Easy and Delicious Shrimp Chowder
Shrimp is one of the easiest seafood’s to prepare, and with a simple chowder recipe, anyone can create a scrumptious meal in minutes. Grab a loaf of your favorite sourdough and get ready to be delighted.
Here are three quick tips for cooking shrimp:
- It’s best to buy your seafood fresh, but if you have to purchase frozen make sure you defrost it correctly. Take the time to leave it overnight in a refrigerator. Using warm or hot water will leave them soggy and putting them in the microwave will begin to cook them.
- The easiest way to devein shrimp is by using a pair of kitchen shears or a sharp paring knife. After removing the shell and the tail, use your shears to cut a slit all the way along the back of the shrimp from “head” to “tail.” You should be able to see a long dark vein. Use a knife to hook the vein and pull it out.
- Be careful not to overcook them. Unlike meat, they only need to achieve internal heat of about 120° You can tell when they are ready because they will turn from gray/blue to opaque pink. If it curled up into a tight circle, it’s overcooked and will have a tough consistency.
- 1 pound TBS peeled and deveined shrimp (medium size works well)
- 2 cups vegetable broth
- 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, minced
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ cup carrots, chopped
- ½ cup onion, chopped
- ¼ cup celery chopped
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/3 cup heavy cream
- Add the broth, thyme, and black pepper to a large saucepan. Warm until it’s just about to boil and then turn it down to a medium simmer. Wait 5 minutes before moving to the next step.
- Make a mirepoix by sautéing the carrots, onions, and celery using olive oil until the vegetables are tender—about 3 minutes. Add the flour and stir with a whisk.
- Add the vegetable mixture and the shrimp to the broth. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Add the heavy cream and simmer for an additional 4 minutes.
Serve immediately in deep bowls with a side of bread and light dinner salad.
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