Shrimp - America's Favorite Seafood

outer banks shrimp, shrimp cocktail, cocktail sauceAccording to a Coastal Living article, American's eat more shrimp than any other seafood, about 4 pounds per person a year. We know they are great, so how do we make sure we pick the best? Here are a few tips from the article:

1. Frozen or Fresh - either is fine but be sure to look for IQF if they are frozen. This means individually quick frozen.
2. Wild or Farmed - both are great tasting and fisherman of wild fish are now required to follow regulations to help save the turtles.
3. Are they safe to eat - Although only 10% of shrimp are from the Gulf, they are safe to eat. Fishing is prohibited in areas where oil is present and the coast guard monitors these areas.

So now you know how to pick the shrimp, here is a tip from Coastal Living on how to put a twist on store bought cocktail sauce by adding the following ingredients:

1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
1 tsp lemon zest
1 tsp smoky chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
fresh lime juice
1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
1/4 cup mayo
1/4 cup chopped sweet pickles