Fresh vs. Frozen
When making shrimp cakes, using fresh shrimp is preferable and can make a remarkable difference in both flavor and texture. Fresh shrimp possess a sweet and delicate taste, yielding a succulent bite compared to their frozen counterparts. That said, depending on your location, fresh shrimp may not always be readily accessible. In such cases, frozen shrimp can provide a reliable alternative, allowing you to enjoy shrimp cakes regardless of the season or location without losing too much flavor-wise. When using frozen shrimp, it’s important to thaw them properly before cooking to ensure even cooking and optimal texture. Follow the instructions on the packaging for thawing methods, or place them in a bowl of cold water for a quick thaw.
Tips for Buying Fresh Shrimp
When purchasing fresh shrimp, look for shrimp with firm, translucent flesh and a mild, slightly salty, oceanic aroma. Avoid any shrimp with a strong, ammonia-like smell. The shrimp flesh should not have any black spots or discoloration. Fresh shrimp should be stored properly in a cold environment and used within a day or two for the best taste and quality.
Health Benefits of Shrimp
Apart from their mouthwatering taste, shrimp also pack a nutritious punch. They are an excellent source of lean protein, low in calories, and contain essential vitamins and minerals such as selenium, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. Incorporating shrimp into your diet can contribute to heart health, boost brain function, and support overall well-being.
As the summer heat rolls in, shrimp cakes are an excellent choice for a light non-fussy meal for the family or when entertaining. Both shrimp cakes and cod cakes are two extremely popular dishes in my home year-round.