Because nearly all the commercial shrimp we buy are individually quick-frozen shortly after being caught, the "fresh" shrimp in the seafood case is actually just thawed frozen shrimp. Non-frozen shrimp are less convenient and usually more expensive than frozen and because there's no telling when they were thawed, they can also be less fresh. Oh, the irony.
• Read more: L.A. Times Test Kitchen Tips: Frozen shrimp
Did you know this fact about fresh versus frozen shrimp? Which do you usually buy?
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