The pros: With a little planning and a bit of actual cooking, Trader Joe's Uncooked Wild Blue Shrimp are quite good. Shrimp are a blank canvas and take well to a variety of cooking methods. These were a nice size and were not fishy at all.
The cons: Expensive, but a better value than some other options in the freezer aisle.
The verdict: For $16.99 you get a one pound bag of individually frozen shrimp. Defrosted overnight in the refrigerator, they were ready to become just about anything I wanted them to be. These are a nice sized shrimp. They aren't the biggest ones I've come across in my life, but in terms of a size you'll get 16-20 per pound.
So they're not small. In fact in terms of shrimp these are extra jumbo. Defrosted and cooked they tasted very fresh. They aren't actually blue. They cook to the same color that most other varieties do. I made mine using Bangin’ Good Shrimp Recipe except instead of Sriracha sauce I used Trader Joe's Yuzu Hot Sauce which adds a citrus flavor to the heat. It was good. I enjoyed it and I'd pick these up again.
The bag in the freezer aisle:
The nutritional information and ingredient:
After being prepared using Bangin’ Good Shrimp Recipe except instead of Sriracha sauce I used Trader Joe's Yuzu Hot Sauce you get:
How big are these shrimp? Here is a dinner fork for comparison:
Would I buy this again? Yes. Defrosted overnight Trader Joe's Uncooked Wild Blue Shrimp are a blank canvas to make your favorite recipe without having to go to a separate fish store. Very tasty, peeled, and need to be cooked the way you like them.
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I love shrimp and the calorie/protein ratio is great. It looks delicious the way you prepared it.
Thanks! What's your favorite way to prepare shrimp?
In recent months I have tended to cook it with taco seasoning and enjoyed it in tortilla wraps.
I buy frozen shrimp with regularity and I find TJ's to be a good value for the size of the shrimp when compared with big chain stores..
I use it in a variety of ethnic dishes with a variety of flavorings. and of course just breaded and deep fried, which I do less now than I used to..
I'm reading this while eating shrimp scampi. Thank you for the link to your recipe. I will look at TJ's for future shrimp purchases!
Seems like a reasonable price for good-sized wild shrimp.