grocery stores, in the frozen section.
Gastronomically they are used as ingredients in stews, stir-fries, salads, and in many other preparations, depending on the origin of the gastronomy, for example, to prepare Thai chili paste, or Chinese Dim-sum stuffing, shrimp enchilados.
These shrimps are presented in different sizes, often small.
Keep in mind that each country that prepares them does it in a certain way, following its culinary traditions.